CARAVAN SCAM

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 23:39
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Just want to let those prospective caravan buyers out there know there's a horrible scam on Trading Post at the moment.
I nearly got done...

Being advertised is a current year van (this one a Statewide) for $9000. RRP new is $42000 (I checked with the manufacturer).
The ad states the mobile doesn't work, to email. You contact the person to check on the price, and to look at the van and are told the price is correct, and once you pay the purchase price, you'll be sent the van.

The story is that the person has recently taken up a job in the UK and going through a divorce, so wants to get rid of the van quickly.
You'll be sent a fake Trading Post email about the trader being a verified vendor, and then another fake TP email on where to send the Western Union money gram (always a good indication of a scam).

Effectively, the poor person thinking this is legit sends the money, and the van doesn't arrive. It, and the shipping company, never existed in the first place.

Some clues: No contact details on the shipping co website, White Pages details for shipping company incorrect and phone number not connected. Asking for a Western Union money gram. Urgency to processing the purchase, not wanting to tell you where the van is to send someone to inspect.

Trading Post have told me that this scam is also happening for cars, and know word for word the email details that they send. They take the ads off as soon as they spot them, but they seem to reappear on a regular basis.

So please, if you are looking for a caravan, or know someone, please be aware of these con jobs that are happening on the net!
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Reply By: DIO - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 09:17

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 09:17
So who would spend that amount of money on a van they hadn't seen and then complain that they were ripped off? Some people are just 'asking for it'.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:07

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:07
Gotta agree there DIO......you'd have to have rocks in ya head to get taken by that scam......hahaha
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:53

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:53
If the deal sounds too good to be true..
Then it probably is !!!!

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