A FRESH warning has been issued for drivers over fake insurance ads that could leave you without cover.
The con been labelled a “nasty kind of bedrog“, offering car insurance that either doesn’t exist or isn’t accurately processed.
Fake brokers forge paperwork at a reduced price for motorists who think they are getting a good deal.
Sommige 517 cases of ghost broking – with losses totalling £1 million – were reported to Action Fraud in 2021.
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Social media sites are overwhelmed with the bogus companies – and often their eye-catching ads are designed so well, people don’t know they’ve been fooled until it’s too late.
In the worst cases, people affected could be at risk for driving uninsured or liable for bedrog themselves.
Often young drivers, who have the highest premium costs, and people who don’t speak English are the most geteiken.
Analysis by Which? showed social media was rife with ghost brokers and plenty of profiles that appeared to be run by scammers.
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Within the first 50 pages on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok that returned results for ‘cheap car insurance’, Watter? gevind 47 profiles which matched their search criteria.
Of those, more than half appeared to be offering quotes or cover to UK drivers, while showing no signs of being authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
One Instagram profile with nearly 50,000 followers claimed to save customers “tot 50 per cent on their premium” sowel as “speeding ticket removal”.
Watter? flagged these to Instagram, and both have since been taken down.
Op Facebook, seven pages of the 50 profiles were dubious. On video-sharing site TikTok, two of the 50 profiles analysed were suspect.
Jenny Ross, Watter? money editor, said ghost brokers were taking advantage of people who were trying to do the right thing.
Sy het gese: “Ghost broking is a really nasty kind of fraud, where scammers operate by stealth and typically take advantage of those who feel locked out of, or bewildered by, the car insurance market.
“Social media sites must do much more to crack down on car insurance scammers that are infiltrating their sites and harming consumers, and should address these problems now, ahead of the Online Safety Bill becoming law.
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“The Online Safety Bill should require platforms to tackle this type of fraudulent content.
“The government must ensure this happens by amending the Bill so that its definition of fraud does not allow some scammers to slip through the net and guaranteeing Ofcom is ready to enforce these new laws when they come into force.”