People are giving out their personal details unsuspectingly while opportunistic scammers are cheating them out of thousands of pounds.
Those searching for used cars online are being urged to beware of scams as people pay for cars that don’t exist after a shocking rise in fraud cases.
There are many car buying scams out there, but one particular scam involves drivers giving away their hard-earned money to criminals.
A recently BBC investigation showed how easy it was to fall for such scams when criminals set up fake online car dealerships and let people out of their pockets.
Pietro Pagliuco told the BBC he was duped by what he believed to be a legitimate company when he handed over almost £4,000 for a used Nissan Qashqai.
He said: “I honestly had no doubts about them. It all looked real, and a lot of companies are shipping stuff these days.”
As part of the elaborate scheme, Pietro spoke to a “sales manager” before parting with his money, and he even received a company bill, only to find out it was a scam.
Consumer groups warn such scams could repeat themselves as people look for better deals online as used car prices soar.
Action Fraud expects online vehicle fraud to increase by 21% between 2019 and 2021.
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