An example of a fake vehicle scam response

CautionOver the last year I’ve warned you about Fake Vehicle Scams on the Junk Mail Blog. Our team have become more vigilant when it comes to the removal of these adverts, but unfortunately these scammers have not stopped trying to lure in potential victims and have been constantly changing their contact details (phone numbers and e-mail addresses) when they’re placing adverts (which makes it more difficult to track them). Because this is happen I though that it would be a great time to remind you about fake vehicle scams.

A classifieds user recently reported a scam involving a fake 2008 Ford Focus Titanium TDi on the Report a Crime website. Chances are that this vehicle was advertised for way below the market value. Take note of this Fake Vehicle Scam response (which was part of his report):

Hello, My 2008 Ford Focus Titanium TDi is still for sale, has 64,000 kms, manual transmission. I’m a private seller and the final price price is R 34,950. The car is tidy and mechanically in good running condition, non smoker, always garaged, has never been involved in any accident it has no leaks or drips. My brother owned this car, he lived in, South Africa. My brother died two months ago in a motorcycle accident and now I’m the owner of the car but I decided to sell it. I also don’t want to get rich on the death of my brother and also to bring the car here will cost me high import fees so that’s so that’s why I have lowered the price. I’m from Greece and is very difficult for me to get the car shipped here to my country so I chose to sell the car in South Africa.I’m not interested in any trades, only to sell it for cash! The car is priced for a fast sale, so it would be better if you don’t need financing. Please let me know where are you located and if you need anything else. Thanks for your interest!

The classifieds user thought this was to good to be true so he responded by telling the scammer that he would pay cash and added a few safety requests (like meeting at a testing ground, etc). The scammer responded as follows:

Hi again,  I’m located in Greece and I can’t make the sale in person because I’m not in South Africa. I chose to sell the car online using eBay Vehicle Purchase Program services to close the deal for our secure. First you need to make the payment to eBay by bank transfer and after this the delivery process will start and will take 2-4 days depending on your location. I’ve already prearranged the entire process with them. The car is located in Springbok in a hangar of eBay ready for delivery to my buyer address. I thought you might want to see the car, no worries because I’ll grant you a 5 days inspection period, to test ride it starting the moment you receive it and before eBay releases the payment to me. I think this is more than fair for both of us. The payment will be handled by eBay Vehicle Purchase Program so if you are still interested to proceed further in this deal just email me your full name, your address as is stated in your ID, phone #, and delivery address if you want to get the car delivered to other place than your residence address. As soon as I get this information I will register you as my buyer with eBay Vehicle Purchase Program and they will send you the Invoice trough e-mail regarding the payment and delivery for our deal. Here are pics with my car: http://s1298.photobucket.com/user/martinplank7/library/. Thanks for your understanding. Martin

This is a perfect example of a fake vehicle scam response. Remember that Junk Mail is not affiliated with Ebay in ANY way. This scammer obviously doesn’t want this user to view the vehicle before they pay them a deposit for it. Remember to take note of the 5 Questions to ask yourself when responding to a Junk Mail advert before you even think of paying money into a seller’s bank account.

If you are unfortunate to encounter ANY fraudulent or suspicious activity whilst using Junk Mail, please report it to our Customer Care department via e-mail at ccc@junkmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).

Spread the word about this fake vehicle scam advert reports by sharing this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You may be the reason that someone doesn’t get caught by this kind of scam. Sharing is caring after all.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Safety and Security category on the Junk Mail Blog.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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45 Responses

  1. yusuf says:

    Linda murray(dr.murray@aol.com). Beware! OPEL ASTRA 2007 BLACK 77000km moved to UK 2 days ago. She a doctor but selling the car because she need the month and she doing the sale via gumtree. She asking R41000.00 bt you need to deposit R20000.00 into western union via absa

  2. yusuf says:

    Read the following-BEWARE- Hi,Thanks for your interest in buying my car. My Opel Astra it’s in great condition, no scratches, dents or rust, damages and never been involved in any accidents. The car runs like new and all services are up to date, and it has 77,000 Kms, and the final price is R41,000. The car engine runs extremely smooth, No electrical, mechanical problems on this beauty, I just replaced the brakes, new battery and has a fresh oil change. It is equipped with AC, Passenger airbag, Power locks, Power windows, etc and much more.Tires have 90% thread left and the transmission shifts smoothly.A couple of days ago I moved with my family and my job(I’m doctor) in London,United Kingdom. I am selling this car at a very cheap price, because I need the money urgently. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in in the custody of the Gumtree transport company in South Africa, I left the car in their custody. They are specialized in this kind of transaction and they can take care of everything for me ( including the car registration on your name and transport until your address).I will support all fees for the transport. The best part of this is that you will have possibility to inspect and test the car until to buy it.All i need from you is your full name, address and phone number so i can register you as potential buyer on Gumtree.Full name :Address:City:Postal code:Phone number:If you’re interested in purchasing just email me with your full details so I can notify team of the gumtree that you have been selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. I need your decision asap because I have 2 more persons interested in buying my car.Kind regardsDr. Linda Murray

