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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Buyer beware as scammers steal back car they just sold for €5,000

David Kearns

Published 25/02/2016 | 15:49

The victim was hoping to buy a 2009 Ford Mondeo (Stock Image)
The victim was hoping to buy a 2009 Ford Mondeo (Stock Image)

Scammers swindled €5,000 out of a man by stealing the car they had just sold right out from under his nose.

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Congo-native Christian says he was almost killed when a masked thief jumped into his newly purchased car and started it with a second key moments after its ‘owner’ disappeared with his money.

“I tried to stop the thief by standing in front of the car but he just started driving… he nearly killed me, the way he was driving was mad,” he told Cork'S 96FM Opinion Line.

Traveling up from the Rebel County last August to get the car, Christian said he arrived in Dublin with his mechanic and was directed to an isolated housing estate in Balbriggan by the man who allegedly placed on a post advertising a 2009 black Ford Mondeo.

Met by a man claiming to be the nephew of the car owner, the pair was allowed to examine the car and take it for a test drive.

“Everything was working; we drove it around for a bit, my mechanic looked it over, everything was good,” Christian said.

“I handed over the €5000 and the nephew gave me the keys and log book… so I get everything and he then walks away.”

“It was then when I realised the car only had its NCT disc,” he added.

Warned by his mechanic that Gardaí would likely take the car if he was pulled over without a tax and insurance, the Christian was figuring out what to do when a masked man came out from behind a nearby building and jumped into the car and drove off, using a second key.

“I was just thinking what to do because I couldn’t drive the car to Cork without insurance… [that’s] when I saw the guy jump in the car and drive off. He must have had a second key.”

He continued: “The car is gone, and so is my money. There’s been no trace since.”~

Christian claimed to Cork 96FM that Gardaí told him at the time he was the sixth person in the area to fall foul of the scam.

“The Garda told me what they are doing when you’re buying the car is only putting in a small amount of petrol,” he said.

“When you go to petrol station, that’s where they’ll jump out and grab the car if they haven’t already gotten hold of it earlier.”

Asked by, a Garda spokesperson said they could not comment on the claims that the scam was an ongoing issue in Balbriggan.

The National Consumer Agency advises that if buying from a private seller, consumers should thoroughly checked out the car before handing over any money.

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