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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

Scammers often use a fake driver's license and title as proof they own the vehicle.

They are often obviously photoshopped but not always - sometimes they look almost real

A recent thread about a scammer using a fake driver's license to try to sell a car:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=734099

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

I haven't posted any sample emails in a while but here's one that was sent to me today

Quote:
I do strictly cash deals but presently, i'm away on an assignment and that is why i am offering to Pay you via PayPal, and have my bank account linked up with my paypal account and that is the only online access i have now Please do bear with me.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

Posting this so it comes up on Google:
[email protected] is a huge scammer that has been trying to contact 100s of sellers here on the site, both by email and by text from various phone #s and there have also been reports of texts coming directly from that email address with no phone # at all.

Emails from this email are blocked by the site, along with 100s of other known scammer emails.

Sample email/text from this scammer:
Quote:
Hello do you still have this for sale,please let me know.God bless

Quote:
Thanks for the mail. I'm ready to pay your asking price and to be honest, i wanted to buy this for my Dad, but the issue is i am an marine officer and i do have a contract to go for which starts tomorrow and am leaving any moment from now.The contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I'm able to access email anytime so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime..Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all the paypal fee/charges on this transaction.so kindly get back to me now with your paypal email address info so that i can
proceed with the payment.

Quote:
Thanks you for the response according to the description,am okay with the price and the condition posted on Samba. I am ready to make instant purchase. My mode of payment would be in paypal and i will be responsible for all the paypal fee/charges on this transaction, i will arrange for a pick up agent as soon as you get the payment,because that is the only convenient means for me and due to my work frame i can not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly.I really wish to be there to check out the item but i don't have chance cause am very busy Person am (US MARINE). Concerning the pick up, i will arrange for it after you receive the payment and it clears... Pls get back to me with your paypal info so that i can proceed with the payment

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

From a recent scammer conversation I was notified about:
Scammer email wrote:
I want you to know that this is not a scam so you have nothing to be worried about all you just need to complete the transaction so that PayPal can release the money for not your PayPal account,so kindly go to the nearest store and get it done


The scammer (buyer) was insisting that the seller send money to his shipper via Western Union. Once that was done, payment for the car would be released into his Paypal account.

Reminder:
Do not send money to a "shipper".
You are sending money to the scammer when you do this.
You will lose any money you send.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

Message reported to me recently, this is a pretty common thing they say
Quote:
Can you assure me that i will not be disappointed with it.I'm ready to pay your asking price and to be honest, i wanted to buy this for my Dad, but the issue is i am an marine officer and i do have a contract to go for which starts tomorrow and am leaving any moment from now.The contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I'm able to access email anytime so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime..Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all the paypal fee/charges on this transaction.so kindly get back to me now with your paypal email address info so that i can proceed with the payment.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

Example email text from a fake "Paypal" email

Quote:

Subject: Follow The Verification Procedures Below To Complete The Transaction

Follow the verification procedures below and send us the requirement so we can release the fund to your account.
This is to inform you that we have received the payment of $800.00 USD from Gabriella Montex for the Merchandise bought from you and the funds will only reflect in your account after all due measures have taken place In order to complete this transaction, you are required to send a sum of $350.00 USD to the Transport Company through Money Gram money transfer, We advice you to go to the nearest Walmart office in your area and get back to us with the Scanned Copy/Photograph of the Money Gram transaction receipt or send us the Ref# including the sender name, address, As soon as we have received these information from you, we will credit a sum of $800.00 USD to your PayPal account.

NOTE : DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL

This payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED" but will not be credited into your account until the Money Gram receipt# is sent to us for verification, for more information about this transaction. Below are the relevant information required before your account will be credited:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: --- Internet Fraud --- Please read Reply with quote

I have recently seen a number of scammers using this Bill of Sale document
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If you see someone using this Bill of Sale, you should suspect it is a scam.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few people have reported to that scammers have been contacting them by text only.

