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Felixstowe and Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds, car sale scams see Suffolk Police warn vehicle owners



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Suffolk Police are warning drivers following a spate of car sale scams in Felixstowe and Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds, in which oil was poured and smeared on vehicles.

One incident was in Felixstowe on Saturday and saw unknown men ask to test drive an Audi A5.

On their return, the car owner saw the men had poured oil on the windscreen and engine.

Police are urging vehicle owners to be wary following a spate of car sale scams.
Police are urging vehicle owners to be wary following a spate of car sale scams.

The men then demanded to buy the vehicle for less money, claiming the head gasket was broken. Crime reference number: 37/66229/21.

Another incident in Surrey Road, Felixstowe, on November 11 involved the owner of another Audi A5 who was selling the car.

Two men came to view it and smeared oil on the engine, in the exhaust and added it to the coolant fluid.

They again claimed the head gasket had blown when test driving it and wanted to buy the vehicle at a reduced rate. Crime reference number: 37/64470/21.

The final incident was in Barrow on November 13.

The victim was selling a Jaguar XK150 and two men came to view it.

Dirty oil was poured into the water header tank and on the engine block.

The men then again claimed the head gasket on the vehicle was faulty. Crime reference number: 37/64330/21.

Anyone with information relating to the incidents should contact Suffolk Police quoting the above crime reference numbers.

It comes as Suffolk Police urged owners of vehicles to be mindful of potential scammers.

They also advised people to retain all vehicle documentation such as log books and/or V5s prior to any transactions being completed.