White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

Published:  5 May at 6 PM
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The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim.

Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook.

The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he was out of the country on a business trip as his reason for the rush. Although the owner felt uneasy as the caller sounded rushed, he agreed to a meet.

Arriving a half-hour later with another man in a white Rolls Royce with personalised number plate, the fraudster inspected the BMW and offered Dh185,000 ($50,000) for it. Both men spoke good English, and the fraudster used tech terms to describe his occupation, fooling the seller completely. He gave the seller a cheque and drove off in the BMW, followed by his partner in crime driving the Rolls Royce.

The following morning, the seller presented the cheque to his bank, and was dismayed when it was refused as it was a dud and the account had been closed. The bank also informed the seller that an American expat had been scammed in the same way several weeks previously.

A local expat website confirmed the fraudster is wanted by Dubai police for a string of similar scams perpetrated on wealthy expats wishing to sell their cars. One such, an Indian executive, thought she had sold her 2015 Nissan Patrol SE for good money, and all the owners' reports described nearly new, luxury cars with low mileage in great condition.

Every time, it was the white Rolls Royce with personalised plates and the fact that the scammer spoke good English which convinced the sellers he was genuine. Not one of the duped expats suspected anything until they attempted to pay in the cheque. Hopefully, the publicity surrounding the fraudster’s latest hit will warn others to be less trusting in future.
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