Police have issuing warnings and advice to BMW owners in Milton Keynes following a number of reports of a scam affecting owners in the city.
In recent weeks, officers with the police have been made aware that fraudsters have been posing as buyers interested in purchasing a BMW.
After making contact to arrange a viewing, they will arrive with one or two other people with them. Whilst one of them distracts the seller, the second will put oil into the water coolant system and tamper with electrical connections.
They then tell the seller the car is seriously damaged and try to bargain down the price significantly lower than the for sale price. One example of this saw a victim sold their car for 60 per cent less than they planned as they believed the engine was damaged.
You can reduce your risk of falling victim to this scam by following these steps:
- Have someone with you when buyers come to view your vehicle
- If you are alone and show the engine compartment, close it again when showing other areas of the vehicle.
- If you have CCTV, park your vehicle near to the camera with engine facing it.
- Take down any vehicle registration the buyers arrive in
As well as this, police have asked that if any member of the public believes that they have been a victim of this scam, they should report this to the police either online at the Thames Valley Police website or by calling the non-emergency number on 101.
Anyone who has become suspicious that interested buyers may be fraudsters should call 999.
If you have any information that may help with this investigation, please contract police either via their online form or by calling 101. You will need to quote reference number 43180359457. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.