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Stolen Car Scam in Swords, Co. Dublin

Car scam

Gardaí at the Stolen Cars Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Investigations are investigating a recent car scam that left the victim several thousand Euros out of pocket.

Between Wednesday evening the 24th August and Thursday morning the 25th August 2016 a white 320 BMW car was stolen from a private house in Tallaght.

On Sunday the 28th August a couple were searching the internet looking for a new car. They came across a 2010 White BMW 320 for an extremely good price of €7800. They carried out a number of checks including checking the car registration number. Everything appeared legitimate. They made contact with the seller and arranged for a viewing of the car the following day. They met with the seller, who presented herself as Lisa and took the car for a test drive and were extremely happy with the car. They made an offer and purchased the car the next day. They received a pre-signed log book from Lisa and forwarded to the Vehicle Licensing Office in Shannon, Co. Clare.

Less than a week later, Gardaí from the Stolen Cars Unit called to the couple’s home and informed them that they had bought a stolen car that had been fitted with a cloned registration number. Gardaí seized the vehicle and the couple were at a loss of over €7000.

Gardaí at Stolen Cars Unit, N.B.C.I. are investigating this crime.