A Hampshire man handed over Â£12.5k for a non existant car according the the Daily Express today. Sadly as is often the case it was an off-eBay deal and he fell for spoof emails. Even the fact the unsolicited communications came from a total stanger in Slovakia wasn’t warning enough as an email purporting to be from eBay Trust & Safety followed with instructions on how to pay safely.
I’ve always been dumbfounded why people fall for these scams. Firstly they often sound too good to be true, and they are! Secondly why would you pay in full for a car that you’ve never even seen? It’s not unreasonable to pay a deposit but would you send Â£12.5k to a stranger based on an advert in your local paper?
If you’ve not placed a bid on eBay then you’re not buying on eBay, that also holds true for Classified Ad Format listings. If you’re going to make a purchase off eBay please do not send a significant sum of money to someone you don’t know for something you’ve never seen.
The only good news on this story so far is that the buyers bank, Nat West, is attempting to trace the money however if it’s already moved abroad retrieving it won’t be easy.
The buyer wants his story told and said “I always thought I was cautious but this has been a hard lesson, I just hope my experience will stop others being trapped.”