Some of the many phone #s used and have been reported to the site are below. They are sorted by number.
Email me if you get a text from a new number and I can add it to this listing
141-020-0504
141-020-0506
201-340-8979
201-578-4882
201-578-6040
206-407-7364
208-274-0587
213-295-2642
213-295-5534
213-314-5750
213-433-0864
213-478-3832
213-929-7375
214-935-4747
218-331-1913
219-232-1312
226-240-2020
226-240-7211
226-499-2681
231-745-5266
234-205-1923
240-332-9637
248-716-5965
249-700-1148
262-777-5975
281-624-0767
281-942-8168
281-962-8038
301-288-5193
303-569-9728
304-548-9739
305-560-6187
305-814-1057
307-275-9019
310-881-5374
310-924-6908
314-400-8421
314-492-0846
316-350-7673
320-318-2122
320-322-8551
320-365-0492
321-257-8470
321-406-3015
323-483-4587
323-873-0158
334-380-5611
337-541-5907
347-566-9821
347-676-4003
402-933-9255
404-390-0753
404-596-7109
405-352-2443
405-369-4063
406-838-6178
407-706-8245
408-234-5075‬
410-343-9205
413-728-9213
415-325-3672
415-594-5306
419-595-5106
423-520-6914
424-245-2787
424-254-7017
424-276-8839
424-283-6284
424-672-4616
435-255-6154
435-554-7451
443-296-2946
443-488-9067
469-414-7868
469-532-7462
469-658-8439
469-751-8725
470-215-6591
503-396-4855
503-854-4173
503-966-7430
507-299-4638
507-299-4738
508-276-6808
509-262-3794
509-739-7013
509-903-9740
512-952-5237
515-329-4377
516-218-3667
517-492-1196
530-362-3647
530-451-3899
530-488-2957
530-648-9153
530-648-9396
541-357-8718
541-615-7002
551-209-0170
559-390-1551
561-285-7203
571-305-5865
580-789-4829
602-812-2263
603-552-9853
603-824-3807
603-836-8912
607-965-5890
609-382-9306
609-483-4037
614-304-1471
628-204-7291
628-222-5548
641-632-2629
646-349-4592
646-547-0392
646-628-9287
650-300-1257
650-300-7841
650-300-8918
651-400-0476
662-601-4191
678-752-7387
678-757-4914
678-837-7004
704-266-1309
704-937-2111
707-341-4842
707-341-9382
707-403-3736
712-828-8202
714-459-2144
720-710-4662
732-436-7389
732-828-9708
740-495-6312
747-400-6480
770-407-7814
773-312-7185
754-307-8323
765-287-5131
775-403-2834
801-609-7787
801-938-3911
803-573-0018
806-464-4327
812-546-9134
813-540-1693
814-433-0757
814-920-8635
817-592-2529
817-631-7820
830-468-4780
832-246-4362
832-436-4574
832-650-7328
832-753-1407
832-821-4072
841-561-0859
845-271-6769
857-219-0493
857-219-3178
857-240-9342
857-297-1678
862-203-5252
864-657-5631
901-424-5338
904-530-3371
910-216-4355
913-730-6587
917-663-5532
918-268-6455
925-309-7006
931-362-1150
936-874-9754
936-874-9754
937-598-9513
949-534-6995
971-512-2592
973-814-6163
973-963-9257


Sample Message:
Quote:
How long have you been using it, why are you selling it and I can't make it there with cash, due to the nature of my job, I can only pay through Paypal, am verified Paypal member. The shipper will take care of the picking up after you got your payment.


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Another sample of messages sent:
Quote:
"Thanks,my name is jimbella why are you selling it and how long have you been using it? and I can't make it there with cash,i can only pay through PayPal. You confirm your payment before shipment.The shipper will take care of the picking up after you got your payment."

"Thanks,my name is Daniel Santiago why are you selling it and how long have you been using it? and I can't make it there with cash,i can only pay through PayPal.You confirm your payment before shipment.The shipper will take care of the picking up after you got your pay."


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since late 2014 there have been some scam ads where the seller is sending out photoshopped titles, often using an Ohio or CA title that has been photo shopped.

Example:
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The Price / Tax / Date Issued line is the correct font and is original.
The other text is photoshopped.

Real Ohio title example - look familiar? Note same Price / Tax / Date Issued text, among other things.
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CA fake title example, used by several scammers in the past with the name/address changed as needed:

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Message I received from a site visitor today regarding fake checks from a company called General Formulations:

Quote:
The checks will come from a company named General Formulations which is a real entity. I believe that their identity has been stolen.

I have already contacted the Attorney General of Michigan.

If anyone receives a check from General Formulations, DO NOT cash the check. Send them to the Attorney General in Michigan. It would appear that they send a check in excess of the item that they are going to purchase in hope that the individual will cash the check.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI - Over the past couple weeks, there has been an abnormal number of water-cooled (Rabbit/Jetta/Passat/Caddy/etc) ads that are scam ads.

Often these car are NOT in the water-cooled section of the site as I think the scammers don't know what is a water-cooled VW.

So be on the lookout and please hit Report on any vehicle ad that you suspect to be a scam ad.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been a bunch of cars listed in the past couple of days where the seller is stating "TEXT ONLY" with a phone #.

Email contact is turned off in the ad.

This is a new scheme the scammers use.

Most of these ads were clearly scams as the cars that were posted look restored or very nice but are often listed at low prices like $2800, $2400, $1500, or $1200. Most of them have photos stolen from other web sites like eBay or oldbug.com

If you suspect an ad is a scam, hit report and select the "ad is a scam..." reason from the dropdown. It helps us clean them up more quickly.


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A few people have reported to that scammers have been contacting them by text only.

Message:
Quote:
How long have you been using it, why are you selling it and I can't make it there with cash, due to the nature of my job, I can only pay through Paypal, am verified Paypal member. The shipper will take care of the picking up after you got your payment.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been a bunch of cars listed in the past couple of days for $9950.

This may be a new price the scammers use.

The vehicles shown were $25K-$75K vehicles so obviously scams.

75% of the scam ads were auto-deleted but a few were on the site for hours before they were caught, deleted, and everyone who contacted them notified that it was a scam.

