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A new ‘crash for cash’ scam is on the rise

Crash for cash scams have been around for as long as cars, but there’s a new one spreading across the UK: ‘clip for cash’ involving wing mirrors.

Drivers should be on alert for these scammers, particularly as the cost of living crisis continues to make criminals more motivated.

What happens in a clip for cash scam:

  1. It usually happens on a residential road. The fraudster is parked on the left-hand side of the road and throws something (like a large rock) at the side of the victim’s car as it passes.
  2. This startles the driver and the fraudster will flash at them to get them to stop.
  3. The fraudster then accuses the victim of clipping their (already damaged) wing mirror and demands cash right away – or pressures them into visiting a cash point.

What to do if you think you’ve been targeted:

If you think you’ve been targeted in a clip for cash scam, make sure you tell your insurer and local police. You can also report concerns to the International Fraud Bureau’s CheatLine and Action Fraud.


What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 18 August to 21 September 2023 17 August 2023 or before

What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 18 August to 21 September 2023 17 August 2023 or before

What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 21 September 2023 or before

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