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  1. #1
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    Feb 2016

    Used Car Scam

    Forwarded message from [email protected]
    Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:42:06 +0000
    Subject: Re: Urgent Sale (2014 Toyota Highlander Vehicles Attached)

    Dear Customer,

    As requested, find attached photos with specifications and price details

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    insurance to it's final destination, all attached vehicles are in our car

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    If you require other models to choose from please specify.

    Duration of shipment of our vehicles are within 4-5 weeks maximum.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2016

    Re: Used Car Scam

    New member to forum. Not new to scam busting by any means. Stock scam busting mostly - good enough to receive death threats LOL. Most of those scamsters in jail. Canadians - watch fifth estate Friday night as info.

    MY post is about a used car website in Canada - Automac. Some car prices way too good to be true and the webs don't match the location.

    automac facebook page says they have an imposter. Based on my inquiry I would agree. Not saying the location in Middle Sackville NS is a scam. They seem to have been a victim.
    Last edited by Buckey321; 11-22-2016 at 12:28 PM.

  3. #3

    Re: Used Car Scam

    Dear Folks,

    Buying a secondhand car has always been stressful and unscrupulous sellers are nothing new, but the increasing complexity of modern vehicles has opened up opportunities for the exploitation of the unwary .

    Long gone are the days when the car’s odometer had to be wound back with a judiciously applied drill, as the modern crook can access the car’s electronic brain and reset the mileage in seconds.

    Ask these qustions first and use your common sense;

    1.Are they a private seller?
    When you phone to ask about the car, just tell the seller you are calling about “the car you’ve got for sale”.
    If they are a dealer trying to dodge their legal obligations by posing as a private seller, they'll have to ask which car you are calling about.
    Also, try Googling the telephone number. I’ve done that a few times, and occasionally come across some interesting results!

    2.Is it too cheap?
    If a car looks too cheap, it’s almost certainly a scam. Web sites like Autotrader, Pistonheads, and Honest John will let you see what similar cars are selling for; if the car you like is much cheaper than the average, it is either in poor condition, stolen, or doesn’t exist.

    3.Is the mileage accurate?

    While a car’s mileage can be altered with a few keystrokes, that same mileage can be verified just as easily with a few more.
    All you need to do is log onto the DVLA’s online MOT history check. This will show you the car’s MOT history and the mileage recorded at each test. I always do this before I go to see a car I’m interested in and have avoided a couple of wasted journeys as a result.
    When you are actually looking at the car, ask to see its service history booklet (it does have one, doesn’t it?) to make sure the mileage recorded in it tallies with what you’re seeing on the dashboard.
    In either case, if the mileage varies, for any reason, you should be looking for some cast-iron reassurances before writing out a cheque.

    4.Does it have the right identity?
    A car’s identity has nothing to do with its registration number, which is something that could change several times during its life and is ridiculously easy to alter: fitting a set of false number plates to a stolen car for example, is an easy way to snare the unwary.
    No, what you are looking for is the car’s VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. This is a unique seventeen-digit number that individually identifies your car and distinguishes it from every other car in the world. As a result, it’s an important number to check whenever you are buying a secondhand car.
    It can be found on the top of the dashboard and can be seen through the windscreen. It is also stamped into the car’s body, often on the sill and under the bonnet. You’ll need to check they all match and are the same as the one recorded on the car’s V5 registration document.
    If they all match you shouldn’t have a problem, but to be completely safe, you’ll need to run an online car check.

    5.Number plates?
    While a number plate isn’t an accurate way to identify a car, it can be a useful pointer to spotting a cloned one.
    if the number plates didn’t have the supplying dealer’s name at the bottom of them I would always pull the driver over to find out why. Often there was a legitimate reason why the owner had fitted a new number plate, but sometimes there wasn’t and I caught a few car thieves this way.
    Also, take a look at the heads of the screws holding the number plate onto the car (assuming it hasn’t been stuck on). Are they scratched or chewed up? If so, why have they been removed Criminals are cheapskates, and few will bother to buy new screws when they’re fitting cloned number plates.

    6.Online car checks?
    An online car check will give you an almost-certain guarantee that your dream car has never been stolen, written off, or has outstanding finance recorded against it.
    There are several ways to do this – and Google is your friend – but a typical check from someone like HPI will cost about £10 and provide a financial guarantee that the information is accurate.
    Is it theirs to sell?
    A common scam is to advertise a newish car at a price that is a little below the usual market value, telling potential buyers that it must be sold quickly because the seller is moving house or starting a new job.
    The car is perfect – largely because it is a new car that the seller has hired – and a deposit is handed over. This scam can be run a dozen times a day from a rented house, netting the thief thousands of pounds that the buyers will never be able to recover.
    The way to avoid this one is to ask to see the car’s V5 registration document, service history book, and other invoices with its registration number on it. If the seller can’t produce them, walk away.

    7.Is the seller who they say they are? Do you know about the changes to the car registration document?
    You’ll also want to check that the car registration document is in the seller’s name and address. Again, it isn’t unknown for criminals to sell a stolen car with forged paperwork from the driveway of an unoccupied house, pretending it’s where they live. An easy way to check that it is their home is to ask to use their toilet…
    It goes without saying that you must never, ever agree to a seller’s offer to meet you halfway at a motorway service station. They might be trying to be helpful, but are you prepared to gamble several thousand pounds on it?

    8.Paying for the car?
    Never be tempted to transfer the money into an escrow account, where a third-party holds the money as a deposit to reserve the car for you. Almost all are scams.
    Bank transfers are an easy way to send large sums of money quickly; if you transfer it directly into their bank account, it will often appear within the hour enabling you to take the car away the same day.
    For complete reassurance, consider paying with a credit card if you are buying from a dealer. This makes the card issuer equally liable for the transaction.

    As with all scams, criminals rely on a few basic moves that are easily spotted and avoided using the techniques mentioned. By using them you’ll be savvier than 95% of car buyers, scaring dodgy car sellers off in the process!

    All the best,
    [email protected]@[email protected]@

  4. #4

    Re: Used Car Scam

    I think when buying a used car needs to be check what kind of site is. Try this, its liable. https://www.autotrade.com.ph/

  5. #5
    Join Date
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    Stow, OH SOL III

    Re: Used Car Scam

    Quote Originally Posted by abigailcarson73 View Post
    I think when buying a used car needs to be check what kind of site is. Try this, its liable. https://www.autotrade.com.ph/
    No I don't think so.

    Your url shows you to be questionable right off the bat.

    The .ph is a big problem.
    Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. -C. Darwin

  6. #6

    Re: Used Car Scam

    While buying any used car get it checked from a mechanic for any fault. Also don't buy any used car or bike from mechanic since they have a good knowledge of parts and can give you vehicle with duplicate product in it that will incur extra cost on your pocket.

    Be beware

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