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Insurance Bureau of Canada warns Alberta drivers of staged auto collisions

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm MDT

ALBERTA (660 NEWS) — It’s Fraud Prevention month and the Insurance Bureau of Canada is drawing attention to a very costly scam.

It involves staged auto collisions where drivers abuse current road rules for personal gain. Drivers deliberately cause an accident such as stopping quickly with the intention of having someone hit them from behind. The aim is to collect insurance money from their victim.

However, it’s extremely costly when you factor in the emergency services, towing, insurance and medical claims associated with the accident.

“These collisions are false, they are fabricated and they translate into Albertan’s paying a price in the form of higher taxes to pay for police, fire, ambulance to attend the scene,” Henry Tso, vice-president of investigative services, explained, pointing out that it results in significantly higher insurance costs.

There are a few ways you can avoid becoming a victim. One involves practicing defensive driving by giving the vehicle in front of you a wide berth on the road. Another way you can protect yourself is to get a dash camera that can capture a collision and later be used as evidence.