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Birmingham pair arrested in crash for cash investigation

08 July 2016

A man and woman from Birmingham have been arrested by officers from the City of London police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) as part of an investigation into a suspected ‘crash for cash’ gang.

The case was referred to IFED detectives after analysts from the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) identified suspicious links between a number of collisions and related insurance claims in the Birmingham area.

The IFB acts as a central data hub for the insurance industry to detect and disrupt organised motor insurance fraud and works in partnership with police forces to support the arrests of suspected fraudsters.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB said: “Crash for cash scams have a real impact on society – lives are put at risk and ultimately honest policy holders are paying the price. The insurance industry takes fraud very seriously and these arrests demonstrate the importance of IFB, IFED and insurers taking a cross industry approach to tackling fraud.”

Members of the public can play their role in fighting back against insurance fraud by reporting what they know to the Cheatline. The Cheatline is a free service that enables members of the public to anonymously report information or suspicions about insurance fraud by calling 0800 422 0421 or reporting online. All information provided to the Cheatline is treated in the strictest confidence. 

Full details can be found on the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) website.