Incidents of a car accident insurance scam that has been dubbed “flash-for-cash” by anti-fraud experts have been increasing in the UK, according to the BBC. “Flash for cash” is an offshoot of the established scam “crash for cash,” where a driver slams on their brakes for no other reason than to cause the victim to crash into the back of their car.
“Flash for cash” involves a driver flashing their lights to let another driver into their lane and then crashing into them on purpose. “Flash for cash” is preferable to “crash for cash,” because it is harder to prove in court, usually coming down to whether it can be proven that the criminal flashed their lights or not.
Criminals can profit from this type of swindle in a variety of ways, including putting in false claims for personal injuries, loss of earnings and vehicle repairs.
“The problem is a growing problem,” said Detective Inspector Dave Hindmarsh of the Metropolitan Police. “Financially it costs insurers £392 million a year – that impacts on motorists as it’s an extra £50 to £100 on every person’s premium so that’s a financial cost. [There are] emotional costs [as] if you’re involved in a crash you could well lose your confidence, and if your passengers are children they may well become wary of being passengers in cars, and of course you may get injured or killed.”
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