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Crash for cash scams

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Crash for cash scams

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SOME VEHICLE OWNERS are staging crashes to claim insurance payouts, according to accident investigators.

The owners are deliberately driving into poles, walls and trees, flipping over their vehicles or setting them on fire, or engineering a “back lash” or “side sweep” from other vehicles. In some cases, they pay “stuntmen” between $1 000 and $5 000 to stage the accidents.

But experts concede that it is very difficult to prove “crash for cash” insurance fraud.

Accident investigator and reconstructionist Mark Sargeant told the SUNDAY SUN that these accidents were so well crafted that they would beat the untrained eye. (MB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.