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Man arrested after 'attempting to sell stolen car he advertised online'

Gardaí have issued advice to any potential car buyers to double check the vehicle is legitimate.

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A MAN IN his 30s has been arrested by gardaí after allegedly attempting to sell a stolen car with fake number plates.

As part of Operation Thor, officers arrested a man in Rush, north county Dublin and recovered a stolen Volvo.

He is currently being held at Crumlin garda station in Dublin as part of this investigation.

Gardaí said they wished to warn the public of the scam which sees cloned registration plates placed on the stolen car which match another vehicle of the same type.

A spokesman said: “Gardaí are asking persons thinking of buying second hand cars to exercise caution and carry out due diligence before parting with their money.

Be vigilant

Potential buyers should be wary of meeting sellers in public places other than at the home of the seller. All documents should be thoroughly checked including ensuring that the vehicle identification number (VIN; a 17 digit unique alpha numeric code) matches the original registration document.

“Other warning signs may include the seller not having two original vehicle keys or being asked to change the arranged meeting place at short notice.”

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