Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Arrest Made in Car Sting

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Arrest Made in Car Sting

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

SIX Sunshine Coast and north Brisbane residents have willingly handed over $140,000 to a complete stranger.

Sunshine Coast detectives nabbed an alleged conman during a police sting outside a Caloundra bank on Friday.

A would-be Beerwah victim tipped off police when he became suspicious of the transaction he was about to make with the man.

Police allege the 40-year-old Sunshine Coast man gathered thousands of dollars over the past five years by enticing his victims with promises of cheap car deals and money-making investment schemes.

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said the man had arranged to meet a Beerwah resident at a Caloundra bank to collect an $1800 deposit for a car he claimed he could buy for $28,000.

Police say the alleged fraudster told the Beerwah man he could buy the car through his access to repossessed cars from insurance companies.

aThe Beerwah man knew nothing about this manas history,a Det Snr Sgt Edwards alleged. …

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