The insurance scam a Sheffield driver used to trick police – and why it didn’t work

A Sheffield driver was left red-faced after trying to trick police with an insurance scam.

Friday, 10th May 2019, 14:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th May 2019, 16:29 pm

The driver was pulled over on City Road, Arbourthorne, after police realised he had no insurance.

As police processed the incident, the driver decided to try and buy one-day cover using his smart phone.

Car seized in Sheffield - Credit: SYP Operational Support

However, his cunning plan failed as cops explained the policy has been time stamped after the car had been stopped and it could not be verified.

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An SYP Operational Support spokesperson said: “Isn't technology marvellous. Nowadays, you can get stopped by the police and use a smart phone instantly to pay for a one-day cover while the officer isnt looking.

“It's just a shame that it's time-stamped after the car had been stopped and the policy couldn't be verified at the roadside. Nice try.

“Vehicle seized on City Road.”