Hundreds of drivers fall victim to fake car insurance scam

Drivers are being warned about a car insurance scam after hundreds have fallen victim to the fake policies.

Fraudsters are selling the fake insurance policies to unsuspecting motorists, charging up to €300 and then leaving drivers with no cover - writes dublinlive.

The scam - which offers discounts with well-known insurers - is operating online and in pop-up shops - reports the Irish Independent.

Scammers known as "ghost brokers" are posing as legitimate middlemen and targeting younger drivers and immigrants who aren't familiar with the insurance market.

The con artists take out real insurance policies but with false information, before passing on faked documents and insurance discs.

But the fraudsters are not regulated by the Central Bank and often operate from home addresses using mobile phone numbers.

Motorists who have fallen victim to the scam are then driving around illegally despite believing they're insured - and face huge bills if they are responsible for an accident.

Liberty Insurance has called for urgent action to be taken to tackle the growing problem.

It is understood that hundreds of cases have been reported to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

Read other news on the city site of Dublin.

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