Beware of scam on car sales

DC Tony McClements was a victim of identity fraud
DC Tony McClements was a victim of identity fraud
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MOTORISTS looking to sell their car over the internet were today warned to beware of fraudsters.

Police are urging those looking to sell their car online to be wary of potential buyers from overseas asking for shipping fees to be paid and then later reimbursed to the seller on delivery of the vehicle.

The scam, known as advanced fee fraud, sees the buyer gaining their victim’s trust via e-mail before asking for money for transport costs.

Det Con Tony McClements, (pictured) of Lancashire Police’s economic crime unit, said: “Typically as the fraudsters are operating from overseas there are inherent investigative problems for the police – so our main aim is to prevent this kind of scam from happening in the first place.”

On-line sellers are advised to be wary of poorly written e-mails that may bear the hallmarks of being mass produced with your details being ‘cut and pasted’ into them.

Always communicate via the website’s internal facilities and be wary of purchasers who ask for money to be transferred abroad via a high street money service bureau.