Offaly motorists advised to beware of ‘ghost’ brokers scamming drivers
'Unscrupulous' ghost insurance brokers are offering cut price policies
Offaly Express Reporter
11 Jan 2018
The latest fraud to hit motorists sees ghost brokers lure victims through online advertisements, offering fraudulent policies around 15
cheaper than those offered by legitimate companies. In many
the victims are unaware that the policy is invalid.
Ghost brokers operate by sourcing a cheap quote from legitimate brokers by entering false details about the
. These incorrect pieces of information can include bogus addresses, inaccurate ages and fake previous claim histories. Once they receive the policy documents, the scammers then doctor the papers before forwarding to the customers who believe they have received legitimate and accurate cover.
Ghost brokers have also been known to forge policies, creating replica policy documents and passing them off as genuine.
Patrick Connolly, Partner, BLM commented, “Similar to driving without any insurance, buying a fake policy comes with consequences. Your car may be seized by police; you may face a fixed penalty notice of £300
you may have to pay to recover your car from the pound. This is all in addition to the cost of purchasing new, legitimate insurance. You could also be liable for any damage you cause in an accident while driving without insurance, which could include compensation if you injure someone.
“In order to avoid buying a fake insurance policy
your broker is FCA registered and beware of buying insurance policies from unusual sources such as social networks or online trading sites.
ensure that your insurance provider is a Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) member. You can check if your car is insured and registered on the Motor Insurance Database online.”
Patrick continued, “Many ghost brokers target those on a tight budget, which applies to even more people at this time of the year. Therefore, I encourage everyone to ensure they fully research any policy before taking it out and remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!”
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