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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 11:19:00 AM
Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 12:42:19 PM
by ivan loh
IPOH: Police have arrested three people, believed to have been involved in a spate of second-hand car sales fraud nationwide.
Perak commercial crime chief Supt Maszely Minhad said the trio were involved in, at least, 25 cases since 2010.
"A 41-year-old man and a 25-year old woman were arrested in Temerloh on Sunday.
"The police later arrested another woman, 29, at Serdang on the same day," he told journalists here on Tuesday.
"We are still looking for another accomplice, believed to be the man's brother," he added.
Supt Maszely said, in Perak alone, there have been eight cases reported so far, involving about RM409,000.
He said the group's modus operandi was to prey on people who wanted to sell their cars on the Internet.
"They discuss the terms of sales with their victims and give them a fake bankers' cheque.
"In return, they get the victims to sign the ownership exchange forms and take possession of the vehicles.
"These transactions are usually conducted on Thursdays or Fridays. Banks are usually shut over weekends.
The victims find out they are cheated only in the following week.
"Meanwhile, the suspects use the weekends to find buyers, usually second-hand car dealers, and sell off the car they have just acquired," he said.
Supt Maszely advised car owners to be extra careful when selling their vehicles.
"Always ensure that bank cheques offered are genuine by going straight to the bank for verification," he said.
He said the matter would be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code and both would be remanded until Tuesday.
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