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Online Vehicle Scams

Hundreds of consumers across the UK are being taken in by sophisticated on-line vehicle sales scams. Always GO & SEE the vehicle.
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Everything you need to know about Online Vehicle Scams - Always GO & SEE the vehicle.

What is the Scam?

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

What should you look out for?

There are a number of giveaways that you are looking at a scam listing. These are detailed below. Always GO & SEE the vehicle.

Who can I ask for help?

If you have been scammed it can be an upsetting and confusing time. We list what you should do and who you should contact.

What you should look out for

Read about the tell tale signs that a listing is a potential scam - Always GO & SEE the vehicle

Zero Feedback Seller

The Zero Feedback Seller

An account that has been set up with the sole purpose of defrauding you.

The Feedback Faker

The seller generates by buying low value items for automatic feedback

The Hacked Account

These listings are placed on an existing, trusted sellers account by the Scammer

The Email Picture

To try avoid detection Scammers post images of contact details

The Excuses

Examples of Excuses made by the Scammer for low price and delivery only

Example Scam Listings

Sample scam listings often seen on various sites

The Dealer Hack

These are genuine dealers who have been hacked by the scammers

The Clone Website

The listing forwards you to a fake website that looks like the genuine site.

The Invoice

A fake invoice purporting to be from a “trusted” source such as eBay/paypal.

What is the Scam ?

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

  • 1: Search Online for a 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.

  • 2: Find the Perfect Car

    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.

  • 3: Contact the Seller

    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.

  • 4: The Sob Story

    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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Who can I ask for help ?

If you have been scammed it can be an upsetting and confusing time. We list what you should do and who you should contact.

Before contacting anyone you need the following details to hand.

  • Scammers Bank Details
  • Sort Code
  • Account Number
  • Payee Name
  • Scammers Contact Details
  • Name used by scammer
  • Email addresses used
  • Telephone/Fax numbers used
  • Copy of "Invoice" for holding account

  • Steps to take

    You need to do this IMMEDIATELY and follow each step in order as every hour that goes by reduces your chances of getting your money back. Even if you have the SLIGHTEST DOUBT in your mind, report it, you will not be judged, you are not the first and certainly will not be the last victim of these scams.

    • Contact Your Bank

      1: Contact your bank and try to stop the payment insist you are put through to their fraud department.

    • Contact Their Bank

      2: Contact the Scammers Bank and again insist you are put through to their fraud department.

    • Contact Action Fraud

      3: Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

    • Scam Listings

      4: Return to LegalBeagles, register for free and post up details here where you will find further help and advice


    Links to useful resources and information - LegalBeagles are not responsible for the content held on external sites

    Account Numbers

    Reported Mule Bank Account Listings

    Reported Vehicle Scam Listings

    Constantly updated current and recent scam vehicle listings

    Transport Companies

    Clone & Fake Shipping and transport companies (not) used by Scammers - listed by

    There is a lot more information on the LegalBeagles forum


    View TV programmes and Press Articles about this Scam


    27 September 2014 - Meet this ‘modern day hero’ who is determined to outscam the scamsters

    Rip Off Britain

    Rip Off Britain look at a couple who lost thousands to a vehicle scam online

    LegalBeagles Scams Video

    A little video we made highlighting the main things to look out for


    Useful Links

    These are useful links

    Action Fraud

    National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre


    Online Community Help & Support Forum


    Online Community Forum specialising in Scams

    You can visit LegalBeagles or ScamWarners to discuss scams on friendly community forums

    Other Formal Sources of Information for online fraud and scams include;

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