Urgent warning to UK drivers of more than 5 car scams that could cost them £ 8,500
An urgent warning has been issued to all motorists in the UK following a huge increase in scams targeting drivers.
Criminals continue to use the coronavirus pandemic – and current restrictions – to rip people off their hard-earned money.
Scams recently reached an all-time high and North Wales Police have issued several warnings on reported scams in the region.
Searching for so many compelling scams can be incredibly overwhelming for motorist reports Birmingham live.
And with more people buying and selling engines online than ever before, scammers have found new ways to target vulnerable people.
To help, Select Car Leasing analyzed the number of five recent online car scams – revealing that drivers stand to lose £ 8,485 if they fall victim to them.
Too good to be true
Some crooks are now taking the form of bogus car insurance providers to catch people.
Scammers, known as ghost brokers, sell ‘too good to be true’ auto insurance contracts to drivers who are no more savvy in buying a totally worthless policy.
According to the Association of British Insurers, the average cost of car insurance is £ 485.
Victims of ghost brokerage could not only pay this premium but also a fine of £ 300 when penalized for driving an uninsured vehicle.
False road tax
Recently, the DVLA, which has offices in South Wales, issued a warning following reports of a bogus text message claiming to be sent on behalf of the agency.
The texts warn drivers that their payment information must be updated or that their road tax must be renewed.
These text messages give recipients a link to re-enter their bank details, potentially giving crooks access to their bank accounts where they can immediately transfer the balance to another account.
While it can be a great place to find a good deal, scammers have started to use the platform to advertise cheap vehicles in order to attract potential buyers.
An unlucky victim in County Clare paid £ 5,179 for a car that was never delivered.
False sellers pressure motorists to post a deposit and pay for the delivery of the vehicle. They then take the money and run – so the buyers are left with no car and no money.
Police in North Wales also issued a warning yesterday that crooks were coming to collect expensive items and showing the seller a fake transaction to make them believe the bank transfer was successful.
However, once the person leaves with the item, the seller finds out that the money never made it to their bank account.
Not only can buying a car be risky, but also selling it online. Some crooks will show up for an in-person inspection of the vehicle being sold and distract the seller while an accomplice adds engine oil to the water tank.
The car of course breaks down if driven, with criminals claiming the seller tried to sell them a faulty car – they will use it as leverage for a significantly lower asking price.
The crooks will then drain the engine oil from the tank and sell the car to another completely unknown buyer.
The Derbyshire Times found that in some reports the victims of the scam were £ 2,000 worse off.
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As a result of the pandemic, learner drivers have to wait a long time for their driving test. Some fraudsters capitalize on the wait and target motorists who don’t want to wait to take their test.
Scammers are selling fake licenses and paper certificates online for £ 600 each, saying they have internal access to driving test centers and can pass learner drivers without having to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
No license card is issued and fraudsters take the funds.
Have you personally seen an increase in outstanding scams? Let us know in the comments