Craigslist, Ebay and other online buying/selling scams.
#205423 by TerranceBoyce Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:58 pm
THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS SCAM IS TO NOT PAY ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE VIEWED AND INSPECTED THE VEHICLE YOURSELF

A REGULARLY RECURRING FRAUDULENT ADVERT

(The scammer has now photo-hacked the vehicle registration number from the most recent photos, hoping to make it easier to snare victims. There are now so many of these adverts appearing on ad sites that all such 'photo-hacked' adverts should be treated with extreme caution otherwise you'll lose your money.)

CAN'T SEE THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION ? - DON'T BUY

Latest appearance of the fraudulent advert

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-kilburn-fpa-201409017038731?logcode=p 1 Sep

£7,037 2012 Audi TT - 'Collier' - Kilburn - (020) 3727 3514 - 18243 miles - Reg FL12YCR


How the advert has appeared previously

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Previous appearances

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-soho-fpa-201408276917775?logcode=p 27 Aug

£7,028 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Powers' - Soho - (020) 3600 2381 - 18634 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-walthamstow-fpa-201408046342112?logcode=p 4 Aug

£7,063 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Cleveland' - Walthamstow - (020) 3987 5999 - 18192 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-stockwell-fpa-201408036318377?logcode=p 3 Aug

£7,044 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Mcleod' - Stockwell - (020) 3149 4056 - 18202 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-streatham-fpa-201408026301570?logcode=p 2 Aug

£7,024 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Ellis' - Streatham - (020) 3145 0106 - 16892 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-highgate-fpa-201408016276413?logcode=p 1 Aug

£7,037 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Cochran' - Highgate - (020) 3597 2194 - 17315 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-mayfair-fpa-201407276137606?logcode=p 27 July

£7,042 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Schwartz' - Mayfair - (020) 3610 7581 - 17998 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-camden-town-fpa-201407266122110?logcode=p 26 July & 27 July

£7,056 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Chase' - Camden Town - (020) 3537 3397 - 15586 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-earls-court-fpa-201407195949188?logcode=p 19 July

£6,993Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - Earls Court - 'Castillo' - (020) 3222 3471 - 15203 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-stepney-fpa-201407155840315?logcode=p 15 July

£7,078 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Chen' - Stepney - (020) 3578 6009 - 17441 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-hampstead-fpa-201407085655604?logcode=p 8 July

£7,025 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Weiss' - Hampstead - (020) 3280 6458 - 16508 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-fulham-fpa-201406285385212?logcode=p 28 June

£7,000 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - Fulham - (020) 3782 2118 - 'Albert' - 18601 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-s-tronic-paddington-fpa-201406275359557?logcode=p 27 June

£7,024 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr S Tronic - 'Floyd' - Paddington - (020) 3734 6077 - 16612 miles - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-muswell-hill-fpa-201406114939482?logcode=p 11 June

£7,074 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - Muswell Hill - (020) 7961 3166 - 16138 miles - 'Erickson' - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-rotherhithe-fpa-201405274535175?logcode=p 27 May

£7,000 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI Sport 2dr - Rotherhithe - 18110 miles - (07874) 598481 - Reg FL12YCR


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-lewisham-fpa-201405234449240?logcode=p 23 May

£7,000 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI Sport 2dr - Lewisham - (07818) 618990 - Reg FL12YCR


Previously advertised on Autotrader UK here

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-chingford-fpa-201405224418271?logcode=p 22 May

£7,000 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI Sport 2dr - Chingford - (07825) 509770 - Reg FL12YCR


Photos taken from here

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2012-AUDI-TT-2-0-FSI-coupe-/171329455292?

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Last edited by TerranceBoyce on Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:21 pm, edited 17 times in total.

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
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#207857 by TerranceBoyce Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:38 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-s-tronic-paddington-fpa-201406275359557?logcode=p 27 June

£7,024 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr S Tronic - 'Floyd' - Paddington - (020) 3734 6077 - 16612 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#207965 by TerranceBoyce Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:52 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-fulham-fpa-201406285385212?logcode=p 28 June

£7,000 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - Fulham - (020) 3782 2118 - 'Albert' - 18601 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#209458 by TerranceBoyce Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:24 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-hampstead-fpa-201407085655604?logcode=p 8 July

£7,025 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Weiss' - Hampstead - (020) 3280 6458 - 16508 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#210469 by TerranceBoyce Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:54 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-stepney-fpa-201407155840315?logcode=p 15 July

£7,078 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Chen' - Stepney - (020) 3578 6009 - 17441 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#211006 by TerranceBoyce Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:28 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-earls-court-fpa-201407195949188?logcode=p 19 July

£6,993Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - Earls Court - 'Castillo' - (020) 3222 3471 - 15203 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#211974 by TerranceBoyce Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:43 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-camden-town-fpa-201407266122110?logcode=p 26 July & 27 July

£7,056 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Chase' - Camden Town - (020) 3537 3397 - 15586 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#212128 by TerranceBoyce Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:25 pm
LATEST APPEARANCE OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-mayfair-fpa-201407276137606?logcode=p 27 July

£7,042 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Schwartz' - Mayfair - (020) 3610 7581 - 17998 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#212953 by TerranceBoyce Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:21 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-highgate-fpa-201408016276413?logcode=p 1 Aug

£7,037 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Cochran' - Highgate - (020) 3597 2194 - 17315 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#213082 by TerranceBoyce Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:15 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-streatham-fpa-201408026301570?logcode=p 2 Aug

