Consumers put on alert as four active car-deal scams are highlighted

Motorists are again being warned and advised to be on the lookout for scams when buying or selling a car.

Consumers put on alert as four active car-deal scams are highlighted

The alert is being raised by vehicle history check experts Essentially, they say, there are four main scams 'trending' at the moment:

1. STOLEN VEHICLES: These are usually sold quickly and can be offered in car parks. The vehicle may have its plates changed to match a legitimate car. Or it may still have its original plates and is being sold with fake ownership documents.

2. FAKE BANK DRAFT: The seller, not the buyer, is the potential victim here. A so-called buyer offers a falsified bank draft by way of payment. says this kind of deal usually goes down late on a Friday evening so the seller hasn't a chance to verify the draft's authenticity.

3. DEPOSIT SCAM: This arises where a dodgy seller looks for money to be deposited in a bank account before he will pass over the car - except there is no car to be sold. It may have been legitimately offered for sale by someone else on a different website but the scammer will cut and paste photos from the legitimate ad and create a false advertisement.

4. CASH SCAM: A seller shows the vehicle to a potential buyer, but doesn't have any documentation with him. He then plays the old trick of saying he has been caught out before and wants to see the colour of your money. He then runs away with the cash.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at Its4women commented "The best way to proceed is to do your homework and never rush into any purchase. Every day there are people getting ripped off by these scams or slight variations of them."

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