Cheque car con warning
Buyers getting scammed
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.