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Beware internet fraudsters, warns BVRLA

Date: 19 January 2011

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is warning fleet managers to take extra care when confronted with cheap rental deals on the internet or in the press.

Police and Trading Standards officials are currently investigating a number of companies who have lured consumers with low prices and offers to deliver vehicles to their door, said the BVRLA. In many cases, customers have handed over hundreds of pounds in advance only to find that their car never arrives and the company does not really exist.

"If a deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is," says BVRLA chief executive, John Lewis.

"Unfortunately, it is all too easy for fraudsters to pass themselves off as legitimate businesses over the Internet. These sham operators are damaging the reputation of car rental and many other industries. We are working with the authorities to help stamp them out."

The BVRLA recommends only using BVRLA members, never handing over cash, making sure the company is operating from bona fide commercial premises and that it actually has the cars it is offering.

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