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Dawn raid targets suspected fraudsters
Police have arrested twenty-seven people in dawn raids this morning on suspicion of selling fake car insurance policies, a practice known as ‘ghost broking’.
A property in Leyton was raided, along with twenty-seven other properties across the country, in an operation involving 168 officers.
Ghost brokers often target young drivers by offering cheap deals, but customers find themselves driving without valid insurance, which could lead to their car being seized by police, fines, penalties and a criminal record.
Detective Chief Iinspector Dave Wood, head of the Insurance Fraud Department, said: “This day of action reveals ghost broking to be a UK-wide problem.
“The consequences for innocent motorists who fall victim to ghost brokers can be dire, so it is absolutely vital that drivers shopping for car insurance online, or through other means, question what they are being offered to ensure they get a real deal.”
More details of the raid in Leyton to follow.
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