Fake MOT certificates discovered
Car buyers have been warned to be extra vigilant after a batch of fake MOT certificates and tax discs were discovered in the North East.
Cleveland police issued the warning after officers made the discovery of the fraudulent documents from the Stockton and Durham areas.
Pc Lee Benson of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit said: "We want to make people aware of the ongoing scam and to make them wary that when buying cars, especially old cars, they need to be vigilant and check the documents thoroughly.
"By going to the direct.gov.uk website, and using the digits on the MOT certificate, you are able to check that the certificate is genuine."
The tax discs had the dates illegally changed on them, while the MOT certificates were believed to have been photocopied.
Police warned further fraudulent documents may have spread beyond the Cleveland area.
A 38-year-old man from the Middlesbrough area has been released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested on suspicion of forging documents with intent to deceive.
published: 10/08/2012 17:00:00