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Old 02-20-2006, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Lionheart240' post='802584' date='Feb 18 2006, 01:39 AM

These are the e-mails I've been getting from someone about my car...I'm worried it's a scam, too. :/



"Hello,

I wish to indicate interest in your vehicle for sale at $14000.Get back to me with available scanned pictures,information on the vehicle's service history and also the required payment time frame so that i could make arrangements for payment and pick up.

Regards,

George Stewart"



"Hello,

How are you? I just got your mail, I really appreciate your urgent response.My friend saw the ad on the internet and called my attention to it.Please give me a comprehensive detail about its present condition as well as its service history and as soon as this is done we will arrange for further proceedings.

Thanks

George Stewart"



"Hi Mike,

Thanks for your mail.My friend has reviewed the issue of sending a large check,with the waiting period required for it to clear and has decided to send you a down payment cashier's check of $8,000 being Part payment of the car cost.When you receive and cash it,you should let us know,so that the agent can proceed to your location to inspect the car. He will also test drive the car in your presence.On completion of this,the rest of the money ($6,000) will be paid to you in cash or direct wire transfer to your account before the agent picks up the car.I believe this is a better and simpler option.Please confirm the above scenario by sending your name,address and phone number for the down payment check,so that we can proceed with the transaction.As regards your note,i will call you at my convenience.

George Stewart"



"I received your mail and has conveyed its contents to Mr.Rupert,your payment is being processed and would be delivered next week via courier at your location address.I will get back to you with updates on the payment delivery.

George Stewart"




He basically says he'll send me a $8k deposit...wait for it to clear completely, then WHEN it does...he'll "send his agent" to see/feel the car... then if they like...I'll get the other $6k via wire transfer or w/e?



I gave him my name/mailing address/phone number...should I be worried?



o_O!!


I'd be a lot more cautious, and protective over your car, until you have confirmed it's real. I'd also invest in an alarm for your car (if you dont already have one), and a house alarm.
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Old 03-12-2006, 01:07 PM
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i also got scamed... i bought a 20B from rotaryworks.com, met him on thepartstrader.com sent him over 3K paid for the motor and engine porting, exhaust porting, and ect. would have been pushing over 500hp....... when the motor was "ready" he closed his forum, changed his home phone and cell number and his e-mail.... its been too long for me to do anything about it so all is lost.. i dont care about the money, i just want the motor...
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Old 04-01-2006, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by dan13ni' post='750834' date='Aug 21 2005, 07:15 PM

A friend of mine sold a car to another person in Ohio and there was a problem with the title. Whether it was an honest mistake or not, the state where he sold it from said it was a stolen car. He brought the car over state lines to deliver it. The new owner couldn't get it titled, sued my friend and got the police involved. Bottom line is he got nailed with transporting stolen property over state lines. Since the car was sold for over $1000, he got busted. Lost the lawsuit, owes almost $100,000 in fines and lawyer fees and is starting a 5 year sentence in the state prison on Wednesday. Be careful.


man the same **** happened to my buddy in florida. He originally bought the car for $3000 but pretty much restored it. He just made the mistake of not getting the title because he said that he wasnt driving it so he didnt want to bother. He went to sell it to some dude in georgia and got pulled over on the way up thier after crossing state lines. transporting stolen property over state lines. now hes in jail has owe around $150000 in fines and lawyer fees. so dont buy cars unless you know that they are legit because that cars was stolen by the guy and he gave him a fake number and they cant trace it back.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:25 PM
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It's the same story on the Bike Boards... Gota watch your step.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:27 PM
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I;m actually in a bit of a spot with an old Thunderbird I sold to a buddies kid. Turns out the car wa a repo, (I never knew, Bank had paper work) but it was a repo and when I signed over the application for Title (Never titled in FL) the kid calls me back and says they won't title it. Turns out the car was repossed without the proper paperwork eer being filled out... Grrr....
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by illrida1300' post='664532' date='Feb 1 2005, 06:31 PM

dotn buy shti unless you know the person selling the product. Same with cars look at the car then buy it. There is a lot of that **** going on. People sell rx-7 for like 5,000, but they want the money order first. dont buy nothing unless you can personaly see the product. thats what i say




