The Association of British Insurers has reported that insurers uncovered 24,000 fraudulent motor insurance claims worth GBP260 million, or GBP5 million every week in 2007.

Association of British Insurers (ABI) has also announced that the number of dishonest motor claims detected has risen by 70% over the last three years.

Nick Starling, the director of general insurance and health at ABI, said: Insurance fraud is no victimless crime. Honest motorists pay through higher insurance premiums – an extra GBP40 a year on average. This is why insurers are ramping up their crackdown to weed out the cheats. Anyone committing insurance fraud is more likely to get caught, risks a criminal record, and will find future insurance and credit harder to obtain and more expensive.