A scam generating millions of dollars is on the rise in California.
Angelinos are at the highest risk of becoming victims of the fraud as 43% of all the staged collisions in our great state happen in Los Angeles County.
Known as “swoop-and-squat” the fraud involves two drivers boxing in an unsuspecting motorist. The lead vehicle brakes suddenly forcing a collision.
Used to defraud auto insurance companies, participants in such operations are often connected with organized crime. Generally luxury or government-owned vehicles are targeted since they are most likely to be insured.
Local authorities are warning drivers to be on the look out.
I’m not sure how that will help unless you witness the scam and call 911.
Given the rise in hit and runs with out very many good Samaritans, I don’t hold out much hope for that.
I think I’m going to get a dashboard camera!