Dodgy or not?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:16
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Greetings people. I have recently posted my Patrol for sale in the Trader section of this forum and have since received an email from an overseas enquiry. It sounds very didgy and they want me to ship the car to West Africa. I am assuming this is a scam of some sort and wanted to know if anyone else has received similar emails.

Also, if it turns out legit, what the &#$% do I do about it? How the bejeesus do you ship a car to West Africa? What happens with registration/insurance etc?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

For your reference, here's what the email said:
The Enquiry:
DEAR SALES,

GOOD DAY TO YOU,WE HAVE SEEN YOUR ADVERTISEMENT THROUGH THE INTERNET AND WE LIKE YOUR PRODUCT SUCH THAT WE WILL LIKE TO PURCHASE FROM YOUR COMPANY.

WE WILL LIKE YOU TO TELL US THE KIND OF PAYMENT METHOD YOU AGREE ON.

AFTER PAYMENT IT TAKES YOU HOW MANY DAYS TO SHIP YOUR GOODS.

WHICH COURIER SERVICE DO YOU SHIP YOUR GOODS THROUGH.

DO YOU SHIP YOUR GOODS TO WEST AFRICA.

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR MAIL.

THANKS.
REGARDS.
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Reply By: Member - Michael- Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:23

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:23
Looks like a scam. Wouldn't touch it with a barge-pole. where did email come from?
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Follow Up By: patrolgu - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:28

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:28
it came from a yahoo email. it does look dodgy eh?
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Reply By: 3.0turbob - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:38

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:38
Yes this is a scam. There have been several posts before about this sort of thing.

Rob
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Follow Up By: patrolgu - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:44

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:44
Thanks Rob. I thought it looked suspect. Bloody dodgy bastards.
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:52

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:52
So fishy that can smell it here , works on the pay me the excess scam , they send you a cheque for lots more than the price and ask you to send them the $ difference by electronic transfer ,by the time their cheque bounces to the moon and back they have difference in their hot hands,,,simply another version of the nigerian scam.
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Reply By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:07

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:07
Also along the same lines as the one recently on Current affair.
There is actually a website associated with these scammers where people actually go along with them and try and get them to send money to cover costs etc but the seller eventually owns up tells the scammer that they have been scammed.
Will try and find it, it makes for some funny reading.

Cheers.

PS just deal with australians and cash up front.
One couple on the Gold coast sold there Winebago and accepted a Bank Cheque, took the Cheque to the bank only to be told its a fake. $160,000 later.
Cant even trust bank Cheques anymore.......
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:14

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:14
Yeah, Take the guy along to your bank and have it transferred and then check your balance.... easy... Michael
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Follow Up By: BigPop - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 12:21

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 12:21
Craig,
That site is Scambaiters

There is some real funny reading in there and some of the scammers get well a truly scammed by their 'victims'.

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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 15:22

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 15:22
Hi Bigpop,
Just went and had another look at it.
Listened to the Bonnie Scotland scam quite hilarious.......

Cheers
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Reply By: johnsy1 - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 12:47

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 12:47
Never never release a asset untill you have the money (a) in your hand (b)in your ac and can see it. As to your ? run mate run !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 13:08

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 13:08
This scam has been around for about 4 years and believe it or not some people have actually been sucked in to it and have lost their money.

Don't even think about it.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:42

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:42
Yea theres a shortage of $200k GU's in Africa (by the time you ship, insure, hire a container, etc etc etc)
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 18:44

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 18:44
DEAR SALES,

WE WILL LIKE YOU TO TELL US THE KIND OF PAYMENT METHOD YOU AGREE ON.

I am very not many good talking enlish mister. can you send me money in the envelope??

AFTER PAYMENT IT TAKES YOU HOW MANY DAYS TO SHIP YOUR GOODS.

i think we can tow it to the ship yard quikly. the ship capatain says 2 weeks

WHICH COURIER SERVICE DO YOU SHIP YOUR GOODS THROUGH.

the ship captain say he will do it

DO YOU SHIP YOUR GOODS TO WEST AFRICA.

the captain say to me he know where that is in the ocean no problem

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR MAIL.

the car has got the few bullet holes in him from up north trip and is painted camo colors to hide from animals. Is this okay to go to afica or will the main man say no to paint scheme? we can paint maybe diffrent colur if you want but will cost more moeys to you

THANKS.
REGARDS.

Now, if they STILL want to pursue the deal, you might just have an inkling that you are dealing with a wanker.
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Follow Up By: patrolgu - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 18:57

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 18:57
ha ha. that's some funnybleep. nice reply.
p.s. i already sent the car to them, they said the cheque was in the mail. i forgot to give them my address tho. do you think they will send me the car back if it gets lost in the post? hope so...
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:40

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:40
The funniest thing I've heard about one of these scams (I get exactly the same worded emails sent to my website business email all the time) was a guy who led the scammer along, and the scammer was going to send a really large cheque, and get the excess wired back (usual fake cheque scam). Well the "victim" told the scammer that his bank was demanding $200 to cash the cheque as a fee, and he didn't have the money, could the nice guy in Nigeria please Western Union him the $200 up front as an advance?

Guess what, the $200 turned up from Nigeria. The scammer got scammed!
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