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Thousands of motorists are unwittingly driving without insurance

Britains's biggest car insurer has found that thousand of innocent motorists have been duped into buying fake car insurance via social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Google. A report in The Times says that Aviva, Britain's biggest car insurer has found over 3,000 applications linked to fake policies in 2019.

Britain’s biggest insurance companies have warned that unwitting drivers are taking out cheap car cover from rogue firms that is invalid or does not exist. The scams could leave other road users at risk and are estimated to push up premiums by £50 for every driver, insurers say. They are now calling for tougher web advertising laws to tackle the problem.

And insurance brokers, Manor Insurance from Hastings are adding their voice to the campaign. "The Financial Conduct Authority requires that advertisers use specific words in adverts, however if you're a crook adding a few words isn't going to stop you advertising" said Ian Mantel, Director. "Rather than respond to an advert based on price, motorists should take a few minutes to check the purchase they are making is legitimate. Otherwise not only are you handing over hundreds of pounds to fraudsters but you could find yourself with a criminal conviction for driving without insurance."

Our advice is to deal with a reputable insurance broker who will ensure you are protected by a properly authorised and regulated insurance company. And with 30 years of experience we would welcome your call next time you're looking for reputable insurance.

Source, The Times, 1 February 2020