Scammers put fake vehicle listings on auction or classified websites and say they will deliver the vehicle and ask you to pay by bank transfer
There are a number of giveaways that you are looking at a scam listing. These are detailed below. Always GO & SEE the vehicle.
The vehicles are listed as Auction, Classified or Buy It Now sales where the buyer is prompted to “Email the seller”. Once contact is made a sale will be offered using a fake eBay “holding account” invoice. eBay do not offer such a service, you will just be transferring money into the scammers mule account never to be seen again and with no chance of stopping the payment. Always GO & SEE the vehicle
You are looking to buy a new car, motorbike, caravan, motorhome or maybe even a tractor.You choose to look online, sites such as eBay, Gumtree, Auto Trader etc are an increasingly popular and convenient way to search. Always make sure you are looking on the official website and not a cloned copy. Never click links to these sites from your email or other messages.
You find the vehicle you are looking for and at the perfect price too. Looks like you have found a bargain, way cheaper than the rest, so let's get in touch with the seller, hit Buy It Now or email them, just like it says in the listing, before someone else snaps up a bargain. You even run a HPI or DVLA check just for peace of mind. If the price looks too good to be true it probably is, even if you perform a HPI check, the vehicle may come up clean but it always does. Just because the it checks out doesn't mean the seller actually has it for sale.
Not to miss that bargain of the century, you hit the Contact/Email Seller button or send them a text and within hours you get a reply. All is good with the vehicle and you've done the HPI check and the seller assures you everything is in good condition. However they cannot speak with you by telephone as they have bad reception or their phone isn't working.
The reason it is so cheap? They have moved abroad or lost a loved one and the car brings them bad memories. The car is now in storage or too far for you to go inspect, but don't worry they have the solution, Buyer Protection! Transfer the money into a holding account, the car will be delivered to your door and you will have 3-5 days to inspect it. If you are not entirely satisfied you can have your money back. This is a lie ! .
GO & SEE the vehicle in person before sending ANY money. Sob stories are a way to tug an your heart strings as well as your purse strings. Buyer Protection does not exist for vehicles, pay them and in 99% of cases you will never see your hard earned cash again.
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