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I have just spoken to the very nice people at Freewheel Leisure; the ebay listing shown below is not theirs and has been posted as a scam by caescarlysouth. They did have this van in stock in January but the ad has been ripped off in an attempt to defraud the unwary, which makes sense if you look at the price. It has been reported to ebay several times but is still up there.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2010-VOLKSWAGEN-TRANSPORTER-T6/290954951818?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid=111000&algo=REC.CURRENT&ao=1&asc=16546&meid=580211199520996816&pid=100033&prg=7839&rk=1&rkt=4&sd=290954951818&
 

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This scam is so popular now, I've been looking for one for a buddy of mine and there is almost always one on eBay, auto trader, Gumtree, they always have a similar story " I'm in the army " " I've just got a new job abroad " etc etc etc and I'll drop it off for you if you will wire me the money, yeah right!!

My best way to sniff them out ( other than the fact that there nearly always 60% cheaper than they should be ) is to ask for the mot test number , they wont have it !! And you'll know then its a scam and not to waist anymore of your time,

This really needs to be highlighted by this forum, I came to this forum a fare while before getting my t5 because its the best place for info and I'm sure it will help some poor unsuspecting buyer
 

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Ebay really p###'es me off I reported this smae add a few days ago, after numous emails and calls it was taken down ! NOW its back ? wtf:confused:
 

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I've had two in one week

2006 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER VAN #121146573930

Vehicle Reg: BN56 XZC
Username: Venessa Coleman
E-Mail Name: Isabel Morales or [email protected]
Item has ended & not been re-listed

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2005 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER CAMPER BLUE

Vehicle Reg: BF05 NEN
Username: Seth Miller
E-Mail Name: [email protected]
Item has been removed

Can't believe this is still allowed to happen on Ebay
 

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Here is her last response:

Because I`m in France right now I decided to use eBay's services because is safer for everyone and my cousin agrees to deliver the car if I have a secure transaction.
This way you'll get a 5 days testing period after my cousin will deliver the car. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. This way you will be able to inspect the vehicle before you decide to buy it and I know that you have the money and you are not just fooling around. Please let me know if you are agree because I have some offers and I need to give an answer.
In order to start the transaction please confirm your eBay ID, name and your register email address from eBay so I can start the transaction with eBay.
Please call me at 07443238587 if you want more details(I will not answer at private number)

I can`t send links from my e-mail so I take a print screen to show you about this program. I attach 2 pictures.

Thank you
Isabel

And here is mine, send her the same reply like she is doing:

I have had an almost carbon copy of these e-mails with another person about a totally different vehicle which strangely after speaking to Ebay has disappeared. There is no such thing as Ebay buyer protection on motors or property and i would not buy anything without seeing the vehicle or doing the transaction with the owner in person.

I think this is a scam and i will be reporting it to ebay. I asked several times the same questions and not once were they answered. The sooner this rubbish gets stopped the better!

If i see this van or username, again it will be reported to Ebay
 

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I've had the 'Isabel' email as well, the only way these scams work is because of greed and people thinking they'll get something for nothing!!
My accountant recently called me as he had a lady there looking for advice on such a purchase, i told him what sort of deal and terms she'd been offered and she was amazed i knew all about 'her deal'. After me then spending 10 minutes telling her how the scam worked she still wanted to send the money as the seller seemed so genuine H:
I then advised her to send the £10k directly to me where i would return her £5k so she'd only lose half her money.........finally she understood!!
 

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You've got to wonder how many people actually fall for these cons and end up losing their hard earned dosh :(
 

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I contacted one just to see what they would say as it looked to go to be true. I had the story about being in the Army on a training exercise in the Isle of Mann and that a posting had come up to Haiti. A few things seemed out of place I: a) is there an army base in the Isle of Mann, b) Haiti seemed like an idillic posting compared to some of the other areas that our troops are posted to and c) how on earth was I receiving such prompt responses from someone who claimed to be on an exercise in the Isle of Mann, away from base and not contactable via phone at the base.

If it seems to be good to be true then it normally is!:D
 

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....presumably the photos are somehow pinched from some poor unsuspecting owner somewhere who won't have a clue what is going on behind his back ?
 

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Hi Guys
I am new to this sort of thing so please forgive me if this post ends up in completely the wrong place.
I have owned a T4 and I am now interested in a LWB T5 Weekender style van. After being at the Busfest last weekend at Malvern I was keen to check out the market prices and found a 'to good to be true van'. Forgive me if I am wrong but it has all the signs of a scam like you have mentioned. I have attached some of the correspondence hopefully to give others the heads up on this subject.
Vehicle description for MC06FYS
Make/Model:
VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER T30 85 TDI
Colour:
WHITE
Transmission & fuel Type:
MANUAL 5 GEARS DIESEL
Body:
PANEL VAN
Engine No:
AXC 077761
Numbers of gears:
5
First registered:
22/08/2006
Engine capacity:
1896cc
Year of manufacture:
2006

SELLER- Hi there,
Thank you for your interest

My asking price is £4,900.00 incl. transport costs. MOT until July 2014 taxed until May 2014.

Payment must be done only through eBay.

Full Service History. 66,000 miles.

The van is in perfect condition without any signs of damp/damage.

It had NO rust,everything does work as it should with no faults.

Please contact me to discuss further details and to send you more pictures only at [email protected] as I don't check all the time my eBay messages!

Best wishes

Chris
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Re: Other: sent a message about 2006 VW T5 TURBO DIESEL 4 BERTH CAMPERVAN #261281465902

From: toadette2010

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SELLER- Hi there,

I work 220 miles away from home and will get back only if the payment is made first through eBay as I don't want to waste my time. If you wish i can deliver the van. The deal will go strictly according to eBay Buyer Protection rules and policy. You will have 5 days inspection period of the van. My job is more important than selling a van. I hope you can understand.

I've sent you more pictures in attach.


Thank You

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Before I contacted the seller I carried out a background check through Autocheck and the only thing it picked up on, it had had 6 owners and changed hands three times in the last twelve months.
Plus it has now disappeared off Ebay.

What do you seasoned Guys reckon?
 

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I sent a message to toadette, and asked if it had an engine, gearbox, and suspension, and laughed, as in haha, my message was totally ignored, re issued some bull, and said it was 4900 plus travelling costs, whatever they were.
It vanished from my watch list, but the van has re appeared today, with another sellers id, also i have noticed two other vans have appeared tonight at 5k or less, for 06 t5 with sellers id's and no feed back.
A check on toadette identified the seller as from United States.
 

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I contacted one of these scammers on ebay they saidd they are in Scotland so Van can;t be viewed . I said great i'm flying to Scotland tomorrow i'll be there to view the Van at 2pm ...of course they ran off scared and never got in touch again ..
What goes around comes around and they'll all get their downfall eventually .
Cheers
Mr C
 

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The ads are everywhere.

if I'm bored and they reply i love to string them along a bit. Make out i am interested and right up to the point they think i will be paying

it's the same as scam telephone calls. I see as long as i am keeping them talking they're not ripping someone else off Rasp:
 
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