Motorists warned over 'flash for cash' scheme

Motorists are falling foul of a new insurance fraud scheme dubbed "flash for crash".

The latest tactic sees cars lying in wait for victims to exit from shops, car parks or fuel stations and sees fraudsters flash their headlights, offering the victim a right of way to join a main road, before speeding up to ensure their car is hit side-on.

Motorists are falling foul of a new insurance fraud scheme dubbed "flash for crash". Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA

Fraud experts Asset Protection Unit has warned that some 380 false insurance claims are made daily, costing the motor industry £1.7 million a year and pushing up insurance premiums.

The Highway Code recommends that drivers do not take flashing headlights as a signal to proceed, despite most motorists using the signal.