Police warn - Beware of online scammers

REGION - Police are urging people to beware when buying cars online after a number of reports of buyers being duped after using online websites.

Investigators have been told that a Holden SUV is offered for sale on sites like eBay, Gumtree and Carsales.

A buyer makes an enquiry and is told that the seller is a member of the RAAF, sometimes identifying himself as David Bord and about to be deployed overseas.

The buyer is told that the sale is urgent hence the low price.

Buyers are then told transfer money via Western Union to a third party and once the money is received all communication ceases and the car is readvertised.

A number of victims have been identified throughout Victoria and across Australia.

Police are also warning people that they need to do thorough research before committing to providing funds.

The Federal Government also provides a website which offers proactive advice for people who have been the victim of a scam: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

Reports of online scams can also be made to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission via that website.

Anyone with information about similar incidents can also contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au

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