Police investigating possible car buying scam
08 Jul 2016 10:38 AM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information into a potential car buying scam in Newcastle.
Over the last few weeks a number of people have received parking fines through the post after their vehicles had supposedly been parked illegally across Newcastle.
All of the owners contested the fines and contacted Newcastle Council informing them they had recently sold the cars and it was the new owners who the fines should be addressed to.
Thinking this was suspicious the council contacted police and initial enquiries showed that all of the cars that had been issued parking tickets had been recently purchased by the same man.
He replied to adverts about the cars on Gumtree and Facebook and when he came to buy the cars he told the sellers he was from a company called 'M & M' cars based in the west end of Newcastle.
Officers can find no trace of the company and enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone currently selling a vehicle is asked to be on their guard to the potential scam and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 for the attention of PC 1141.
Advice on what to do when selling a vehicle can be found on the DVLA website - https://www.gov.uk/sold-bought-vehicle