of scam from an overseas V8 buyer!
problem from fraudsters who have spotted an easy scam with "buying"
cars or motorcycles advertised for sale. A typical scam is described
below by Rick Morton so, if you are thinking of selling a car, do
make sure you are aware of how these scams work.
Bartholomew (Woodcote Green 0810) who has received an email
from the Rev Andrew Temilade which he feels looks like another scam.
The email is reproduced below in the form it was received including
spelling and punctuation mistakes. (30.11.04)
I will like to purchase the above Car which you advertised for sell
over the internet, i saw it during my search and i want to get it
for my daugther who is getting married soon,as her gift.I need to
no the working condition of the car, the final price which you want
to sell the car. what will be the method of payment.The easiest
method of payment will be by bank draft.please get back to me if
you accept my enquiry so that we can proceed.Hope to here form you
soon. May his presence be with us always.Amen
Morton (Woodcote Green 1300) reported a scam which members who
are selling a V8 need to note. Rick says "I just thought
I would update you on my experience with trying to sell my RV8 recently
before I withdrew it from sale. Both Jerry Winfield (Woodcote Green
1684) and I heard from the same person but I also had several other
emails with roughly the same approach. Basically the person who
is overseas, agrees to buy your car and will send you a cheque for
more than the asking price to cover shipping costs etc. He then
asks if you could bank the cheque and send the balance to his shipping
agent via a money transfer. The buyer's cheque bounces but only
after you have sent the cash to the shipping agent. This scam relies
on your ignorance of how the cheque clearing system works. Problems
arise because banks update their computers on day three of the clearing
cycle. So if you check with them at that time, you may very well
be told that the funds have been cleared and are available. It will
only be on day four that the bank realises that there is a problem,
and on day five that they tell you. Weekends and Bank Holidays all
add to the delay. In my case the scam merchant was going to send
me a cheque for £3,400 more than I was asking for the car.
I was to subtract the cost of the car and send the remainder to
his "shipping agent"."
So members need to be alert to this type of scam
and any approach from these scam merchants!
- MG Car Club
reports "I have received an email today from a firm in America
which sounds a little suspicious to me?". The email is reproduced
below in the form it was received including spelling and punctuation
I am Mark White,manager of Mark autos, Ridderstraat 2320 Madison Street,
hollywood , Fl, Usa. We specialise in purchase of Autos (car and bike)
for customers here in America, and we get paid in commission, after
payment has been confirmed by the seller to the buyer. I write you
on behalf of our client to contact you and arrange for the buying
and shippment of your vehicle which our client saw on the internet,
we would like to know the conditions of the said vehicle and probably
arrange for payment to get to you and shippment.
My customer interested in purchasing your car mentioned above for
the sum of 9,750 ,and we will arrange for the pick up of the car once
payment is confirmed cleared by you. Please acknowledge the offer
and we will inform the buyer of your confirmation of acceptance to
sell and have the funds remitted to you as soon as possible, and I'll
like this transaction to be kept in utmost trust. I hope you can understand.
Our office is located in America, as stated above.
Has any other
member an example of a similar type of letter responding to an advert
on the V8 Website?