Legal Help on Export Car Scam Sheffield

There is a email scam that particularly targets sellers who have advertised their car though online ads. The 'buyer' contacts the seller and says that they wish to purchase your car, even though they haven't even seen it. They usually pose as an international dealer who wants to export the car, usually to Africa. This is an export car scam. Don't fall for it. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to the litigation lawyers in Sheffield listed below.

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Legal Help on Export Car Scam

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The Export Scam

The Export Scam

There is a email scam that particularly targets sellers who have advertised their car though online ads. The 'buyer' contacts the seller and says that they wish to purchase your car, even though they haven't even seen it. They usually pose as an international dealer who wants to export the car, usually to Africa. They are willing to pay the full price of the vehicle by banker's draft. However, they then go on to add that they either owe money to a third party in the UK. They suggest that they send you a bankers draft for the full price of the vehicle, plus the amount of money that is owed. They then ask you to deposit the cheque, and then wire the third party the owed money.

A variation of the scam lets you know that they already have a bankers draft made out for a previous car deal which did not work out; not surprisingly, this amount is far higher than the asking price for your car, and you are asked to wire the balance back to them. A third variation involves them sending you the money for the car, plus a few extra thousand to cover the cost of the shipping. You are asked to wire this extra money to their shipping agent.

In all three variations, buyers are often offered an incentive to do this, and may be told to keep a certain amount of money or a percentage for themselves over and above the asking price of the car.

After you've paid the genuine-looking banker's draft into your account, it will appear to clear, leaving you to wire the additional money. After a few more days (or even weeks), you will be contacted by your bank who will inform you that the bankers draft was stolen, forged or that it has bounced. The money will be stripped from your account, leaving you thousands of pounds out of pocket.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

What You Should Do

You should avoid getting involved in any sort of deal that involves you giving the buyer money, especially when they offer you an incentive to do so. Never, ever release a vehicle until you have confirmed with your bank that the bankers draft has been given value. This is not the same as the draft clearing; this merely means that the bank is prepared to put the money into your account whilst the funds are being verified.

Luckily, it is fairly easy to recognise these types of email scams; just be on the look out for letters that include spelling mistakes and poor grammar; these are usually included to make the reader think that the buyer is an uneducated person who wouldn't have the ability to defraud them. The writers very often try to ingratiate themselves with the intended victim, signing off with a comment such as "regards to you and your family" or "may the blessings of lord be with you".

Example

The email below shows just one such example:

Greetings!

My name is Abiodun Bockeen, I am an auto dealer from West Africa I have a client interested in buying your car. My client has accepted your price; howev...

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