A small number of fraudulent adverts have been placed by people posing as sellers. When potential buyers have tried to contact the seller they have found that the phone number is faulty, invalid or constantly diverted to voicemail.
On questioning this point by email the seller informs the customer that they are unable to use the phone and that they can only converse via email.
The seller asks for a deposit, or the full price, to be wired to them. After this is paid, the buyer is informed that the vehicle cannot be delivered, more money is required, or, the seller becomes impossible to contact.
BE CAUTIOUS if an advert or following emails contain spelling mistakes and/or poor grammar, as this seems to be a trait of fraudulent adverts.
Buyers should be cautious if a potential seller cannot give you a telephone number, or, insists on communicating by email only.
Never hand over any money until you’ve seen the vehicle, or are satisfied that the vehicle and seller are genuine. Even then, don’t be pressurised into giving a large deposit; most genuine dealers will be happy to accept a small deposit to hold a vehicle.
If you have any concerns, please contact our Digital Support Department on 014490650