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Learners are lured into buying unrealistically cheap auto insurance deals

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New drivers are warned not to fall for car insurance scams that are making the rounds on social media.

When it comes to scams, scammers lure unsuspecting victims on Facebook and Instagram by offering unrealistically cheap policies.

They then encourage the driver to contact them using messaging services such as WhatsApp.

In a recent example, a fraudster was sentenced to 23 months and two weeks in prison last month after pocketing nearly £ 18,000 from fake auto insurance sales.

Gurwinder Virdee, 30, of Gregory Road, Southall, London, pretended to be a real estate agent for Esure and used WhatsApp to do fake deals.

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The courts heard how he obtained over 40 car insurance policies with false information and forged documents over a period of five weeks.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) says it has doubled its ghost broking research since 2016 and is urging new drivers to stay vigilant.

It's a backlog of thousands of learners who will take their practical tests this year after the tests were postponed due to the pandemic.

Stephen Dalton, IFB Director of Intelligence and Investigation, said, “The last thing new drivers need right now is the risk of losing their car without insurance because they were deceived by a social media scammer.

“Drivers need to do basic checks to make sure they are getting car insurance with a trusted provider or they are making a very costly mistake.

"I encourage anyone who has seen evidence of insurance fraud to report it to the IFB's confidential cheatline online or on 0800 422 0421."

Mark Magee, Director of Driver Policy at DVSA, said, “DVSA's priority is making everyone safe driving for life.

“In addition to making sure you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to drive safely, having valid insurance is of the utmost importance when you are driving alone.

"Check Insurance Brokers Are Real Before Parting Your Money."

How to avoid fake auto insurance

New drivers are encouraged to avoid social media or messaging apps and only get car insurance through reputable sellers.

Here are some tips from the IFB:

  • If you are buying through an insurance broker, you should verify that the seller is registered with the British Insurance Brokers ’Association (BIBA).
  • Or, if you are buying directly through an insurer, you should check that they are registered as a registered member of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).
  • It should also be verified that insurance advisors are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

You can contact the IFB's cheatline to report insurance fraud online or over a phone line (powered by Crimestoppers) on 0800 422 0421.

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