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Vehicle matching scams

Vehicle matching scams happen when a fraudster cold calls someone who has just placed an advert to sell their car.

The fraudster claims to have an immediate buyer for the car. They ask for an upfront fee which they say is refundable if the car isn’t sold. The car isn’t sold and the refund is never paid.

Vehicle matching fraud is a type of advance fee fraud.

Fraud has been committed when money has been lost.

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

See also:
Advance fee fraud
Call centre scams
Business opportunity fraud

Source - Action Fraud

Date Published: Jul 21, 2018

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

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Corporate fraud can be any fraud committed against a business.

Individual fraud

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Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.
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