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Fake doctor faces court on fraud charges

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Ed Jackson

A man who allegedly posed as a doctor to steal several cars from sellers on classifieds website Gumtree will spend Christmas behind bars.

Bradley Strauch, 23, made a brief appearance at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday on several charges including fraud, stealing and forgery.

Strauch made no application for bail and has been remanded in custody with the matter adjourned until January 19.

Police allege Strauch provided sellers with fake bank receipts and dressed up as a doctor to acquire the cars.

It's claimed the total value of the alleged fraud is approximately $100,000.

Strauch was extradited from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on Wednesday and police say his arrest is a reminder for online traders to be extra vigilant whether buying or selling items.

"One of the most important things to remember is only proceed with the sale if the buyer has the exact cash amount agreed upon their possession or you have actually received the money in your nominated bank account," Detective Senior Sergeant Jay Notaro said.

"Also ensure you sight and photograph relevant photo identification before completing any transaction."

In August this year a Cairns man, Daniel James Strachan, 40, was given a four-year jail term after pleading guilty to setting up multiple fake ads on the classifieds website and defrauding people of almost $87,000.

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