Six charged after online scam

Detectives today charged a teenager and five men after executing warrants at properties in Tarneit, Truganina and Hoppers Crossing as part of an alleged car scam investigation.

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Warrants were executed at five houses at 7:30am this morning with police also seizing a number of items including documents and electronic devices.

Police will allege they were all involved in a scam, which has allegedly been taking place over three months in various suburbs across metropolitan Melbourne.

It is believed the scam involved victims who were selling second-hand cars on platforms including Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace.

Those charged are:

• An 18-year-old Tarneit man charged with 33 counts of theft of a motor car, obtain property by deception and dealing in the proceeds of crime. He has been remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 22 August;

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• A 20-year-old Tarneit man charged with seven counts of theft of a motor car, obtain property by deception and dealing in the proceed of crime. He has been remanded to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 22 August;

• A 21-year-old Truganina man charged with 34 counts of theft of a motor car, obtain property by deception and remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 22 August;

• A 17-year-old boy charged with theft of a motor car, obtain property by deception and commit an indictable offence while on bail. He has been bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

• Two 20-year-old Tarneit men, both charged with theft of a motor vehicle and bailed to appear at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court on 24 November.

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