Egyptian car owner pursues case vs. swindler who paid with bounced check for 2011 Porsche Cayenne

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2015

An Egyptian car owner is pursuing a criminal case against a con artist who duped him out of his 2011 Porsche Cayenne. The Cayenne owner met the suspect after the former posted an advertisement online looking for buyers for his 2011 Cayenne, which he priced at Dh200,000.

Just a few hours after posting the advertisement, he was then contacted by the suspect seeking a meeting in order to purchase the car and go through the requisite formalities. The Cayenne owner eventually met with the supposed buyer and an associate.

The Egyptian man noted that the suspect avoided meeting with him personally, staying inside his Ferrari while letting his friend handle the negotiations. Through his friend, the alleged fraud claimed to be part of the ruling family, and was looking for a suitable gift for his wife to replace her lost car.

The man, who made claims to own several companies, was reportedly impatient and wanted to conclude the proceedings right away. After the quick negotiations, the Egyptian and the two men drove to the Al Qusais registration and car inspection center to officially close the sale of the 2011 Cayenne.

The suspect then paid for the purchase with a cheque worth Dh190,000 although the car was offered for sale at a price Dh10,000 higher. When he attempted to have the cheque cashed in, the victim found out that the cheque drew upon a closed bank account that in turn was linked to a defunct car rental company formerly owned by the suspect and the wife he was supposedly giving it as a gift to.

The victim additionally found out that the suspect had posted an ad reselling the 2011 Porsche Cayenne using the same service the victim used to sell his car. He also discovered that he was the sixth victim of the swindler, who he found out had reportedly conned five other car owners, all of which filed complaints in the Al Qusais police station.

The police eventually summoned the suspect, who agreed to provide payment in full within 15 days. However, the victim claimed, the suspect proceeded to cut off all means of contact afterwards. As a result, the victim has filed a case in the Al Qusais criminal court.

The 2011 Cayenne debuted in that year’s Geneva Motor Show, and was revealed to carry a hybrid variant of the company’s S Hybrid engine. The engine is notable for consuming only 8.2 liters for every 100 kilometers, representing a 23% decrease in fuel consumption.

It also has impressive CO2 emission levels, at only 193 grams per kilometer. The Cayenne also demonstrated considerable effort from Porsche for saving weight, with the SUV losing 180 kilos or 400 pounds in weight.

The company has also made efforts in interior space management, extending the wheelbase by 40 millimeters or 1.6 inches. This modification resulted to a 2011 Cayenne that extends 48 millimeters or 1.9 inches from the front when placed side by side with its predecessor.

Racing enthusiasts will definitely appreciate the center console, which rises up to meet with the gear shift lever. This gives the interior of the SUV a similar look to a racing car’s cockpit. The interior also includes a rear seat bench that has a 160-millimeter moving space, making it possible to attain a more comfortable setup for rear seat passengers coupled with the rear bench’s adjustable headrest.

Features under the hood of the 2011 Cayenne included a Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Start Stop. There is also a thermal management system for the engine, as well as a cooling circuit for the transmission, as well as on-board network recuperation and variable engine cut-off.

Source: Emirates 24/7

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