  3. Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6 S 2007 R60,000
    This is his latest listing LORL!!!!
    Oh and lastly guys please add this email address to his list ‘hennntsoasn11@live.co.za’

    • Thanks for the info Joe. There is, however, no ads placed on Junk Mail using the provided e-mail address. Do you perhaps have the Ad ID?

      Thank you for using Junk Mail / Auto Mart!

  4. The fraudster is currently active on OLX……I was playing with him the whole day long …. lol

    From: Liam Hale
    Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 01:32:00 +0300

    Hello,

    My white 2011 Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1.4 is still for sale, has 78,000 kms, manual transmission. I’m a private seller and the price is R 33,000. The car is tidy and mechanically in good running condition, non smoker, always garaged, has never been involved in any accident it has no leaks or drips.If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me.My brother owned this car, he lived in, South Africa. My brother died two months ago in a motorcycle accident and now I’m the owner of the car but I decided to sell it. I also don’t want to get rich on the death of my brother and also to bring the car here will cost me high import fees so that’s so that’s why I have lowered the price.I’m from Bulgaria and is very difficult for me to get the car shipped here to my country so I chose to sell the car in South Africa.I’m not interested in any trades, only to sell it for cash! The car is priced for a fast sale, so it would be better if you don’t need financing.
    Please let me know where are you located and if you need anything else.

    Thanks for your interest!
    Liam
    PS: If you want pics, please ask!

  5. Marc says:

    Hi this person also calls herself/himself Dr Sonia Murray, email: dr.murray@aol.com, be on the look out for this email address, tried to sell me a polo 2009 1.4 for R33000, thank God i googled the email address. Her email to me was as follows :

    Hi,

    Thanks for your interest in buying my car. My Volkswagen Polo it’s in great condition, no scratches, dents or rust, damages and never been involved in any accidents. The car runs like new and all services are up to date, and it has 92,883 Kms, and the final price is R33,000. The car engine runs extremely smooth, No electrical, mechanical problems on this beauty, I just replaced the brakes, new battery and has a fresh oil change. It is equipped with AC, Power locks, etc and much more.Tires have 90% thread left and the transmission shifts smoothly.
    A couple of days ago I moved with my family and my job(I’m doctor) in London,United Kingdom. I am selling this car at a very cheap price, because I need the money urgently. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in in the custody of the Gumtree transport company in South Africa, I left the car in their custody. They are specialized in this kind of transaction and they can take care of everything for me ( including the car registration on your name and transport until your address).I will support all fees for the transport. The best part of this is that you will have possibility to inspect and test the car until to buy it.
    All i need from you is your full name, address and phone number so i can register you as potential buyer on Gumtree.
    Full name :
    Address:
    City:
    Postal code:
    Phone number:
    If you’re interested in purchasing just email me with your full details so I can notify team of the gumtree that you have been selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. I need your decision asap because I have 2 more persons interested in buying my car.

    Kind regards
    Dr. Sonia Murray

  6. Daniel says:

    From: Sara Mills [mailto:saramills82@gmail.com]
    Sent: 15 July 2014 12:47 AM
    To: Rossouw, Andre
    Subject: Re: Reply to your Ad on Gumtree: “2009 A4 1.8”

    Hello,

    I have received your email regarding my car 2009 Audi A4 1.8 TFSi !
    The car is in perfect working condition, has no damage, no scratches, no marks or dents on paintwork, no hidden defects. There is no outstanding finance !
    Customs policy on receiving the car. It comes with original invoice, log book, keys and all the documents.
    Here are some details about the car : Engine Size : 1799 cc, Transmission : Automatic , Reg. Date: 01 Mar 2009, 4 Doors, Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Immobilizer, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Side Airbags, Air Conditioning, Auxiliary heating, Leather Seats, Parking Sensors, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Tilt Steering Wheel.

    The price for the car is R45,000.
    The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died 8 months ago (he had a heart attack). It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it. The car is registered on my name now!
    The buyer will receive the car with all papers signed by me and receipts that he needs to register it to his name. It have 78,360 kms!
    I moved in Poland at my brother but the car is in South Africa and it will be delivered from there.
    Delivery will be my responsability and it will take no more then 3 days,and it will be payed by me!
    Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it, please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name and full address;
    The transaction will be closed only through OLX Purchase Program so we both be protected.
    I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!

