Police are issuing advice to protect Derbyshire residents from falling victim to online vehicle fraud as part of their ‘Stamp out Fraud’ initiative.
Detectives have teamed up with Derbyshire County Council as part of a countywide drive and aims to offer advice and raise awareness of different types of fraud.
Stats show that nearly half of all cases reported involved losing contact with the ‘seller’ after money has exchanged hands, often when a’ holding’ amount has been paid, with the rest promised by the victim on collection.
Other crimes included fake eBay invoices and other fake payment systems, including non-existent buyer protection.
Det Insp Rob King, head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit said: “The internet has made buying and selling vehicles much easier, but this report highlights how fraudsters are finding new ways to target their victims online by offering deals that seem too good to be missed.
“Firstly, if a deal looks too good to be true then it probably is, so if a vehicle is being offered at a much cheaper price then it could be the sign of a scam so check the current market valuation.”
He is advising people to only hand over money only on collection of a vehicle, and after it has been thoroughly checked over.
To report a fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.