Police issue insurance scam warning in Clifton-upon-Dunsmore near Rugby


Warwickshire Police is urging people to be aware of nuisance letters which could be part of an insurance scam.

The force has received a number of reports of people receiving letters to their home address confirming unexpected car insurance details which have been taken out in another name, without their knowledge.

Inspector Karl Faulkner said: “The village of Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, near Rugby, appears to have been particularly affected, with some individuals having received up to 70 of these letters in recent weeks.

“Householders who receive motor insurance policies addressed to drivers not resident at their home, should report this to the insurance company who sent the policy and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) - a City of London Police unit dedicated to tackling insurance fraud across England and Wales, is familiar with reports of motorists living in high risk areas falsely insuring their vehicles at addresses in low risk areas to benefit from cheaper cover.

The IFED is tackling the root cause of the issue which is ‘ghost brokers’ - who are fraudsters selling worthless motor insurance, using addresses deemed to be low risk by insurers, to get cheap motor insurance which they sell onto unsuspecting drivers.