Gardaí have issued a warning to the public in relation to a sophisticated scan which sees cloned registration plates on stolen cars matching another vehicle of the same type.
Gardaí are asking people thinking of buying second hand cars to exercise caution and carry out due diligence before parting with their money.
Potential buyers should be wary of meeting sellers in public places other than at the home of the seller.
All documents should be thoroughly checked including ensuring that the vehicle identification number (VIN; a 17 digit unique alpha numeric code) matches the original registration document.
Other warning signs may include the seller not having two original vehicle keys or being asked to change the arranged meeting place at short notice.