Be cautious of pre-owned car scams, warns police

Police have warned residents about scams targeting prospective used vehicle buyers. Pre-owned vehicles are advertised in the newspapers and on the internet and buyers are requested to pay a deposit up front to secure a deal.

Since the vehicles are advertised at bargain prices, the buyer rushes to make the requested deposit into the bank account that is provided by the would-be seller to not lose out on a great deal.

Sadly, once the deposited money has been withdrawn from the account, the buyer finds that the ‘seller’s’ cellphone has been disconnected and it is usually at this stage that they realise their deposit money has disappeared with the con artist.

The public is advised to only purchase vehicles from registered vehicle dealers. If you intend buying a vehicle advertised in the newspapers or internet, verify the authenticity of the deal before parting with your money.

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