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Three arrested as part of nationwide insurance fraud raids
THREE people were arrested in High Wycombe this morning as part of a nationwide operation tackling car insurance scams.
In total, 27 people were arrested in Leicestershire, London, Manchester, the Midlands and the Thames Valley on suspicion of fraud by false representation by officers investigating fake insurance sales, known as ghost broking.
More than 165 officers took part in the raids coordinated by the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department of the City of London Police.
DCI Dave Wood, Head of IFED, said: “This day of action reveals ghost broking to be a UK-wide problem which is being met by a national law enforcement response, led by IFED.
“The consequences for innocent motorists who fall victims to ghost brokers can be dire, so it is absolutely vital that drivers shopping for car insurance online, or through other means, question what they are being offered to ensure they get a real deal.
“Driver diligence, coupled with enforcement action being taken by IFED and supported by local forces, is the best way to confront this threat now and in the future.”
Ghost broking primarily targets young drivers by offering them cheap policies which are redundant, leaving motorists driving without insurance and open to having their vehicles seized, as well as fines, penalties and a criminal record.
Uninsured drivers would also have to pick up the bill for any damage or injuries caused in a crash they were responsible for.
The unit said it had brought false insurance brokers who tried to sell fake policies online, over the phone and on social media sites to justice.
The IFED said it had received reports of ghost brokers approaching people in restaurants, internet cafes and university campuses.
For information about securing legitimate insurance policies, visit the Association of British Insurers’ website.
Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to insurance fraud are urged to contact Action Fraud or call the Insurance Fraud Bureau’s Cheatline, supported by Crimestoppers, on 0800 422 0421.