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A warning has been issued to drivers over scams that could cost them thousands.

Some could even empty your bank account completely.

Online crooks are running a number of con tricks and motorists are urged to be vigilant – especially new drivers who are keen to get on the road for the first time after the restrictions and delays of the pandemic.

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The scams that are circulating range from hundreds to thousands of pounds in the amount that could potentially be stolen.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has issued a warning to new drivers to watch out for hoax car insurance deals that are promoted on social media.

As thousands of young drivers pass their driving tests following a long delay during the pandemic, motorists are urged to be vigilant when shopping for insurance policies.

To help make young drivers aware of the criminals capitalising on the pandemic, BirminghamLive has crunched the numbers on the top five online motoring scams, as highlighted by Select Car Leasing.

Drivers are warned about a range of car-related scams

1. Phoney car insurance deals could cost you £785

Fraudsters often take the form of fake car insurance providers.

These scammers, known as ghost brokers, sell ‘too good to be true’ car insurance deals to drivers when the policy is actually totally worthless.

According to the Association of British Insurers, the average cost of car insurance is £485.

Victims of ghost broking could not only be paying this premium, but also a £300 fine when they are penalised for driving an uninsured vehicle.

2.Fake road tax text could cost you your bank balance

The DVLA recently issued a warning over a sharp rise in fake text messages that read as if they are sent by the agency.

The texts either warn drivers that their payment details need to be updated or that their road tax is in need of renewal.

These text messages give recipients a link to re-enter their bank details, allowing scammers access to their bank accounts where they can immediately transfer the balance to another account.

3. Facebook car adverts could cost you over £5,000

Although Facebook Marketplace seems like a great place to purchase a used car, fraudsters are also using the platform to advertise vehicles at bargain prices to lure in potential buyers.

One unlucky victim from County Clare paid £5,179 (€6,000) for a car that was never delivered. False sellers pressure motorists to send a deposit and pay for vehicle delivery. They then take the money and run – so buyers are left without a car and their money.

4. Car buying scammers can leave you £2,000 out of pocket

Not only can buying a car be risky, so can selling it online. Some scammers will turn up for an in-person inspection of the vehicle being sold, and distract the seller while an accomplice adds engine oil to the water reservoir.

The car will of course break down if driven, with the criminals claiming the seller has tried to sell them a faulty car – they’ll use this as leverage for a significantly lower asking price.

The scammers will then empty the engine oil out of the reservoir and sell the car on to another completely unknowing buyer. The Derbyshire Times found that in some reports victim of the scam were £2,000 worse off.

5. Imitation driving licences could cost learner drivers £600

Following the pandemic, learner drivers are left with a long wait for their driving test.

Some fraudsters are capitalising on this frustrating delay by selling fake licences and paper certificates online for £600 each, stating they have inside access to driving test centres and can pass learner drivers without having to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

No licence cards are issued and the fraudsters take the funds.

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