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What a beautiful day it is today. Sadly I’ve had to spend the morning in the garden sunning myself reading insurance related nonsense. I did however come across an article which I thought I’d share with you as…

Atique Khan has today been jailed for 12 months for selling invalid car insurance to motorists in restaurants, internet cafes and by the roadside in Bradford. During an appearance at the Old Bailey in March 2014, Khan pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation, 14 counts of using a forged article and one count of possession of criminal property.

Hammered in the pocket!
Hammered in the pocket!

The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has detailed that Khan posed as a car insurance broker and, between August and December 2011 convinced almost 50 drivers he could get them cheaper premiums. Khan obtained real insurance policies from 1st Central Insurance, but provided the insurer with false personal details and forged no claims bonus documents in order to get the premiums at a cheaper price. According to the IFED the 33-year-old charged drivers more than the premium actually cost to buy from 1st Central originally, plus a handling fee.

The scam was exposed in January 2012 when 1st Central discovered all of the policies included identical email addresses. The insurer referred the case to IFED in the City of London Police. IFED subsequently identified that some of the policies were paid for with bank cards belonging to Khan.

There are two things which need to be said about so called ‘ghost’ brokers like Mr. Khan. Firstly, in my opinion the victims have only themselves to blame, Darwinism in action if you like! If you’re going to buy your insurance from a bloke at the roadside in Bradford you technically deserve everything you get! Secondly, and on a more serious note, any firm involved in the selling of insurance legitimately will be registered with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority, formerly the FSA or Financial Services Authority, not the Food Standards Agency – perhaps that’s why they changed the name?!) and their registration number will be on their website / paperwork and you can check this on the FCA’s website at to verify their validity. (Ours is registered under reference 449832 just so you know!

So for insurance you can trust, it has to be The business insurance comparison site!

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