the north face cheshire oaks Internet scammer made off with car after assaulting owner
Officers say the car with registration number YK51 BBF is yet to be traced. They are appealing for help in finding the man responsible, who is thought to be around 30 years old.
He was of Indian Asian appearance, around 5ft 7in, with short, black, straight hair, clean shaven and with pock marks on the left hand side of his face.
But today Hampshire residents are being warned to stay vigilant and take simple steps to protect themselves when selling online and selling vehicles in person.
PC Simon Wright, of Hampshire Crimestoppers, said: “If you are selling your vehicle, never let the potential purchaser have the keys unless you are also in the vehicle.
“If you drive first on a test drive take the keys out of the ignition until everyone is back in the car and then pass them over.”
He also advised sellers and buyers to avoid meeting in a car park or somewhere isolated and to try to meet at either the seller or buyer’s home for safety and so you have a link to the person.
He added not to release the car until a legitimate payment had been received.
Police are asking anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or has information about what happened on Sunday, January 11 to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.