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Autotrader Scam

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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.
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Suppose it beats the normal,

"Hi! Give us £20 and we'll put you in touch with 1000 people that want to buy your car!"
#2
helpful post thanks:thumbsup:
#3
I've just had a similar call. Very convincing. Said they would give me a refund and then take a lesser payment as there was a fault on their side. I was gonna save a few bob in the process as well.

I got suspicious when after taking all debit card details, she asked for my date of birth. I gave incorrect dob and she said it didnt match with what they have on record. I asked her what was on record or why she cant use that. She said this was for security she needed me to tell her my dob. I asked for a number to call back. She gave 08453450345 which is a wrong number i.e. we are asked to check the number when we try dialing it.

I called up my bank and asked for my card to be temporary suspended. they told me there was an attempt to make 20 quid payment by reference vodafone but it didnt go through. They suggested my card be cancelled and new one issued. I got that done.

It is possible that they were trying to make a payment online using my details (which requires verified by visa password reset by giving date of birth).

I've realized it is not diffiicult to get caught. I am lucky as I escaped. I guess the next payment would have been much bigger than 20 quid. This would have been a tester payment.

Caution everyone :-)
#4
I had a text from a company called http://www.hotdeals-autotrader.com offering me slightly less than my asking price, they even gave me a reference number for my quoted price to accept my booking online. when I went to the website and check my entire advert was shown on the site as they said. The next step was to accept the offer and pay for a booking for someone to come and collect the car and pay in cash. Have anyone done this before and is it legit.
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rmitchell
I had a text from a company called http://www.hotdeals-autotrader.com offering me slightly less than my asking price, they even gave me a reference number for my quoted price to accept my booking online. when I went to the website and check my entire advert was shown on the site as they said. The next step was to accept the offer and pay for a booking for someone to come and collect the car and pay in cash. Have anyone done this before and is it legit.

Sounds dodgy to me. Why would you pay for someone to collect it? Surely they'd just knock it off the asking price.

Don't do it.

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