Have you received a phone call about a car crash? Car crash scamming is a crime, but that doesn’t stop scammers from pretending to help people injured in car accidents with an insurance claim and then selling their personal information for profit.
Car crash scammers may pretend to represent a local law firm, insurance company or government department, and use a variety of methods in an attempt to get your personal information. These methods range from naming a payout figure that you’re entitled to and asking for your personal details to pay out the claim, to threats of legal action if you don’t comply with the insurance claim process. This isn’t something that any reputable organisation would do.
If you receive a phone call about your involvement in a road accident, whether recently or many years in the past, confirm the organisation’s name, hang up, look their number up online, and call them back. If there’s a delay or background noise in the call, they’re pushy or aggressive, or the offer seems too good to be true, it’s likely to be a scam. Don’t give up your personal details and report the incident to the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).
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