A while ago I informed you about Fake Vehicle Scams. They have been doing their rounds on Junk Mail and other South African Classifieds websites in recent times.
Sad news it that scammers have repackaged Fake Vehicle Scams. They are still placing adverts for vehicles (like a2000 VW Golf Cabriolet for R18,000 and various others) that are priced way below market value in order to lure unsuspecting honest potential buyers and the majority of the adverts they post on South African Classifieds websites for vehicles still sound to good to be true, but they have changed the response they send out to readers.
The new response that scammers are using for Fake Vehicle Scams reads as follows:
“Hello, Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in Kruger National Park right now and I have been very busy with my work.I shoot a documentary for National Geographic for two years, and in two weeks the documentary will be ready and I’ll go back home to United States.
Anyway,thank you for your interest in buying the car. The total price of the 2000 Volkswagen Golf 4 Cabriolet is R18000. The car is registered in South Africa on my name and right now is located in Johannesburg in my garage.I sell it so cheap, because in US, with the money obtained for this car, I’ll buy a new car. In the U.S. the car prices are much much lower then here.
The car is like new, in perfect conditions, 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 i will bring it personally at your home anywhere in SA . I wait your email .
Thank you, Remy.”
The reply comes with various pictures of the vehicle that is being advertised and even has a National Geographic logo with an American phone number at the bottom of it. At face value the reply might look legit, but it’s not. This person wants you to pay for a vehicle by doing a Western Union or another third party payment service.
Remember: Junk Mail is not involved in brokering sales deals and is not affiliated with Ebay or Google Checkout (which some of the scammers are using to scam potential buyers).
Don’t get caught by this Fake Vehicle Scam. These persons won’t show you the car they are advertising, because it doesn’t exist. If you ask them if you can view the car they’ll make up story or they’ll give you an address where you can view it that does not exist. They also won’t be able to answer technical questions about the vehicle in question. All they care about is getting you to pay them a deposit. Think about this way: if you’re making a payment, you’re paying for something that you have not seen or inspected, even if it’s the bargain of a lifetime.
If you come across a possible scam advert or any other fraudulent activity on the Junk Mail website please report it to our Customer Care Department via firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 012-3423840 x2295 (during office hours).
For more scam warnings and tips check out the Safety and Security page on the Junk Mail Help site.