    Let me know!
    Sara Mills

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for the information. We will definitely investigate the details to make sure they are not advertising on Junk Mail too!

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Online Team

  7. Elma says:

    He is now advertising on gumtree. almost caught me yesterday with a Golf 2008 for R35000. he said he is in poland and OLX Purchase program will handle the sale

  8. Elma says:

    He calls himself Gabriel Pieterse and stays on Poland but his brother died 2 monts
    hs ago in SA. He must have a lot of brothers dying

  9. Aman says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks to the posters on this site I just saved myself R35k – I almost got duped with the exact same scam from gabrielpieterse7@gmail.com for a 2008 golf TDI.

    EXACT same M.O.

  10. Shan says:

    Good evening,

    Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in London/United Kingdom right now and I have been very busy with my work. A couple of days ago I moved in United Kingdom with my family and with my job. I am doctor. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. The total price of the BMW 320d is R41,000. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in in the custody of the eBay company in South Africa, I left the car in their custody. I am selling this car at a very cheap price, because I need the money urgently to buy here a car.

    The car has 164,000 Kms, full service history, in perfect condition, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs, always garaged. You can see from the pictures . If you decide to buy the car, the eBay company will transport the car at your home address with the possibility that you inspect and test the car until to buy it. They are specialized in this kind of transaction and they can take care of everything for me ( including the car registration on your name ).I will support all fees for the transport. I am verified eBay and I want that we use the services from eBay in order to be safe.
    All i need from you is your full name, address and phone number so i can register you as potential buyer on eBay.
    Full name :
    Address:
    City:
    Postal code:
    Phone number:
    After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay Motors and I will proceed the order. eBay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal.I need your decision asap because I have 2 more persons interested in buying my car.

    Kind regards,
    Dr. Linda Koopman

  11. Arisha says:

    Hi, my husband came into contact with this scammer a few days ago. Here’s the details of the email received.
    The email address is to look out for is :-
    Renpasal ExpertClinic
    renpasal@aol.com

    Good evening,

    Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in London/United Kingdom right now and I have been very busy with my work. A couple of days ago I moved in United Kingdom with my family and with my job. I am doctor. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. The total price of the Isuzu KB300 is R37,000. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in in the custody of the eBay company in South Africa, I left the car in their custody. I am selling this car at a very cheap price, because I need the money urgently to buy here a car.

    The car has 105,000 Kms, full service history, in perfect condition, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs, always garaged. You can see from the pictures . If you decide to buy the car, the eBay company will transport the car at your home address with the possibility that you inspect and test the car until to buy it. They are specialized in this kind of transaction and they can take care of everything for me ( including the car registration on your name ).I will support all fees for the transport. I am verified eBay and I want that we use the services from eBay in order to be safe.
    All i need from you is your full name, address and phone number so i can register you as potential buyer on eBay.
    Full name :
    Address:
    City:
    Postal code:
    Phone number:
    After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay Motors and I will proceed the order. eBay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal.I need your decision asap because I have 2 more persons interested in buying my car.

    Kind regards,
    Dr. Linda Koopman

  12. Sibusiso says:

    Hi i also got a mial from the same dude by the name Gabriel pieters.selling a 2008 vw golf 5…i must admitt i was tempted,i almost lost a lot of money.i just knew this just can’t be real.too good to be true!!!here’s the 1st msg he sent…there’s a lot more.

    Hello,
     
    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2008 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 with manual transmission. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history! Engine sounds like brand new, start fast and there are no leaks and no ticks, or noises whatsoever coming from this motor. The transmission shifts as it should, very smoothly. It goes down the road perfectly straight. You won’t find another vehicle like this with lower kilometers! Very smooth ride! A Golf in this condition, with these options (it’s fully loaded for it’s year) and this color combination is an absolute rarity! Very clean interior… This Golf runs and drive like a dream, has ONLY 89,435 kms.
    If you are interested in buying, the price is R50,000.I had to move home to Poland because my contract as engineer in South Africa was finished one week ago. To bring the car here in Poland will cost me high import fees so that’s the reason of selling.
     
    The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.
    If you’re interested in concluding this purchase just email me back and I would be glad to explain you how the entire process works…
     
    Hope to hear from you soon,

    PS: If you want pics, please ask!

  13. ari says:

    i just got an e-mail from a christian wulff dentist. check this out.

    Thank you very much for the reply.

    Following is my phone number +30 211 1984174 . Let me know when we can schedule a call.

