Beware of the spare parts scammer

This case study illustrates how a scammer's activities are revealed - the style and accuracy of the use of English in the emails, offering the item in dollars and lifting photos from the internet. Had the email exchange proceeded to the stage of closing a deal then how the "seller" might have tried to convince our fellow V8 member that the wheels really existed and could be collected from a place in the UK would have been interesting to see. The payment arrangements would have been the key stage of the scam too no doubt involving concealing the scammer's identity and home location so he could vanish without supplying the wheels! The story is a useful example of a scammer at work on the Internet and a sobering caution for us too.

Posted: 171020
A scammer responded to a wanted advert on the V8 Spares for Sale webpage that fellow member Mark Richardson had posted as he wanted some MGBGTV8 Dunlop composite wheels requiring restoration. The advert brought an email response but the exchange that followed soon revealed scam activity.

Scammer made contact saying: "Hello, Please let me know if you are still in the market for Factory V8 Dunlop composite wheels ,serious buyer only thanks".

Mark responded: "Hi John, Still looking for factory V8 wheels. I'm only after ones suitable for reconditioning. Chrome condition is completely irrelevant to me but as long as the alloy centre is salvageable then I would have an interest. If you can give me an indication of what you have and what sale price you need then we may be able to deal. Your location would also be handy as they will
need collecting - I'm based in Dorset".

Scammer replied: "Find below , the attached photo of my Factory V8 Dunlop composite wheels for sale asking price is $120 each , let me know if my price is fair enough and i will also need your complete home address to enable me figure out the shipping fees to your door step thanks. Hope to hear from you soon next". He attached the photo above.

Mark decided the response was doubtful saying: "Hi John,
Unfortunately not of interested to myself. Last set of four I purchased cost less than £100 for all four. Also, your price is in $ - this suggests non UK so definitely not of interest".

Mark then did some Internet searching and found the photo the scammer had sent was remarkably like a photo in an article on the Internet on refurbishing a set of Scimitar Dunlop composites, so he ended the exchange saying: "Nice scam effort by the way. "Your" wheels are actually not your wheels, in fact they're not even for a Factory V8. They are from a Reliant Scimitar and were used by another person on his V8 conversion many many years ago. I will now forward this email thread to the V8 Register webmaster so he can advise everyone else of your scam attempt. See ya!"