Two areas in Manchester are in UK top ten for ‘crash for cash’ scams


MANCHESTER: Cheetham Hill, in north Manchester, is the sixth worst area in the UK for the scam. And the OL8 postcode of Hollinwood, in the southwest of Oldham, was ranked ninth in the list of hotspots for the insurance claim racket.

The illegal scheme involves fraudsters deliberately staging a car crash or damaging their vehicle, in order to make a false personal injury claim. The data was revealed by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), which calculated how many claims have been made nationally, The Manchester online has reported.

In 2015, the M.E.N reported how a gang of 16 fraudsters were locked up for their part in an illegal crash for cash plot stretching from Chorlton to Failsworth, Salford and Newcastle. The gang swindled a total of £225,000.

The majority of the top 30 hotspots are in the north west and Midlands, with Birmingham being the most high-risk area. The number of victims in each area have not been given.

Anyone who thinks they may be the victim of a Crash for Cash scam is urged to contact police on 101 or report it to the IFB’s free phone number 0800 422 0421.

Here are the UK’s top ten hotspots, according to the Insurance Fraud Bureau:

  1. Birmingham B8
  2. Birmingham B6
  3. Birmingham B10 and

Bradford BD9

  1. Bradford BD8
  2. Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8
  3. Bradford BD3
  4. Birmingham B25
  5. Hollinwood, Oldham OL8
  6. Birmingham B11