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Is this advert a scam??

Post by TR4man » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 19:02

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/ ... 99/1442427

If its seems too good, it probably is?

What do you think?

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Robert T » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 19:19

Almost certainly, judging by the "email me directly" and the difference in names between the seller and contact email!

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by DAVE P » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 19:38

Its been advertised about 5 times with different seller details and pulled after a few hours every time.

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Eastsix » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 20:00

Ive seen this kind of thing a few times while ive been looking for a car - pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is the scam? if they don't have the car to show to people, I don't geddit?
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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by freds dad » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 20:06

Usually they tell you that the cars is overseas but they will send it back to the UK at their expense if you buy it. You just have to pay the money into their bank account but hey will refund it fully if you don't like the car.

Of course the car never arrives and you they become "difficult" to contact .

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by ZedAintDead » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 20:36

Just googled the email address and they have a whole heap of things for sale on different websites all with the same story, I'd certainly be very sceptical.

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by ZedAintDead » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 20:38

Seems I'm a little slow off the mark, paying too much attention to the Formula1! :oops:

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Batchem1 » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 21:59

Sorry, folks, I don't mean to be confrontational - but what does it matter if a seller has 2 different email addresses or has other cars for sale?
If I were looking for a Z3, as I was until quite recently, why wouldn't I look at the positives in this ad (the single photo looks OK, the claimed FSH, the relatively low mileage, etc) and contact the seller?
It would surely become apparent quite quickly if (a) the car exists, (b) the seller is genuine and (c) the car is worth a look or not. I certainly trawled through enough ads before I bought mine to understand that there are both good and bad Z3 sellers out there, as there are in most aspects of life.
By all means let's enjoy our cars, but let's not be too precious about owning them.

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Batchem1 » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 22:04

freds dad wrote:Usually they tell you that the cars is overseas but they will send it back to the UK at their expense if you buy it. You just have to pay the money into their bank account but hey will refund it fully if you don't like the car.

Of course the car never arrives and you they become "difficult" to contact .
Well, I'm sorry, but if anybody looking for a Z3 falls for this sort of scam they're going to be turned over in so many other ways. That doesn't make the scam any more acceptable, but it does mean that perhaps we all need to be a little more worldly-wise.

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Jonttt » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 22:12

Batchem1 wrote:Sorry, folks, I don't mean to be confrontational - but what does it matter if a seller has 2 different email addresses or has other cars for sale?
If I were looking for a Z3, as I was until quite recently, why wouldn't I look at the positives in this ad (the single photo looks OK, the claimed FSH, the relatively low mileage, etc) and contact the seller?
It would surely become apparent quite quickly if (a) the car exists, (b) the seller is genuine and (c) the car is worth a look or not. I certainly trawled through enough ads before I bought mine to understand that there are both good and bad Z3 sellers out there, as there are in most aspects of life.
By all means let's enjoy our cars, but let's not be too precious about owning them.
But its a scam so there is nothing to be confrontational about :head:

We've had some fun with these over the years :D but they soon get boring as there are so many of them. You can usually get them as far as confirming a false bank transfer and even then they still cling onto the belief you may pay them :twisted:
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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Robert T » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 22:17

Mike, I don't normally comment on these things, but even I smelt a rat the moment I read it. For one thing the car is ridiculously cheap (coupes normally command quite a price premium over roadsters), the whole email me directly thing is a classic prelude to a scam and the seller purports to be female (Josephine), but the email address is for a Susan - now it is not impossible that it could be a female owner, but I find it highly unlikely that it would be two female sellers!

It may be true that some people don't have a clue how to phrase an advert, but this is a prime one to get Jonttt in to have a little game with the seller - I'd bet on the seller having moved abroad recently and is after a quick sale, etc., etc. We should frame this one and use it as an example of what to avoid!

Edit: And Jonttt has beaten me to it - I should add, that I wrote that bit before I saw his reply!

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by TitanTim » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 23:36

It's common sense at the end of the day, the photo has probably been lifted from somewhere else, only one image :roll:

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Mad Max » Sun 09 Jun, 2013 23:44

Deefinitely a scam, it's been done with this car many times and is well documented here.

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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 10 Jun, 2013 14:42

It is a scam. The links invalid because pistonheads have removed it.
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Re: Is this advert a scam??

Post by Del » Mon 10 Jun, 2013 15:59

I expect they put these sales on the Pistonheads (or similar) system to run over a weekend when the Pistonheads staff are off-duty for the weekend. :roll: As Pistonheads say very clearly on their anti-fraud notes, an ad that asks for contact outside of the Pistonheads system alleging a problem receiving emails via Pistonheads, "this is a scam".

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