Just a reminder: If you suspect an ad is a scam, hit report and select the "ad is a scam..." reason from the dropdown. It helps us clean them up more quickly.

These 2 cars are Scams:
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scam email sent to wanted ads

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i have a XXXX in an excellent condition. let me know if you still want to purchase it.


XXX being whatever you had a wanted ad for, of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recent one, pretty similar to the above

Quote:
Hi,
I am selling this van because my unit has been sent back to Afghanistan and don't want it get old in my backyard.
It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident.I do have the title, clear, under my name.The van has 32,550 miles, year 1970.
It is still and the price is $2,850. The van is in Miami,FL, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
Thank you

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple more

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Hello,
This 1972 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon westfalia, with 175,001 miles, runs and drives excellent. Hasn't been involved in any accident. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title. I bought it when i was serving in Naval Base Point Loma, in San Diego, CA and now I am in London, UK.
I have dropped my price to $2,300 usd (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before June 30, when I will be deployed in Iraq with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you're interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your; Full Name and Shipping Address to open a case with eBay they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. You'll receive important guidelines and payment instructions from them.
The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle.
In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.


Quote:
Hello again,
As I've told you at this moment I am in in Great Falls, MT in a military base getting ready for Afghanistan. This means that I do a special training program and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls whenever I want. The shipping won't be a problem because I can do it at no cost for you. You will receive the vehicle along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, full service records and more .Because it is a large transaction we will complete the deal only using an authorized third party like eBay, using their Business Purchase Protection Program. The payment will be handling by eBay and you will benefit of 5 days inspection time period (test drive) and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense. If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info and they will notify you about our deal.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weird one I saw today:
I am an oceanographer and am currently on the sea at the moment, i am
buying the item as a gift for my dad,i want to make it a surprise gift for
him,he won't know anything about the gift until they get delivered to
him.So i want you to reassure me that the item is in good condition as you
have described. I can only pay through PayPal. So please kindly get back to
immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has
been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the Item up
immediately after payments.......Get back to me with your direct email
address and your phone number so i can contact your directly.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another sample:

Hi,
The car is still for sale. It is in perfect shape. It has no scratches, dents and it was never involved in an accident or something like that.The VIN is 1XXXXXXX. It has 65000 miles.
I have a clear title and it is on my name. Why is the price so low? I'm in Glasgow (United Kingdom) with my new work and I cannot register the car here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast(I already made a deposit here to buy me another).
My final price is $4000. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don't waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
Thank you.

P.S. If you are decided to buy it, I can make a private auction just for you on eBay so you can purchase it there. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork, title transfer and an extended warranty. They also are guaranteeing purchases up to 50.000 so we will both be protected.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,
and thanks for the interest shown in my car. First I want to tell you that it is in great condition and never involved in an accident. This car belonged to my brother and he cared for it but unfortunately he died two weeks ago in a bike accident. I have it's clear title, signed and ready for ownership transfer.I have the rights over the car now and I'm selling it since I am not a VW fan. The car is located in Augusta, ME. I offer free delivery to all US states so there's no extra cost. I will have the car truck forwarded to the buyer's home address. If you're interested in buying it, I want to complete this deal via Yahoo AUTOS Finance.It is recommended to use a third party escrow. Due to the low price I expect many replies on my ad; that's why I will sell it to the first person to agree on my price - $5,800 . I am looking for a quick, safe and hussle free transaction. In case you don't know how it works, it is very simple, just ask and I will be glad to help you. You get a 7 days inspection period also. If you're interested, email me your full name and shipping address and we can start from there. Also, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards !
David
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
I'm glad that you're interested in my 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia . Let me tell you all about this car.
This was my brother's car, he died and left me the car in his will, I'm selling so cheap because it brings bad memories, it was registered in US.
The car is street legal and accurate. It has no scratches, no damages, no hidden defects. Kept it in a warm garage. It comes with all the documents needed for registration in US, it has a clear title and it can be registered into your name at any time.
The buy it now price is US $5,800.00 . This buy now price does include the shipping and insurance fees.
Location:
I'm located in Mansfield UK and the car is here as well and so this is where the car will be shipped from ( for local buyers or for cash payments vehicle inspection / pick up is also available at anytime during 10:00AM - 20:00PM ).
Shipping:
I've done some research and the best and fastest way I can ship it is using Hemisphere Cargo Shipping Ltd which takes between 7 to 9 days to arrive at your door and costs (door to door handling and shipping insurance fee included).
The most important thing in all my activity here is that I am affiliated with Yahoo! Finance where I have a purchase protection account for $ 5,000.00.
How will Yahoo! Finance protect your purchase ?
This service allows us to complete this transaction in a manner that is quick and safe for both of us. It acts as a third party between seller and buyer to insure that both parties comply to transaction requirements and provides dispute resolution and mediation between parties. Yahoo! Finance is responsible to insure that both parties comply to transaction requirements.
If this is ok with you please reply with your complete name, address and shipping address in your next email and let me know if you are interested in knowing more details about this purchase so that I can open a transaction case at Yahoo! Finance and move forward with this deal.
Thank you,
Andrew
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