Derbyshire police warn of car selling scam which could leave you £2,000 out of pocket

Police are warning people across Derbyshire to be on the guard for a new tactic being used by criminals to target people selling their car.

Saturday, 25th July 2020, 1:59 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th July 2020, 1:59 pm

The scam sees riminals visit the seller and ask to look at the engine and take the vehicle for a test drive.

While looking at the engine one of the people distracts the seller while another adds engine oil to the water reservoir.

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Derbyshire police have warned people selling their car about a new scam.

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 via the website or on 101.

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