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Cash scam nets [euro]500k for car gang.

Byline: CATHAL MCMAHON

MORE than [euro]500,000 has been scammed from drivers duped by a bogus car scam.

Gardai believe one Dublin fraudster is behind the lucrative scheme which has been operating for the past year.

Figures revealed yesterday show 35 cars have been bought with fake bank drafts before being sold on for cash to unsuspecting customers.

The "mastermind" is a major target for the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit and officers launched Operation Slaney in a bid to nail the gang.

Michael Neary of National Security said he has been tracking the scam for months and has noticed a spike in recent weeks.

He explained the gang targets motorists who are desperate to sell high-end petrol vehicles.

Their victim is called by a well-spoken person who sends a mechanic out to view the car and has a bankers draft for the agreed amount. Mr Neary added: "Everybody is happy until the seller goes to the bank the following morning where he hands over the bank draft and it's a forgery.

"The police are called and maybe weeks later the stolen car turns up being driven by someone who has bought it from the scammer.

"If the car is found, the genuine person who buys the car will have it taken from them."

A security source last night confirmed the scam boss has links to gangs in West Dublin.

He warned: "This man is a serious fraudster and has been operating all over the country."

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