| Warning! Before you buy or sell a car (or anything online), please read
the following .
|If someone makes an offer to you which is strange be very careful.
Never accept payment which is no for the exact amount of the same.
Do not assume that any cashier check or money order is valid.
| * Nigerian Scam Info
If someone from outside your local area contacts you about buying your car be
very suspicious. Please read this WARNING before buying or selling a car or
other item on the internet.
More info from the Better Business Bureau. Real Life Example. After reading the
above please contact an Escrow Service for your transaction. Please use Google
and the other search engines to research more information on the above
problems. Remember the fraudsters are very skilled at answering your every
objection. It really does happen:
Real Life Example operated In USA.
Here are two sample scam emails The IP addresses of the emails were both from
outside the USA (but that is not always the case). In the first one an address
and phone in the USA were given.
HELLO, INQUIRY ON YOUR CAR, PLEASE GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR ROCK BOTTOM ASKING
PRICE AND THE PICTURES IF THE CAR IS STILL AVAILABLE. HAVE A NICE DAY JAMES
THOMAS [address] [phone]
I replied using an almost obscene name and said it was like it said on the web
and named a price. Notice in his email he had little interest in any details of
the car, and offerred no details about his inquiry -- I suspect the identical
email is sent to everyone selling a car he can find.
HELLO, THANKS FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONCE, 'OPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU. AFTER
CONSIDERING THE PRICE, I HAVE ACCEPTED MAKING PAYMENT FOR THE CAR. BUT THE
ISSUE IS THAT I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS OWING ME HE WORKS WITH INTER TRUST
FINANCIAL IN CANADA BUT HE IS PRESENTLY ON VACATION IN SAUDI ARABIA. I HAVE
CONSIDERED USING THE MONEY ON THIS TRANSACTION, SO HE WILL BE MAKING THE
PAYMENT DIRECTLY TO YOU WITH A CASHIER'S CHECK, BUT THE MONEY IS IN EXCESS OF
THE PRICE OF THE CAR, SINCE WE HAVE AGREED ON US$15,100 FOR THE PRICE, SO YOU
HAVE TO SEND THE EXCESS TO THE AGENT THAT WILL COME FOR THE PICK UP SO THAT HE
CAN BE ABLE TO OFFSET SHIPPING CHARGES. THEREFORE, I URGE YOU TO PROVIDE YOUR
MAILLING INFORMATION WHICH ARE YOUR LEGAL NAME, HOME ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER
SO THAT HE CAN BE ABLE TO MAIL THE CASHIER'S CHECK TO YOU VIA COURIER SERVICE.
AND ALSO YOU ARE TO STATE THE PRESENT LOCATION OF THE CAR FOR EASY
PICK-UP.THANKS AS I WAIT TO RECIEVE YOUR CONSENT ON THIS TRANSACTION SOON.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS JAMES THOMAS
Now the scam.
Again no details about the car, but a nice story about some problems he hopes I
will resolve for him.
The KEY FACTOR here is that the "Bankers Draft or Cashier's Check"
that I would receive will be a forgery. However, if I deposit that check in my
bank, the bank will release funds immediately -- it will be a good month or so
before the bank decides the check is bad and then deducts 100% of the checks
value from my account (plus any service charges). "James" hopes that
I will accept the check, and send him the excess via Western Union before the
bank discovers the check is bad. If I am lucky, I'll be out the $5,000 and find
out before I actually sign the title of my car over to someone too!
Do not ever involve someone else's "problems" in your transaction. Do
not accept any "cashier's check" as valid -- not matter what the
teller at your bank says. FDIC Special Alerts is a website that lists many
Counterfeit and stolen cashiers checks. It is a daily occurrance. If you are
selling your car to someone who is not local, please make sure you use an
escrow service. Here is another email which is basically the same. No details
about the car and a "check payable in the US". You also notice the
reference to a client. Hello, my clinet is intrested in your car..if is still
avalebbile please contact me. which you will receive a payable check in U.S.
Hope to read from you soon. Regards. mark
Although the examples given are in the USA these same scams are also used in
Always remember, if you have the slightest doubt don't contact them back, even
to say no and even if you are desperate for the cash.