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Anyone ever sold a car to in importer?
Posted 07 November 2003 - 11:53 PM
p.s. here's the email that was sent to me:
I saw your advert via the internet and i am interested in the purchase of the Subaru which is $2500,I am a business man in West-Africa who is into importation,I have a local shipper that takes care of my shipping so shipping is no problem, as soon as the transaction is completed my shipper will come to pick it up.my only request is if you will accept a cashier check drawn in American Bank, So if this is ok by you,Kindly let me know your last price offer via email and forward me your phone number.
Expecting your urgent response
Posted 07 November 2003 - 11:56 PM
A guy on the news just fell for this type of scam.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 11:56 PM
Posted 07 November 2003 - 11:58 PM
Need some guidance here.
Posted 08 November 2003 - 12:28 AM
You will lose the car, and additional money. I forget the specifics, but they aren't good. The money order is a fake, and by the time it gets found out, you are screwed.
Do a search for "africa" in the OT forum.
Posted 08 November 2003 - 01:16 AM
Say you sell the car for $2500. The guy in "Africa" sends you a bogus cashier's check for $3500. You go ahead and deposit it. Then he writes back and says, oops, we made a mistake and sent you an extra $1000. Please send us a cashier's check for $1000 to cover the difference when you send us the title to the car. So... you go ahead and send them a REAL cashier's check for $1000.
About this point the bank realizes the first cashier's check was bogus, and pulls the money back out of your account.
Meanwhile this guy has the legal rights to your car and $1000 of your money.
There's so many of these scams going around, I won't sell a car to anyone who doesn't pay me in person; unless it's either someone I trust from here or someone who pays in cash or certified postal money orders. You just can't be too careful.
What's the email address that that came from? If it's a US address, you can forward it to your local police department.
Posted 08 November 2003 - 02:37 AM
Posted 08 November 2003 - 08:26 AM
The email address is a yahoo acount... does that mean it orginated in the states?
Posted 08 November 2003 - 08:32 AM
Posted 08 November 2003 - 09:19 AM
No return phone number, address, full name, etc.
Doesn't even tell you what country, just "West Africa"
"an American Bank"??? Most international stuff is either by credit card or wire transfers
If he truly imports, the term would be "freight broker" or "freight forwarder"
If the guy is willing to do a wire transfer or American Express M/O, it may be legit, but it sure doesn't sound like it to me!
Posted 08 November 2003 - 09:57 AM
Posted 08 November 2003 - 11:14 PM
Just kick the bastard in the nuts!
Posted 09 November 2003 - 11:09 AM
"Local shipper" find out with a call to your Better Business Bureau and find out about them. If the shipper is legit they would have an account with the african business man. Offer to wait while he transfers the payment to the shipper's account . You go to the local shipper's bank and cash his check at his local bank or request cash from the shipper.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 07:45 PM
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