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    Don't get caught by this car selling scam!

    My son was looking for a cheap second-hand recently and found a very tidy, low mileage, one owner, FSH Ford Focus Millennium model advertised on Gumtree.com for £1,000. There were lots of pictures and the car seemed to be ideal.

    When he e-mailed the vendor, he received some very helpful and charming answers to his questions from a Dutch pilot currently training in Northern Ireland prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

    My son indicated that he was keen to see the car and the seller said he would ask his Commanding Officer for two days leave to bring the car to England.

    When they were arranging to meet, the vendor said that he didn’t want to commit himself to the expense of bringing the car across the Irish Sea with no guarantee that my son would turn up at the appointed place. He suggested that, in accordance with Gumtree.com’s recommendation, my son should transfer £1,000 to an escrow company as a guarantee of good faith and that the sum would only be released to the seller once my son was fully satisfied with the purchase. The vendor said that he would pay the escrow agent’s fees and also pay for the car to have an independent inspection prior to purchase.

    Fortunately, my son does not have an online account so he asked for my help. I was immediately suspicious as a) the car was too good to be true and b) there was no profit margin for the seller once he had paid ferry fares, escrow charges and engineer’s inspection fees on a £1,000 sale.
    When I Googled ‘escrow’ I found eBay’s guide to escrow scams which advised that any escrow company with a hyphen in its name is likely to be a fake (this one was hyphenated) and any site without an https:// prefix was highly suspicious (this was http://). Perhaps the most telling advice was that a purchaser should never use an escrow service suggested by the vendor.

    To my son’s amazement, after he had withdrawn his interest in the car, he received a phone call from ‘the Dutchman’ (he was certainly not British) trying to get him to change his mind.

    The quality of the correspondence leading up to the request for money was very high and it would have been so easy to have been caught. If you or anyone you know is tempted to enter into a deal like this then please be very careful as the goods probably don’t exist and once you have transferred the money you will never see it again.

    Don’t let these b******s get away with it!

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    any classified ad requesting money transfers are almost definite scams so its not really a new thing

    glad your son got out of it

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    Only an idiot falls for these scams.

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    I wouldnt be paying a grand for a product id never seen anyway never mind some dutchman from ulster

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    When they ask for money up front it's always a scam. buy a car that you go to view, have a test drive, pay your cash and return with the car, all keys and the v5

    Anything else is usually fishy
    GSi....boosting a' ower yer honda CTR, Vtec this!

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    Anybody at all that gets scammed by this, deserves to get scammed for sheer stupidity. Simple as.

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    There are a lot of scams similar and people tend to be "blind" in their enthusiasm,

    I was selling a 54 coupe advertised in autotrader and here, i had a little interest and recieved several emails,
    One in particular stood out, and offered 3k on my car, he would pay by bankers draught 5k, the remainder to pay the the transporter of the car to his "unknown destination"
    I took it on, thaught there is no harm,
    the 5k bankers draught arrived, i banked it,
    The teller said the cash could be drawn that day, (all good so far)
    My online ac said there was a hold and didn't show on my statement

    Meanwhile the buyer requested collection of the car, I didn't respond

    He requested again, then again each time a little ruder,

    Well i wasn't going to part with a car until i saw money in my hands,

    So i got in touch with the bank, they enquired as where the BD came from , i explained,
    You guessed it!! it was fake, I was under suspition from my bank also, but i'm sure i convinced them i was telling the truth,

    I recieved one more very threatening email from the buyer, but couldn't trace where it actually came from, at the banks fraud sqad request.

    Things went quiet after that
    Funny ha ha

    If you think about it,
    I could have lost my car, and actually paid the car transporter, the remainder of cash, out of the 2k eccess as was requested.

    IF ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY ISNT

    bri

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    Only an idiot falls for these scams.
    Fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    IF ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY ISNT
    i think you mean 'if its too good to be true, it probably is'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BYRON View Post
    Fact.
    Have anyone watched The real husle?

    So your calling most people are idiots?

    Sorry but everyone gets scammed at least once in their life,

    That is if!!! you have had a life to start with lol

    bri

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