New York State Police warn of car theft scam

State police are warning potential car sellers of a scam being perpetrated throughout the region.

Troopers said there have been “multiple instances” of the scam in Livingston, Wayne, Monroe and other counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes region.

Two or more people respond to an online ad for used cars for sale and arrive at the owner’s residence to go for a test drive.

“At some point during the test drive, the suspect(s) ask the vehicle owner to step out, stating they hear a weird noise or think something is wrong with the vehicle,” state police wrote in a press release.

“Once the owner steps out of the car, the suspect will drive off with the vehicle and drop the other person or persons off to retrieve the vehicle they drove to the test ride.”

State Police urge citizens to be vigilant and careful with transactions like this and suggest selling used vehicles in front of security cameras or have additional persons with you when attempting a private sale of a motor vehicle.