The scam sees riminals visit the seller and ask to look at the engine and take the vehicle for a test drive.
While looking at the engine one of the people distracts the seller while another adds engine oil to the water reservoir.
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The criminals then claim the seller is attempting to dupe them with a car that is faulty – eventually convincing the seller to part with their vehicle for the scrap value of around £100.
Sellers have then found their vehicles immediately put on sale for their proper cost – in some cases in excess of £2,000.
If you believe that you have been a victim of an incident similar to that described then you should contact Derbyshire police via the website or on 101.