I have a car advertised on Autotrader.co.uk and in Autotrader magazine, I've had the usual e-mails about "we are a shipping agent for an overseas client.................ete etc" but yesterday I received a rather novel way of extracting my credit card details.
I received a call from a person claiming to be from Autotrader acounts department saying that there had been a problem with my credit card payment and that if I wanted the advert to remain live then I needed to re-authorise the payment by giving him my credit card details. I was quite abrupt and told hi I had no idea who he was and that I wasn't going to pass over my details without some security check. At this point most scammers will ring off, but this guy was quite persistent and I'll be honest I was nearly ready to believe him! He had quite a few details, all of which could be obtained from the advert, but I still was slightly wary so I asked him for the advert reference number and my booking reference. At this point he got a little bit angry, but still didn't ring off; he still asked for my credit card details one last timebefore saying that he was withdrawing the advert immediately and ringing off.
I rang Autotrader and they confirmed my suspicions. I think it was the persistence of the caller that worried me, normally by questioning who they are you take the upper hand and they soon ring off, but this guy really kept it going!
Just a warning to any other advertisers on Autotrader.