A driver who tried to sell her car online was hit with speeding tickets worth more than a thousand dollars after fraudsters cloned her license plates.
Daniela Pobega, who lives in Rosebud, about 90km south of Melbourne, now faces $1,100 in fines and nine penalty points for speeding.
The 71-year-old grandmother claims her vehicle’s license plates were cloned.
Ms Pobega said her number plates were cloned by another motorist after she posted an ad for her white Audi A3 on Facebook Marketplace without blocking her number plate.
she said 7News She was not behind the wheel when the other car of the same make and model was caught speeding.
Daniela Pobega (pictured) has racked up thousands of dollars in speeding fines, but the 71-year-old woman claims her vehicle’s license plates have been cloned
‘[It all happened] on the other side of town,” Ms. Pobega said.
“I don’t travel up and down [Ring Rd] every day, especially at my age.’
The speeding offenses were committed on the ring road near Adreer, around 110 kilometers north of Rosebud.
Ms Pobega, who managed to sell her car on September 20, said the new owner of the vehicle was also hit with fines and penalty points.
It is believed that the driver has since changed the license plates of the car.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Victoria Police for comment.
Sam Charlwood, editor-in-chief of Carsales, said 7News Criminals have been known to clone license plates for several reasons, including for use on stolen cars of the same make and model.
“It means that they [criminals] You can use your license plate to… drive through speed cameras [and] “I even commit crimes without the police or authorities knowing,” Charlwood said.
Ms Pobega says the vehicle’s number plates were cloned after she placed an ad for her Audi A3 (pictured) on Facebook Marketplace and the car has since been sold
License plate cloning is the act of forging the license plate of another vehicle of the same make and model.
Criminals can use cloned license plates to drive recklessly, travel on toll roads, and even commit criminal activity using the vehicle with the fake license plates.
Drivers who own the plates often don’t find out that their plates have been cloned until they receive fines and toll notices a few months later.
Victims of crime are asked to contact the police and can appeal against incorrectly issued fines by submitting an affidavit.
Ms. Pobega disputes the demerit points in order not to lose her driver’s license.