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Incident Report for Case #2011-289873

Incident Type

Fraud

Incident Date

10/11/2011 - 10:15 AM

Address

809 S. Thompson Dr. (MPD East District)

Victim(s)

Male, age 31, Rosemead, CA
Male, Cambodia

Details

At first blush the website looks legitimate, with offerings of some very expensive used vehicles at discounted prices. However, if you live in Madison, chances are you have never heard of Solan Motors. According to its website, the dealership is located on 350 Atlas Ave. There is even a map showing the Madison location, problem is when you try to see a street view, or get specific directions to Solan Motors by clicking on the website, it doesn’t work. That’s because Solan Motors does not exist, at least not in Madison, WI. It’s only somewhere out there in cyberspace, and is the brainchild of someone in Kiev, Ukraine. The MPD now knows this because one of our computer forensic experts traced the IP address after a California man showed up at the East Police District Tuesday morning. He had come to Madison to pick up a white 2011 Range Rover, a vehicle for which his brother paid $63,000. The California man explained that his sibling lives in Cambodia, and that he was going to drive it back to California. It would then be a shipped to his brother. The brother had found the SUV online, and thought he had good deal. He believed he was negotiating with a Madison based internet car dealer by the name of “Tom Davis.” He ended up wiring funds from Cambodia to a Wells Fargo account, which had also been setup in Madison. Wells Fargo representatives have told MPD investigators the funds have already been removed from the account. Again, this is a sophisticated scam. Solan even established a couple of phone numbers with 608 area codes. They were also bogus. The victim’s brother said Solan Motors had been listed on Cars.com. The phony company is no longer found on that website, but Solan Motors still appears to be open for business, as the “company” can be found through a simple internet search. Potential buyers can read about how “straightforward and honest” those at Solan claim to be, and how they “ look forward to meeting you!” Just don’t try to find anyone from Solan in Madison. They’re in the Ukraine.

Released 10/13/2011 at 12:18 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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