Insurance Fraud Bureau

Birmingham 'Crash for Cash' scam suspect arrested in raid

14 May 2021

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A 20-year-old man suspected of causing a 'Crash for Cash' on the A57 has been arrested in a raid, as a result of a joint investigation between the IFB and West Midlands Police.

Police Officers raided the man's home in Caldwell Road, Birmingham in the early hours of 13 May 2021, where he was arrested on suspicion of fraud and dangerous driving. 

The development follows a collision on the A57 motorway in Sheffield on 25 February this year that was suspected of being deliberately caused in order to fraudulently gain compensation. 

The IFB recently revealed seven postal districts in Birmingham are amongst the top 30 UK hotspots for dangerous 'Crash for Cash' scams.

It's the fifth arrest in connection to an organised crime group believed to be behind dozens of deliberate collisions in the area. 

Stephen Dalton, Head of Intelligence and Investigations at the IFB said:

“The IFB has been working extensively with West Midlands Police to investigate a string of deliberate motor collisions involving innocent road users, and today’s arrest marks significant progress. Our recent analysis sadly shows Birmingham is the top UK hotspot for ‘Crash for Cash’ scams and we are determined to help the police to identify the culprits. If anyone in the community thinks they might have seen a ‘Crash for Cash’, or knows someone involved in this dangerous scam, we strongly encourage them to report it to our confidential Cheatline, online at www.insurancefraudbureau.org or by freephone to 0800 422 0421."

Read more about the arrest on West Midlands Police's news page