A Gold Coast man has been extradited back home from Melbourne, charged with using fake bank receipts to steal cars advertised online.
The 23-year-old allegedly posed as a doctor, even dressing up as one as he would go to inspect vehicles.
He would then make claims about depositing money into victims’ bank accounts by showing them a fake bank receipt and would convince owners to let him take their car for a test drive and never come back.
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The man has since been charged with 12 counts of fraud totalling approximately $100,000.00, six counts of stealing and one count each of forge and attempted fraud.
He is expected to face Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Detective Senior Sergeant Jay Notaro said it was important for members of the public to remain vigilant when buying or selling items on the internet.
“One of the most important things to remember is only proceed with the sale if the buyer has the exact cash amount agreed upon their possession or you have actually received the money in your nominated bank account.
“Also ensure you sight and photograph relevant photo identification before completing any transaction.
“It is not a case of just the buyer be aware but also the seller,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Notaro.