Cheque car con warn­ing

Buy­ers get­ting scammed

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

Dubai Po­lice have warned res­i­dents about a new tac­tic be­ing adopted by car thieves.

The force said that, in re­cent months, it has re­ceived seven re­ports of crooks scour­ing clas­si­fied web­sites then pos­ing as po­ten­tial buy­ers for cars, only to pay with cheques that bounce.

Colonel Ab­dul­lah Rashid Has­san, Deputy Di­rec­tor of Al Qu­sais Po­lice Sta­tion, said: “Some thieves conned peo­ple sell­ing cars on the in­ter­net with cheques that bounced af­ter they had com­pleted the reg­is­tra­tion.”

The thieves usu­ally com­plete the reg­is­tra­tion on a Thurs­day and hand over the cheque, know­ing that no bank is open on Fri­day.

“The seller hands over the car on the same day and then the buyer dis­ap­pears,” said Has­san. “Peo­ple must be care­ful and not ac­cept cheques un­less they know it’s a trust­wor­thy cheque.”

The lat­est in­ci­dent hap­pened when an Arab man conned a woman into hand­ing over her Mercedes car, which she had ad­ver­tised on the in­ter­net. She re­ceived a call from the sup­posed buyer, who agreed to pay Dhs100,000 for the ve­hi­cle.

They went to the RTA and fin­ished reg­is­ter­ing the car in his name, af­ter which he gave her a cheque. When she went to the bank on Sun­day, she dis­cov­ered there was no money in the man’s ac­count.

Dubai Po­lice said the fraud­ster sold the car to another per­son. They are still look­ing for the sus­pect.

Dubai Po­lice urged peo­ple to get paid in cash.

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