Latest Car Theft Scam

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 09:43
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This actually happened to my mate Snapper this week.

Bloke calls Snap a few times during the week to make enquiries. Eventually makes a time to view the car.

Arrives with pregnant wife, looks the car over and asks to take it for a drive. Leaves the keys to his car with Snap.

Five minutes later Snap gets a call from the bloke, "we've got a flat tyre, we're at Brandon Park Shopping Centre, can you come and show us how to change it?"

Snap arrives at the shopping centre, looks, but can't find them. Then rings his wife to ask if they have come back. She goes out the front to have a look and tells Snap "no, they're not here and neither is their car".

The wallopers told him it is a current scam conducted by Pros.


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Reply By: Malleerv - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 09:51

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 09:51
number 1 rule when selling a car is go on the test drive with the buyer. This way you can answer any questions they have and it makes it alot harder to pull off a scam like this..
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Reply By: Member - Jason - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:33

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:33
That's pretty cunning. The other kicker is the insurance company won't approve the claim because the owner has given permission & the keys to the thief.

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Follow Up By: Fragle_Rock (VIC) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:49

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:49
He hasn't given permission to take the car and not return is still a theft and providing a police report is provided a claim can still be made for a stolen vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jason - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:19

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:19
Cool, I will revise my statement & say 'most insurance co wont pay or make it very difficult to claim.

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:37

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:37
The Fuzz are treating it as theft so I don't think the Insurance company could possibly reject the claim. But I'm no lawyer LOL.


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Follow Up By: Member - Jason - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:45

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:45
Hey guys - I'm no lawyer either just many years ago a friend had a car stolen & he had left the keys in it - he did get the car back damaged but the insurer said there was no physical evidence of break & enter & rejected the claim.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:16

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:16
Hiya Jim

I have to laugh not at the situation but at your comment "The Fuzz" ,Haven't heard that saying in Donkeys Years

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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:33

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:33
Heard of that one before...actually went for a test drive in a t/d 80 series yesterday, 2 blokes and 2 youngans....the guy let us drive off with his car....we thought it was a trusting thing he had done....even though we left a 100 series sahara outside...when we get back, he tells us where we went and how fast we went...turns out he owns and installs those tracking alarms.....and tells us of a few theifs he has helped put away....for $1800 install and monitor for a year and $400 a year after that to monitor, you have to say it would be worth every cent to have the coppers turn up to where your car is and put the wallies behind bars....
Good alternative to high insurance premiums too....
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 17:43

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 17:43
Several ways to combat theft such as that and good insurance even if you go for a test run with the prospective buyer. When they ring to get a time to view the vehicle, get them to deposit a dollar to your account via the internet, most people can do this these days in a matter of minutes, This you can track if something goes wrong and not too many people these days have bodgy bank accounts. When they turn up ask for their license and record details and take a photograph of all cocerned. I dont think that is too over the top considering the huge amount of thefts in this area.. I wouldnt see this as unreasonable if i was a potential buyer. Let them know the conditions before the get there, if they think its unreasonable or they are scammers,they wont waste your time. Michael
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