Police remind online sellers to be cautious after recent crime series, South Australia

Police are advising sellers to be cautious following a recent crime series involving the theft of cars advertised on social media platforms.

On Monday 25 July, a victim advertised their vehicle for sale on social media and then agreed to meet the buyer at their home address in Modbury. The victim met with two men, one of which produced false evidence of a bank transfer before taking his Mazda 3 for a test drive. The men failed to return the car which was located in Munno Para on Monday 1 August.

The on Wednesday 27 July, another victim advertised their vehicle for sale on social media and then agreed to meet the buyer at their home address in Magill. The two men produced false evidence of a bank transfer before taking the 2010 blue Holden Commodore sedan, S940CPS for a test drive. The men failed to return the car which is still outstanding.

On Saturday 30 July, a third victim advertised their vehicle for sale on social media and then agreed to meet the buyer at their home address in Woodville West. Again, the two men produced false evidence of a bank transfer before taking the Ford Falcon for a test drive. The men failed to return the car which was located in Craigmore on Monday 1 August.

The two men who attended the Magill address are described as being of African appearance, both aged in their early 20s, slim build and dark hair. One suspect is around 190-195cm tall with the other around 200-210cm tall. Police are investigating whether the same two men are linked to the other thefts.

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant when selling items through social media platforms and advise sellers:

  • to be vigilant when accepting proof of payment
  • be conscious that fake internet banking records can be created and do not hand over items until you see the funds arrive in your account
  • if seeking a mechanical inspection meet at an agreed place of repair/inspection with the vehicle
  • meet at a safe place preferably during daylight hours, to facilitate a test drive
  • ensure proper identity is sighted or retained with consent, until the vehicle is returned

Further information and tips can be found here.

Investigations are continuing and anyone who spots the stolen Holden Commodore or knows of its whereabouts or has any information, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au You can remain anonymous.

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