Top location on the ‘Crash for Cash’ list for the second year running is..
Birmingham, who feature five times in the top 10 locations
In 2016, more than 3,000 fraudulent ‘crash for cash’ claims were made – this represents insurers discovering a dodgy claim every three hours and for the second year running it’s Birmingham who take the top spot on the table, which shows insurance fraud hot spots up and down the country.
The Insurance Fraud Bureau are responsible for compiling the league table which shows Birmingham as the top crash for cash area in Britain for 2017 – 10 of the top 30 postcodes are actually in Birmingham!
Despite the Government bringing new measures in to deal with fraudulent insurance claims, motor insurance companies in the UK are still sniffing out dodgy claims roughly every three hours.
According to figures released by the Insurance Fraud Bureau, crash for cash tactics cost insurance providers in the UK around £36million each year, whilst claims for whiplash mean another £2billion is added to the bill every year.
As a result of fake whiplash claims, trustworthy motorists involved in the crash also end up paying more, as innocent drivers are roughly paying an extra £90 for their insurance premium.
On the upside however, is that the number of orchestrated accidents have fallen by 40% – this is when two damaged vehicles are placed together in an effort to trick the authorities into believing an incident has happened. It’s thought these type of scams are on the decrease mainly because of new fraud prevention tools which are used by insurers such as Aviva.
Head of Fraud at Aviva, Tom Gardiner said: “We remain very concerned that fraudsters continue to put their own greed ahead of innocent motorists’ safety. Our figures show induced accidents now account for nearly half of all organised motor fraud we detect.”
Top 10 Crash for Cash Areas in 2017 (inc. Postcodes):
- Birmingham – B8
- Birmingham – B6
- Birmingham – B1
- Bradford – BD9
- Bradford – BD8
- Manchester – M8
- Bradford – BD3
- Birmingham – B25
- Oldham – OL8
- Birmingham – B11
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