Friends: The One Where They Staged a Crash For Cash

Isn't it easy to avoid the accident?

The rise of “Crash for Cash” scams has been a growing problem over the past few years. Criminals orchestrating accidents, in order to fraudulently claim, cost the car insurance industry £336 million pounds each year, according to the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

Coverbox, a leading provider of blackbox insurance, recently stopped a £30,000 – £40,000 fraud through the use of blackbox data analysis. The “Crash for Cash” scam was uncovered using blackbox data that proved that two individuals – who knew each other fairly well – had chosen to stage an accident in order to receive an insurance pay out.

Friends with whiplash claims benefits? No, not this time.

In this case, suspicions arose when upon analysis, it was proved that one of the claimants had links to an established fraud network, and even worse – the data from their blackbox indicated that the two claimants had visited each other’s addresses previously, proving that they knew each other before the incident.

The data, analysed by Coverbox, went on to show that the vehicles involved in the collision did not actually collide with each other in the manner alleged.  It quickly became evident that this was yet another case of attempted insurance fraud.

The insurer opted to challenge the claims made by the fraudsters, and as they failed to turn up to their court hearings, the Court settled the judgement in the insurers favour.

The blackbox data used to identify these trends was key to the insurer catching these fraudsters, avoiding a large settlement and saving the insurer in the region of £30,000 – £40,000.

Howard Collinge, Director at Coverbox, commented, “Unfortunately this is not an isolated nor unusual case as ‘Crash for Cash’ scams have been a widespread problem for a long time. We endeavour to identify and prevent such instances of fraud, as they lead to higher premiums for honest customers and large losses to insurers. Our aim is to make car insurance fairer and cheaper for everyone involved”.

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