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Old 13-03-15, 13:53
Critical_Mass Critical_Mass is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

Had something like this when looking for a van. Found a T5 Sportsline on gumtree for 4500. Immediately i thought it was too cheap.

Emailed the person who got back to me.

Apparently it was a woman who had just lost her husband and needed to sell it quickly to avoid losing their house. I was to pay the amount to her via paypal, who would hold the money. She would then arrange for it to be delivered to me. If i wanted it, id sign saying i was happy and she'd get the money released.

If i didnt like the van, i signed saying so and i got the money back and the van would be returned to her.

We all know this is BS.

Before this, I said I wanted to go see the van and i would pay cash in hand. She said I couldnt go see it as someone had already took cash on collection and apparently they were fake notes. I asked how she knew they were fake notes and i heard nothing more.

This was a woman in Scotland.

Be careful guys/gals.
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Old 11-05-15, 12:14
saddler saddler is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

Similar scam recently with cheap t5's on auto trader, story was they took it home to Iceland after working a contract in uk blah blah, difficult to make road legal in Iceland blah blah money sent via applepay..... Low and behold I received two emails from the same person, worded exactly the same about two different vans #thickasthieves
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Old 30-06-15, 19:53
Slimcilla Slimcilla is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

I think there are 3 on Autotrader right now, I got all excited but then common sense kicked in.. A nice T5 for less than 5k - in my dreams..
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Old 19-07-15, 09:51
Bully9 Bully9 is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

Going to see a van next week and hope all goes well for me, but all need to be on our guard.

Stick together
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Old 19-07-15, 16:19
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mad4it rs mad4it rs is offline
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one is on ebay now, def scam, email is [email protected]
ebay item number , all please report, 231623000185
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Old 19-07-15, 21:05
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

^^^ Other than the cheap price, what makes that one a scam? I believe you but can't see much wrong.
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Old 13-10-15, 13:47
Nobby1974 Nobby1974 is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

I've seen a few odd scams like this on ebay, autotrader and gumtree and they often seem to have the contact details (either phone number or email) in a picture, rather than in the normal links you'd expect. A very very obvious scam, but some people must fall for it, otherwise why would they bother?

Most recently I saw one on gumtree, a 2013 T5 with 29k miles for 5995. I emailed to ask if they meant 25995 (and I'd still have been interested at that price) but was told nope, 5995 and a load of and bull to go with it (already with a shipper, send me cash by paypal now but I won't take it until you're happy with the van, etc). A simple google of the spec and it was obvious they'd nicked the whole add, pics and all, from a genuine trade website.

The name given was 'Kate Brandy' [email protected]
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Old 03-03-16, 17:11
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

There is something odd going on at present, I've been looking for a T5 since before Christmas. A Shuttle with 25k keeps appearing at 3200 less than half of it's value. The adverts only appear for very brief periods, sometimes only a few hours. I did get an email from him saying it was in Scotland and offering to deliver anywhere at his cost etc, there was also a military aspect to this one, sounds similar to those mentioned.
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Old 03-03-16, 17:24
dbvwt dbvwt is offline
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Default Re: Autotrader Scam

Originally Posted by delboy10 View Post
Harsh as it may seem..anyone handing money over for a Vehicle without seeing it [especially 'too good to be true'] has only themselves to blame if they lose their money...there are so many of these [well advertised] scams going on now that you would think people would be extra careful with their 'hard earned'
You saved me writing the same thing delboy. It does seem harsh but has greed taken over common sense!!
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