Drivers warned about flash and crash for cash scams
ARE you aware of the flash and crash for cash scams?
'Flash for cash' and 'crash for cash' are the two latest cons doing the rounds on the country's roads. Scheming motorists are flashing at drivers waiting to pull out of junctions giving them the impression they can pull out, only to then keep driving so the innocent driver smashes into the other car.
In the 'crash for cash' scam, drivers overtake vehicles and then slam on the brakes without warning so the following vehicle smashes into the back of them.
The offenders tend to target new, smarter vehicles or vulnerable road users, including older people and women with children in the car. The scam is costing insurers hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
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Driving instructor John Gough, from Abbeydale, said: "I think it is dreadful.
"I haven't heard of it happening in Gloucester, but I know it is happening elsewhere, mainly in the major cities I think.
"The thing is, a lot of the time you won't be able to do anything about it, it will happen before you realise it.
"I know it quite often happens at roundabouts. The car in front of you goes to pull off and then they slam their brakes on for no reason. People just have to be extra careful."
Each incident can net the offending drivers tens of thousands of pounds in a variety of ways. They put in false personal injury claims for whiplash, sometimes including claims for people who were not even in the car, they charge the insurance company for loss of earnings, then they put in fake bills for vehicle storage, recovery, repairs, and replacement car hire.
Tony Wood, from Tony's Tuffley School of Motoring, said: "I don't know that it is happening in Gloucester yet, but I know it is in Worcestershire.
"Drivers must remember that flashing lights doesn't mean you can pull out. As the Highway Code says, it just means that you are there."