Beware of the 'Flash for cash' crash scam

16 August 2013

Another day, another scam – except this one is particularly evil. Motorists are being warned about a new insurance scam nicknamed ‘Flash for Cash’, where gangs are flashing their lights to let people out of junctions and then crashing into them on purpose.


Criminals usually target expensive cars, but also - because they’re lovely that way – they’re ploughing into the back of vehicles driven by old people and women with children in the back. As Neil Thomas from the Asset Protection Unit explains, they like to pick on people who won’t fight back.

‘Perhaps single females in the car with children in the back, perhaps doing the school run. Where they know there's going to be no resistance, no real argument at the scene. The children are going to be upset.’


There’s already an established scam, known as ‘crash for cash’ where the scumbags slam their brakes on (often with tail light bulbs removed), causing innocent motorists to crash into the back of them.

However ‘flash for cash’ is trickier and harder to prove, as it’s a case of the innocent motorist’s word against theirs. Gangs are making thousands per accident through false personal injury claims, loss of earnings and repair claims - and it’s costing insurance companies around £392 million a year.

So, forget goodwill, courtesy and all that crap. If some dodgy-looking geezer flashes their lights you to let you out, ignore them.

Thanks for making the world a better place, criminals.

TOPICS:   Motoring   Scams


  • bobbob
    The Highway Code states: 'Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.' The Highway Code is basically suggesting that a driver may flash their headlights to warn other drivers of their presence if in a hazardous position, or to warn another person that may not have noticed you.
  • Bri Y.
    Had someone try the "cash for crashes" thing with me. They overtook me, then slammed their brakes on at about 35mph. I stopped about an inch from their rear end and they drove off. Took the footage from my in car camera to the police and got the fuckers arrested.
  • Johnny G.
    I was a victim of a similar scam that's targeted at male drivers. Nominally involves similar method of distraction - a pretty young lady in a short skirt riding a bike, forcing the driver to take his eyes off the road ahead. They call it 'gash for crash for cash'' Evil
  • Stale
    It's sad that the standard of driving is so typically bad that a 'flash for c(r)ash' is the only thing that will make people think twice about pulling out of junctions without looking for anything other than a flash of light.
  • Dan
    The first poster is correct it's flash to show you are there and coming at them but we all know it's used to let people out. Well known that tourists get into accidents abroad as they are flashed and pull out BANG.
  • Chewbie
    If they are ploughing into the back of people then they will be found at fault and have no claim for injury? Check your facts and erm Flex wit da erb!
  • Big M.
    An indicator or flash means fuck all. Wait until it's safe
  • Shiftyniftysshadow
    I had someone flash at me the other week...the dirty pervert
  • Old G.
    Yes, sorry about that Shifty. It was meant for the MILF with the pushchair behind you.
  • Shiftyniftysshadow
    Old your dreams...

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