Three men who forced other drivers to crash into them have been jailed thanks to dash cam footage of the scam.
They drove on a slip road in Coventry where they braked suddenly and unnecessarily causing an innocent driver to hit them at around 50mph.
But the motorist believed he was the victim of a ‘cash for crash’ plan and handed over footage to his insurers.
The footage shows two cars in front of the victim driving erratically and close together.
As they travelled along the slip road, the one in front of the victim carried out an emergency stop, causing him to hit it.
Hastings Insurance contacted the City of London Police who arrested Mohammed Azam, 47, Husnain Ahmed, 22, and Sufyan Lone, 25.
They tried to claim £28,161 in compensation and car hire costs. That claim was rejected.
Azam told investigators he had been involved in a road rage incident with the car in front of him which caused him to stop suddenly.
Another motorist who got out of the car also said they had to brake because of a lorry on the motorway.
A second dash cam camera on another car proved there were no lorries or indications of road rage and they and another motorist also had to swerve to avoid the collision.
Azam and Ahmed have now been jailed for over two years while Lone was jailed for nearly two years.
Detective Constable Kevin Hughes said: ‘These men were solely focused on making a financial gain and clearly didn’t care about endangering the innocent driver they targeted, as well as other drivers in the area.
‘Despite driving at such a high speed, thankfully no-one was seriously injured and all it resulted in was these men getting the punishment they rightly deserve.’
Director of counter fraud at Hastings Direct Matt Stevens said: ‘We make significant investment in counter fraud operations to protect honest customers from criminal activity.
‘The sentencing in this case sends out a strong message and we are delighted to work with the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and bring these fraudsters to justice’