Seventy-EIGHT English Defence League supporters are trying to claim for whiplash injuries in a coach crash... when only 25 of them were on board.
The claims were lodged after the coach carrying party members from Gateshead to a rally in Preston, Lancs, was involved in a minor collision.
Days later dozens of EDL supporters submitted a bid for compensation for whiplash injuries which they said were caused by the crash.
But the coach firm says only 25 people were on the bus - and the vehicle has just 57 seats. Maria Caris, spokesman for Caris Coaches in Gateshead, said she is now considering legal action amid fears her firm is being scammed by members of the extremist party, which opposes the spread of militant Islam.
She said: "They must think we're idiots.
There are 78 claims in so far and the phone is still going with people asking for our insurance details. They are all saying they were on the coach."
Recalling the rally - which ended in violent clashes with police - she added: "These 'whiplash injuries' could have been caused when they were fighting with the police in Preston."
Driver Christopher Cartwright said he'd be amazed if any of the 25 on board were hurt in the crash last month. He said: "There was not much more than a scratch on the back corner of the coach."
Yesterday even their own supporters were protesting. EDL's Alan Spence wrote on the party's Facebook site: "Are you taking the p*** or what? There were only 20 people on the f*****g coach."
The Forum posts are just as laughable claiming that the EDL fraudsters have tarnished the EDL's image, yeah this is the image of a group who get drunk, cause violence, have proven links to the BNP, NF, C18. Whose members make nazi salutes and racist chants at demos, who claim to be against homophobia but beat up their own gay members in pubs and whose leaders have served time for stabbing rival football fans or have arrest records for beating up women and cocaine possession as well as attacking the police and are awaiting charges of mortgage fraud.
This Sunderland FC forum post sums it up:
"Loads of EDL/NF members in my village, feckin' thick goons the lot of them."