£7,024 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Ellis' - Streatham - (020) 3145 0106 - 16892 miles - Reg FL12YCR


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[email protected]

From: - [email protected]

Hi,

I am the one selling the 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI on Autotrader.
I want to confirm that it is still for sale. The car is HPI clear and it is in excellent condition ( interior, exterior and mechanical),FSH with main dealer.It has done 17,000 miles so far.I am a non-smoker so it has never been smoked in and it had no accidents.
I live in Lieksa, Finland. I used to work for 3 years in the UK as an engineer. Now that my contract over there expired i moved back to Finland. I wanted to keep the car so i took it with me.
I realized that registering it here is quite expensive and also driving it could be a hassle. So i decided to sell it back there. I tried the local market here but i had no interest in it as it is RHD and due to the high fees needed to register it.
The price i am looking to get for it is 7000 Pounds, shipping fees included.

Due to the fact that my job takes almost all of my time and i don't spend to much time at home, i asked an international company to take care of the sale and act as a third party for this transaction.
Or you can come here and buy it. Lieska (where i am) is at 340km from Jyväskylä airport.
Please tell me if you wish to proceed and how.

Kind Regards,

Pauli Eloranta
Chief Engineer
Energy Recovery Solutions
Euromestari A/S
Lautamiehentie 9 B 48, 01510
Vantaa, Finland


Hi Simon,

I have bought the car in the UK, where it is registered; therefore no import taxes or any other taxes must be paid. I will notarize the bill of sale before sending the and I will ship it with it. The shipping will take 10 to 12 days.
If you would like to verify the car on autocheck or hpi, the registration number is FL12YCR and the VIN number is TRUZZZ8J6C1015346
In case you would like to personally buy it here, I could wait for you 2 to 3 days. I do have a number of potential buyers; therefore I cannot wait too long.
If you want to use a third party service, I would like to use the services offered by Google - Google Payments.
This works as follows:
you would send the money to them and they would hold the funds until you get the car to your address and get to check it thoroughly (you get 15 days for testing purposes). Therefore, both I as a seller and you as a buyer will be covered.
You get 15 days of testing from the moment you receive the car (I will ship it to your home address, insured for the entire value).
Should you decide to keep it, you will authorize Google to send the payment to me and the transaction is thus completed. In case the car fails to comply with the specified terms (in perfect condition), you are allowed to send it back (return postage at my expense) and ask Google for a full refund.
Please follow the following link for further details regarding this service: http://google.co.uk/checkout/how-it-wor ... 0&continue
If you choose to use this method, please set up an account on http://google.co.uk/checkout/signup.php ... authuser=0 and send me the e-mail address used in order that I start the transaction.


Kind Regards,

Pauli Eloranta
Chief Engineer
Energy Recovery Solutions
Euromestari A/S
Lautamiehentie 9 B 48, 01510
Vantaa, Finland


The links in the email lead to fraudulent pages set up by the criminal

From: - [email protected]

Dear Xxxxxx Xxxxxx ,

Welcome to Google Checkout. Your account is now active. You can now login to view or verify your recent transactions, by clicking the following link:

Click here to login

***NOTE*** Please print this page for your records. You will need your
verification link if you lose access to your account (for example,
if you forget your username or password).

If you have received this mail in error, it is likely that another user
entered your email address while trying to create an account for a different
email address.
If you did not request this email but decide to use this account
or delete it, you will first need to reset the account password by
contacting us at
Click here to contact us.

If clicking the link above does not work, copy and paste the URL in a
new browser window instead.

Thank you for using Google Checkout.


Screenprint of the fraudulent 'Google Checkout' page (part of it)

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Screenprint of the fraudulent 'Google Checkout' login page apparently set up in a form to phish victims mailboxes.

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Hi Xxxxx,

I will contact Google to start transaction, please let me know when they get in touch with you.


Kind Regards,

Pauli Eloranta
Chief Engineer
Energy Recovery Solutions
Euromestari A/S
Lautamiehentie 9 B 48, 01510
Vantaa, Finland


At this stage the criminal will normally supply the bank account of a 'money mule' for the victim to pay the money in to, but I didn't get one in this case, but I'll keep trying, as they will be reported to the police.
Last edited by TerranceBoyce on Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:50 am, edited 2 times in total.

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#213193 by TerranceBoyce Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:41 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-stockwell-fpa-201408036318377?logcode=p 3 Aug

£7,044 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Mcleod' - Stockwell - (020) 3149 4056 - 18202 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#213342 by TerranceBoyce Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:12 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-walthamstow-fpa-201408046342112?logcode=p 4 Aug

£7,063 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Cleveland' - Walthamstow - (020) 3987 5999 - 18192 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#216551 by TerranceBoyce Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:20 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-2-0t-fsi-2dr-soho-fpa-201408276917775?logcode=p 27 Aug

£7,028 2012 Audi TT 2.0T FSI 2dr - 'Powers' - Soho - (020) 3600 2381 - 18634 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#217238 by TerranceBoyce Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:20 pm
LATEST SIGHTING OF REGULARLY POSTED FRAUDULENT ADVERT

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/audi/tt/used-audi-tt-kilburn-fpa-201409017038731?logcode=p 1 Sep

£7,037 2012 Audi TT - 'Collier' - Kilburn - (020) 3727 3514 - 18243 miles - Reg FL12YCR

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle

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