Warning after criminals use new tactic to dupe people selling cars

Alert message sent 25/07/2020 13:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Officers are warning people across Derbyshire to be on the guard for a new tactic being used by criminals.

The incidents, which have happened in other areas of the UK but are not believe to have occurred in Derbyshire at this time, sees those selling cars targeted.

The criminals visit the seller and ask to look at the engine and then take the vehicle for a test drive.

Whilst looking at the engine one of the people distracts the seller while another adds engine oil to the water reservoir. The criminals then claim the seller is attempting to dupe them with a car that is faulty – eventually convincing the seller to part with their vehicle for the scrap value of around £100.

Sellers have then found their vehicles immediately put on sale for their proper cost – in some cases in excess of £2,000.

If you believe that you have been a victim of an incident similar to that described then you should contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods:

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us

Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

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