A Sunshine Coast car buyer has lost $6500 after paying money to a fake account without seeing the vehicle first.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said police were receiving complaints where victims were buying cars without seeing them first.
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Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said buyers were going by online advertisements, interacting with a purported seller and paying money to the sellers’ accounts.
They are then realising, after the so-called seller stops all communication, they have been sicked into a scam.
Det Sen-Sgt Edwards said there had been two victims on the Sunshine Coast from car fraud.
He said in one case a Sunshine Coast buyer tried a car at auction through Auto Trader for $6500.
The victim had contacted the purported owner of the car online, only to be directed