Driver filmed attempting alleged 'crash for cash' scam



A motorist has been caught on camera allegedly attempting a 'crash for cash' scam in Bolton town centre.

Dashcam footage shows the silver Volkswagen Golf swerve into the left-hand lane at the last minute, before appearing to slam its brakes on in an attempt to get the vehicle behind to crash into it.

Ian Bell, who was driving the vehicle the Golf swerved in front of, can then be seen getting out of his van to assess the damage while being confronted by the Volkswagen driver.

The 53-year-old service engineer from Bolton told the Daily Mail that the VW driver left after he learnt he was being filmed, and that he refused to exchange insurance details.

Bell said: "I was just on my journey back to Bolton and suddenly for some reason this guy decided to turn from the right lane.

"He just pulled right out in front of me. I braked so hard that everything in my van ended up on the floor. I wasn't expecting it at all, it was a huge shock.

"I thought 'Phew, I missed him' but then he slammed on the brakes and there was nothing I could do.

"Then he came to get me out of the van and told me 'Well, I was indicating'.. I tried to explain to him that an indicator is to show an intent not just do it and go.

"As soon as I told him it was all filmed and offered to exchange details for insurance he said 'I'm not interested' and drove off.

"I didn't think about it at the time but as soon as I got home and reviewed the footage I was sure something was not right, I personally think he was trying to pull off a crash for cash scam.

"At least this way if in a few months from now I find myself facing some kind of whiplash insurance claim from that guy, I've got the video."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told the Mail that police had received a report of the incident, which happened at 8pm on March 4.