Car-checking company HPI is warning those thinking of buying a used car to look out for a scam. [23 November 2010]
This particular scam begins with an advert on a website or motor magazine, where an English seller is trying to sell a top-of-the-range car at a knock-down price. The seller usually says he is abroad in a country like Spain or Portugal, and needs to sell the car quickly. They tell victims they are unable to see the car as it’s already with a shipping company.
In fact, there is no car and victims have already parted with their cash by the time they realise this is a scam.
HPI is advising potential second-hand car buyers that is an offer to buy a car seems too good to be true, then it probably is. They are also cautioning people never to part with money until physically seeing the goods being sold.
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