Police are warning people across Derbyshire to be vigilant for a new tactic being used by criminals which could leave you £2,000 or more out of pocket.
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.
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of an incident similar to that described should contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods:
Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message the contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Phone – call 101.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org