Scams, Fraud and Insurance Crime Round Up August 2020

Just some interesting cases we spotted online recently;


Dorset Police stopped a speeding Range Rover recently, posting a photo to their Twitter account with the following comments;

“The driver of this £70,000 Land Rover thought his insurance policy automatically renewed in February; it hadn’t.

“He has subsequently been driving around for six months uninsured.

“If he’d crashed in that time it would have an expensive oversight. Luckily he didn’t.”

Prosecution for driving without valid insurance will now follow.


Hastings Direct employee Sarah Maynard stole £5,400 from Hastings Direct, but was caught red handed, reports the Brighton Argus.

The 53-year-old appeared before Hastings Magistrates’ Court where she admitted the theft. She was ordered to pay £5,800 in compensation to the company.

She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay a £90 victim surcharge with £85 costs.


The local paper is reporting that the Council Investigation team brought about 180 prosecutions last year for benefits and insurance fraud in their area.

The cases involved a woman renting out her house for cash while she lived with her boyfriend, while another woman made an inflated personal injury claim, after her car hit a pothole on a council car park.

She was later convicted of contempt of court and had to pay £30,000 in court costs, plus £4000 in legal costs.


Car owners in Hertfordshire handed over V5 docs and keys to a Facebook based company, who promised to sell their cars for them. This they did, as there was a physical dealership forecourt. But although some cars were sold and the owners informed that a sale had been achieved, they never got paid out.

Others were told the car was still at the dealership, when in reality, it had been sold on. But SYCWU kept the cash and didn’t tell the owners. The company went into liquidation and the car owners have lost their vehicles.

One victim told the Hertfordshire Mercury;

Sharon Wilson, 63, and her daughter Haidee Pitt, 32, from East Bergholt, Suffolk, claimed that they left their Mercedes with SYCWU.

“It was my daughter’s car and she wanted a new one and so she put her old one online for sale, said Sharon.

“Weeks later we got fed up waiting and we said we wanted the car back. Lo and behold, they said there was actually someone coming down that week so we should hang fire.”

Later they claimed they were told the car had been sold despite not agreeing the price and SYCWU allegedly never transferred their money. A few days later the family were informed the dealership had closed. They went to Buntingford to try and find Haidee’s car but they couldn’t see it.

Interestingly, all the victims – some of whom had left cars worth £30,000 with these jokers – said they did their homework online and checked for five star reviews. Which just proves how unreliable the anonymous reviews can be on some websites.




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