Hi all, I recently noticed a car for sale in the local paper, I called the phone number but got no reply, the seller however published an email addy so I wrote expressing my interest in the car...
Just wondered if it is a scam, how would the scammer actually carry it out ?
Below is the response I received (sorry its rather convoluted !)
Hi ***** and sorry for the late reply,
I am emailing you regarding the 2007 Seat Leon 2.0 TDI that I have for sale.
Please take some time to read this email carefully, because I want you to understand how this transaction works.
The car is in perfect condition, with 12,900 miles, non-smoker, never been involved in any crash.The car is located in Plymouth. The full service history is available and the MOT expires in Nov 2009. The price that I am asking for this car is GBP 5800.
I have recently relocated with my job to Augsburg / Germany, where I will be staying for the next year, and I need a car here very fast. I've already found one to buy but first I have to sell the Seat.
A few days ago a person told me that he is very interested in purchasing and I had to fly back to UK to close the deal. Since I trusted his word, I came to Plymouth the next day, but when I arrived I called him and he didn't answer the phone anymore. The problem is not about the money that I spent for the plane tickets.. but I lost 2 working days for nothing. Time is very precious for me as I am involved in some major events of my career right now. I am a serious person and this person disappointed me.
I just want to make sure that you are seriously interested in buying this car before we meet and I will fly to UK only if I have an assurance of your intentions. Of course it will be no problem if you decide not to buy the car. But I want to be sure that you will be there to meet me and handle the deal in a civilised manner.
The best way you can prove your serious intentions is to have 50% of the total amount (2900 GBP) transferred into your name via WesternUnion. All you have to do is find a Western Union office in your town and go there with your best friend or your wife. He/she will have to send the money into your name, with Plymouth as location. When the transfer is done you will send me a photo/scan of the receipt from W.U. as proof of payment.
This way I will be sure that you will actually come and I will fly to meet you within the next couple of days. You will test-drive the car and if you decide to buy it we will go together at a Western Union in Plymouth, you will pick up your money, then we will take care of all the paperwork to transfer the ownership into your name.
As you can see I am not asking you to send any money in advance to me. You will be the receiver of the money and only you will be able to pick up the funds from WesternUnion, only in Plymouth/UK .
I believe our business proposal is reasonable for both of us.
If you are still interested in going further with the deal let me know.