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Company car scam warning

Date: 20 May 2008

Business car operators are being warned to double check any short-notice vehicle collections after thieves attempted to steal several company cars by posing as leasing firm representatives.

In the attempted scam, thieves in the Nottingham area posed as representatives of leasing firm ALD Automotive to try to steal six Volkswagen cars.

A spokesman for ALD explained: "The incident saw a man claiming to be an ALD Automotive employee contact the customer saying he would be at their premises within 30 minutes with colleagues to collect a number of company cars for work to be carried out following a manufacturer recall. Vehicle registration numbers were provided.

"However, the customer, who had not been informed by ALD Automotive of any recall, contacted the company for clarification."

ALD deputy managing director Nigel Fletcher added: "We were able to inform our customer that this was not an authorised request, which led both of us to believe it was a scam. Subsequently, the police were called and their investigations are continuing.

"We would ask all fleet decision-makers to be wary of such requests being made. ALD Automotive has strict procedures in place for vehicle service booking and safety recall work and would not contact a customer at such short notice to pick up vehicles."