    Attached please find pictures of the car. This car was adult owned and pampered; garage kept. Kilometers are original.
    The car is exactly as you see in the pictures, in excellent shape and everything works, no mechanical problems.
    Never has been in an accident.
    You will find it difficult to find one of these cars in this condition and at a very attractive price.

    I tried to register the car in Greece, but unfortunately excessive fees discourage me, because the car have Israeli documents.
    The car have valid Israel test,
    and all Tax paid on car also, no additional payments for you.

    Now I am back at home in Greece and the car is with me.
    Unfortunately for me, i need to sell it back to Israel. If you are still interested in buying it, I can send it to your address by courier from where you can pick it up for a test-drive and inspection, no extra taxes. The transportation taxes are included in the price of the car and estimate delivery time is 2 working days.

    About the exchange owners.. I wish to inform you that the transport company will have the rights to sell the car and they will make the name transfer on the ownership documents also as I will give them a power of attorney to do so. This company also handles the payment procedure and allow you to test the car before i receive the money.

    So, if you are still interested, answer me and I’ll explain how we can conclude the transaction and see the car.

    All the best,
    Christian

  14. MacSamson K. says:

    I came acroos one scammer in Automart.co.za. Recieved that letter on ma email!

    Beware.

    Dear sir/madam

    My name is Andrea Tamburini the CEO of ACTION AGAINST HUNGER ( http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/ )
    founded in 1979 , one of the largest private foundations in the world. Action Against Hunger( http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/) | ACF International,
    a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing
    communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. We are a recognised and accredited organisation by
    United Nation Organization( http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/showProfileDetail.do?method=showProfileDetails&profileCode=609435 )
    You can follow are world wide action and activities directly to our website ( http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/ ).

    We are an Organisation which received donation from all over the world and all type of donation.
    Our donors all over the world donate money, house , land , food , cloth, car, books and study scholarship
    etc. Presently are fundation have to many cars which have been donated by are donors world wide.
    The ACF International Executive Committee have decided to sell these cars cheap to enable us have funds
    to finance our Action Against Hunger world wide .

    We thank you for the interested in are donation car (2011 Volkswagen Golf R VI Auto 4MOTION MY11)

    BRIEF HISTORY
    A real eye catcher and a sensational vehicle to drive! Top of range 5-DOOR Golf R in Mint condition and factory ordered with Full leather interior and Electric sunroof!!!
    One owner travelled just 58,409km’s with Full VW Service log books and spare keys!!!
    2.0lt Turbo Double Overhead Cam Four Wheel Drive producing 188kw with 0-100km/h in just 5.7secs!!!
    A vehicle that will impress! Smart looking vehicle finished Rising Blue with matching Black Leather interior and 19″ VW alloys!!!
    Appointed with full leather interior with heated seating, Electric sunroof, front and side impact airbags, bluetooth handsfree, cruise control, abs brakes, steering wheel audio controls, power steering + windows, dual zone climate control air conditioning, reversing sensors, MP3/CD/iPOD/USB, rain sensors plus much more!!!
    Be quick to secure this Golf R!!! Hard to find with just 58,409km;s and especially Full VW service log books!!! Come in for a test drive today!!! We have outstanding finance packages available!!!

    Vehicle VI R Hatchback 5dr DSG 6sp 4-Motion 2.0T [MY11]

    Kilometres 58,442
    Colour Blue
    Transmission 6 speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
    Body 5 doors 5 seat Hatch
    Drive Type Four Wheel Drive
    Engine 4 cylinder Petrol Turbo Intercooled 2.0L
    Registration Plate DHA34K
    Registration Expiry July 2016
    Release DateThe date this model was first available for purchase. January 2011
    Build DateThe date this car was built. May 2011
    Compliance DateThe date this car was complianced to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). July 2011
    Model YearManufacturer Marketing Year (MY)
    The manufacturer’s marketing year of this model. MY11
    Stock P126096
    Fuel Economy Combined 8.7 (L/100km)

    Attached to this mail are pictures of the car. The car is still available for sale at R150000
    and will pay once you received the car. when the car arrives at your location you will take
    a two day test drive of the car and once you confirm the car is in its perfect of conditions
    then you can pay for the purchase price of the car. The car has gone under full servicing last
    month and looks stunning as you can see from the pictures of the car.

    We will love to know the kind of person the foundation is selling the car, please
    we will be most grateful if you provide us with the below information.

    Do you have kids?
    Are you a Christian?
    where are you located?
    Have you ever owned a car?
    Can you afford to pay for the transportation cost of the car?
    Can you provide me with your number so we can as well talk on phone?

    contacts
    Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA
    One Whitehall Street
    2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    USA
    email: againsthungeraction@gmail.com
    Phone: +1 (323) 400-3624

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