Police warning over car theft scam in Sheffield

Drakehouse Retail Park
Drakehouse Retail Park

A police warning has been issued about a car theft scam after a motorist was caught out in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police said that last night a car was stolen after a motorist arranged to meet a prospective buyer at Drakehouse Retail Park, Waterthorpe.

While the prospective buyer was looking at the vehicle the fraudster drove off in it.

A police spokesman said: "Just a reminder to those selling things online - if you are meeting a prospective buyer, it is a good idea to take someone with you.

"Please ensure you meet in hours of daylight, in a busy area, covered by CCTV wherever possible.

"Take your mobile phone and don't hand over the goods until you have the money."