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Over the last couple of weeks a number of cases have come to light where criminals have bought cars from dealers using stolen or fraudulent credit cards. These vehicles have then been immediately sold on to other dealers, before the credit card companies have identified the fraudulent activity and declined the original sale.
The speed at which these cars are being sold on means they are showing ‘clear’ on our registers until of course, the police are notified. This is a very real and current threat; franchised dealers appear to be the main targets.
There have been some common tell-tale signs between the fraud cases identified, as follows. We urge all of our customers to be extra vigilant:
It is important to note that whilst the HPI Warranty provides compensation in the event of the information we provide being incomplete or inaccurate, it does not cover fraudulent transactions which prevent good title being passed from the vendor.
Our advice is to be thorough when buying new stock, and be suspicious of any deal that seems too good to be true.
Should you have any query regarding this matter or need assistance, please contact HPI on 0845 300 8914.