Online fraud is big business, costing UK car buyers £17.8 million a year, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Last year the average loss for the 6,600 people who reported being ripped off in online car transactions was £4,078 per victim. The majority of cases involve people buying cars that don’t exist, aren’t delivered after deposits have been left or are worthless for various reasons.
In other news, Brake, the road safety charity, is urging drivers to pledge not to drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel this summer, as the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) month-long drink and drug driving enforcement campaign kicks off. The campaign will see police across England and Wales stepping up roadside alcohol and drug checks, and warning the public about the risks.
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