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A SPECIAL REPORT – My Big Con

Last week I was looking for a BMW Convertible for a client when I came across an advert for this absolutely amazing bargain:

Click here to see the advert

I contacted the seller via email (as they suggested in their advert) and asked lots of probing questions. The answers just made the car seem better and better!

As you will read in the copy of our email exchangethe seller even suggested a fair and reasonable payment system because he was overseas at the time. Thankfully, I know enough to realise that the payment system he suggested doesn’t exist, so I spotted the chap for the fraudster he was… that and the fact that the asking price was well under half the market value.

In all seriousness, I regularly see adverts like thisand knew what I was dealing with right from the start, but many people do not… and I wondered how dangerous this scam would be if run by someone with a little more ‘marketing’ expertise.

MY SECRET EXPERIMENT

So, I found an out of date advert online for a car with desirable specification. I copied the photos, concocted a story about why the car was so cheap (but not too cheap to arouse suspicion) and placed an advert on the Auto Trader website:

Click here to see MY fake advert

I even bought a mobile phone sim card (for £1), recorded a bogus voicemail message (call 07906 784066 to hear this) and set-up a new email address.

THE RESULTS

Within a matter of hours my voicemail was full, plus I had received 5 text enquiries and 4 emails!

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT OUT?

Regardless of how great the bargain seems:

1) Never agree anything until you have actually spoken with the seller.

2) Do not pay any money until you have actually seen the car yourself or have had someone ‘on your side’ look at it for you, e.g. an independent vehicle inspector. (This is unless the car is at an Approved main dealer, or large car showroom.)

Of course you could always use an extremely popular Car Finding Service with an amazing reputation (and modest Founder), but I am not too sure where you would find one of those…

Wishing you a ‘con’ voyage!

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

 

  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

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