Police in the UK used Facebook to close in on a ring of "cash for crash" fraudsters.
The scam involved pulling in front of people and then braking quickly to force a collision. Then the scammers take the cars to a garage or mechanic who is in on the deal.
In this case, the individuals started with
a small ring of people and then brought in friends and family into thescam. They all claimed not to know each other. But Facebook revealed friendships and photos that proved otherwise. Police were especially suspicious when people like one woman, who appeared to post everything on Facebook, including meals, did not post anything about the equivalent of nearly $22k damage to her BMW.
After five years of investigating, more than 80 people were arrested in the scam.
There are a few ways to tell if you've been involved in a car accident scam:
- Their insurance information is ready to go, even before they hit you
- They are extremely calm and relaxed for someone who has been in an accident
- Their injuries don't match up with the accident
If you think you've been involved in a personal injury scam, or if you are suspicious of the circumstances you an accident, call the police and make a report. Write down everything as soon as possible afterwards and take as many photos as you can.
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