MELBURNIANS have been scammed out of money after purchasing cars online.

Police said the victims communicated via email with a person purporting to be selling cars, and were told to purchase the cars through eBay as it was more secure.

Then, victims would receive a deceptive email, claiming to be from eBay, which contained payment instructions for a false holding account.

The victims pay for the cars but never receive them.

The offender is described as of Indian sub-continental appearance, between 20 and 30, with brown eyes and short dark hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quote reference CA5857.