Police issue urgent warning after being forced to tow away innocent buyer's 'new car'

-Credit: (Image: WMPTraffic)
-Credit: (Image: WMPTraffic)


Police have issued a warning over 'marketplace' scams after having to tow an innocent buyer's new car. Traffic officers clocked the red Clio in Dudley, quickly noticing it was both "stolen and cloned" on their ANPR systems.

But the car, spotted in Dudley today (June 2), had unfortunately been sold on via marketplace to an unsuspecting buyer. Chassis numbers had been filled over and the window VIN numbers were changed, police said.

They took to social media to then warn others buying a vehicle using social media to be aware of the red flags. And they revealed exactly when buyers should "walk away" from an offer online.

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Cash purchases over social media should always be "viewed with caution", officers warned. Sharing images of the red Clio beside a police vehicle, before being loaded to a tow truck, they said: We identified this stolen and cloned vehicle in Dudley today.

"Unfortunately it had been sold to an innocent purchaser. The chassis numbers were filled over and the window VIN numbers had been changed. A cash purchase over social media marketplace needs to be viewed with caution! If there are red flags, walk away! ANPRInterceptors."

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