I like to buy and sell RX-7's to make some $$ to keep my FD goin. I have had at least 4 scammers try to take my money (and the first one did) Simple as this: If it sounds too good to be true: IT IS. You see a nice car for $5,000 DONT GET GREEDY. And ALWAYS ask to see the car. Just for kicks, even if you are not in the same area as the possible scammar email the seller and say something to the effect of "i will be there this week visiting family" You will get a reaction similar to "oh i am not where the car is now"



On Ebay: beware of "closed auctions" scammers will leave their auctions open and then close them to "pre approved buyers only" this gets people luered into wanting the car. You are protected somewhat if you buy a car THROUGH ebay BUT! in order to be pre approved for an auction you MUST be put on a list by emailing the seller. This way the seller can get your contact information and contact you outside of ebay asking if you are interested in the car. That way it is almost impossible to track them AND you are not covered under Ebays policy. Do not buy a car outside of an auction from someone you get in contact through ebay.



Hope this helps.



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Old 12-11-2006, 02:23 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1993-Mazda-...1QQcmdZViewItem



Look! Its a REAL FRAUDLEANT auction! lol!



and a REAL FRAUDLEANT email. (some guy thinking i will give him my money) Can you tell? Start from the bottom up!



>From: ferriss larry

>To: Jamie Lessie

>Subject: Re: rx-7

>Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 14:23:01 -0800 (PST)

>

>

> I already have a few offers for my car... However the sale price is

>$14,000 including shipping. The car is currently set at

> $13700 with a guy living in Trenton and another lady is willing to pay

>$14300 but not until late December. Both have seen the

> car and they liked it a lot. I can't go anything lower than $14000. If

>you can come up with the money this weekend before

> these guys, it's all yours.


>

>I'm the original owner of this vehicle, I have all the papers in order and

>in my name, carfax report available as well. It's

> garage kept and the paint is in excellent condition. See it to believe

>it. To answer your questions...no dents, scracthes

> some but hardly visible (I'm just being honest) ( ), no rust.

>The engine is running great. I've never had problems with the car.No tune

>up is needed until 100,000miles, timing belt is

> good condition also. Never had smoke or fluid leaks. Interior is also

>clean. Don't have any pets nor smoke.

>...you'll believe it when you see it.

>

> I'm the technical representative for the the sales dept. at Trinity

>Holding Inc, and I travel a lot, with the sales team

> throughout the USA and Canada (now in San Antonio actually), and will

>not be there to hand it over or something like that. WTF?

> That's why I need to make this deal through eBay Motors Customer

>Department, and they will keep the funds until the purchase

> is final and you test it and accept it.

>(So basically the answer would be yes, you will be able to test it out, and

>if you won't like it Ebay will refund your

> payment and you send the vehicle back, in my shipping costs.)

>

>

>Jamie Lessie wrote:

> Could i come look at the car?

>

>Thanks,

>

>Jamie Lessie
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:23 AM
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That scam is old news.



Check this site out, they seek out these types of scammers and trick them into spending their money instead of recieving any.



http://419eater.com/



And yes, ALOT of Nigerians do this, he wasn't being a racist.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Sukai94' post='848737' date='Dec 11 2006, 03:23 PM
I've never had problems with the car.No tune

>up is needed until 100,000miles, timing belt is

> good condition also. Never had smoke or fluid leaks.


This is the part that would have tipped me off, HAHA. Never had any problems with the car? HAHA. And the timing belt??





When I was looking for an FD 3 and 4 years ago, the first three I looked at were scams. The first two were in Romania IIRC, and I think the last one was in Italy. Please. So I ended up flying out to Denver to check out my car first before I bought it and drove it all the way back to NC. Now I'm probably moving to Colorado Springs...if I'd only waited, haha.



Good luck to everyone. I think we should castrate all the scammers...or just kill them.
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:41 AM
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that's a horrible scam
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