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MOTORISTS have been warned to watch out for bogus car scams after a worrying hike in the number of sellers being duped by fake bank drafts.

Gardai yesterday revealed there have been 24 cases of fraudsters buying vehicles and selling them on to unsuspecting buyers for cash so far this year.

That number is already three more than the total in the whole of last year and there are fears even more unassuming consumers will be caught out. In the past three years, 78 of the 79 cars bought with fake bank drafts have been recovered - and detectives were able to reunite all the relieved owners with their motors.

But the innocent, unsuspecting buyers were all left out of pocket - with one victim losing [euro]40,000.

A Crimestoppers spokeswoman last night said: "If you are buying or selling a vehicle privately and come across an activity that appears to be illegal, please call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Financial report
Date:Jun 19, 2014
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