One of our Pricewatch volunteers, Keith Belcher, has seen a number
of online scam vehicle offers over recent months and over the last
10 days he feels that one offering an MGBGTV8 has some of typical
features of a scam. Here he sets out some of the things to look for.
Scammers can be very convincing, so take care.
See our earlier scam article
selling V8 parts & then whole car. 180701
says "the V8 Webmaster occasionally has requests from members
seeking information on the history of Factory MGV8s offered for sale
but sometimes they do not divulge the car's source or where it is
advertised. Some members are attracted to fraudulent listings on eBay.
There has been a recent spate of such listings, so it is worth a short
guide to what to look for so you can spot suspicious online offers".
These online adverts will usually have the same main indicators:
Care - risk of a virus
price is either an exceptionally low starting price or at best
a bargain price for the car pictured.
will often have many listings. If you take time to look
at the sellers other listings there will be many, sometimes
hundreds or even a couple of thousand other vehicles which will
include Campers, Trucks and Construction Equipment.
email address. This is the big giveaway; there will be an
email address prominent in the description. There will also
be something like Please contact me at inviting
you to make contact outside the eBay messaging service.
there will be a low "Buy it Now Price" or "No
reserve" included and the price will be prefixed by
GBP. Should you make email contact you will receive a
polite email reply explaining the urgency for a sale
- something like "I have moved to Germany for work and
my car is in the Shetlands" - or some far away inaccessible
you to transfer funds. The seller will assure you of their
integrity and that will arrange for the vehicle to be delivered
or shipped and then ask you to send the funds direct to their
bank account. They will explain that the car will be shipped
to you and you will have seven days to reject it. If you are
reticent they will sometimes send you a picture of their driving
licence. If you question sending funds direct they sometimes
offer to list the car as a Buy it now listing offering
Should you make an initial email enquiry you risk the sender adding
a virus, hidden keystroke logger or software which will infect your
device to allow them to access your personal and/or bank details.
If you agree the Paypal route, after you reply that you agree they
will send you a fake Paypal invoice which if you click it, it can
be used to glean your Paypal login and password.
Should you make any form of payment, rest assured your funds
will immediately be transferred far out of reach - and guess what
the car will never arrive and your funds irretrievable.
There are many forms of this scam so beware, you have been warned.