Drivers warned over horrifying scam that could cost your licence and thousands of pounds

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Drivers have been urged to be vigilant over a horrific scam that could cost you your licence and thousands of pounds.

Motorists have been warned about a driver scam - involving the rise in bogus car insurance companies that are looking to tempt new drivers to get insured with them by offering too good to be true deals.

Drivers who fall for the scam when looking for the best car insurance, could end up having their vehicle seized and six points put on their licence.

The warning comes after thousands of learner drivers prepare to pass their tests, following more than a year of disruption to their driving tests as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight months ago DVLA issued a warning to drivers as online fraudsters started targeting drivers.

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And now the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has issued the warning in the hope that new drivers take extra caution when shopping around for car insurance quotes.

Stephen Dalton, head of intelligence and investigations at the IFB said, “The last thing new drivers need right now is to risk losing their car for no insurance because they’ve been duped by a scammer on social media.

“Drivers must carry out basic checks to make sure they’re buying car insurance through a trusted provider, or they’ll be making a very expensive mistake.

“I encourage anyone who’s seen evidence of an insurance scam to report it to the IFB’s confidential Cheatline online or on 0800 422 0421.”

A spike in the number of bogus 'deals' being promoted on social media has caused a drivers scam concern for the IFB - with many scams using a technique called 'ghost booking - in which fraudsters pretend to be insurance brokers who are selling unrealistically cheap and fake policies, often to younger drivers.

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Motorists are warned that they could pay hundreds of pounds for something which is merely a photocopied fake policy on a piece of paper.

It is advised that drivers check the company they are buying the insurance from before handing over their money. Using price comparison sites like GoCompare can help motorists find reputable companies, as they have just released their best overall car insurance provider.

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This particular driver scam is particularly concerning as when victims try to claim, following a car accident, they realise their policy is invalid and they have no cover.

As a result, they would be forced to fork out the repair cost, which can run into thousands of pounds. In addition, they are breaking the law by not having legitimate insurance cover and risk a penalty on their licence.

Uninsured drivers can also have their vehicle instantly seized and are likely to receive six licence points. They may also face court, where they might receive an unlimited fine and a driving ban.

Meanwhile, Mark Magee, head of driver policy at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) warned new drivers about the importance of using genuine insurance firms. "

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He said, "As well as ensuring you have the skills, knowledge and understanding attitude to drive safely, having valid insurance is of the utmost importance when you drive on your own.

“Check to make sure insurance brokers are genuine before parting with your money,” he added.

To report evidence of an insurance scam contact IFB’s confidential Cheatline online or call them on 0800 422 0421.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)