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Is This A Potential Con? Advise Me!

rickyrooo1

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Hi guys,as i posted a while ago the defender is on ebay for sale,i've just had a phone call off a guy in sri lanka saying he wants to export it and it just dont seem legit??
he has offered me a deposit to remove it off e bay and will send a cousin in the uk with the cash to take it away....
he states he don't wanna see it as my pics and description are fine and he will break it down in sri lanka and convert it from a hard top 110 to a station wagon,stating that the law allows import of "vans" but not station wagons.....do you smell a fish or if it's true as long as i meet his cousin in a very public place with a big mate and take the cash to the bank while he is with me would it be ok???:rolleyes:
 
Hard to know isn't it ... firstly, I owuldn't take it off Ebay in exchange for a deposit. If he wants it that badly his cousin can get to you before the auction ends.

Then as you suggest, large mate, straight to bank with cash, once the cash is in the bank I can't see what further problems there could be ... unless I'm missing something of course :rolleyes:

One thing that does seem a bit fishy, not sure how much your landy is going for, but I thought in Sri Lanka they picked up old vans etc much cheaper than you pay for landies. I used to drive for a Sri Lankan guy who exported vans to Sri Lanka, and they were wrecks - ex post office J4s, Sherpas, Bedford Beagles, Commas etc - which they bought up dirt cheap by our standards, but then they had the skills over there to do them up and use them on the plantations :dunno: So, why he would need to spend lots on a landy, I don't know ...
 
his cousin has just rang me now and offered to pay £500 deposit on e-bay via pay pal,he will then bring the rest of the money on monday and collect on a trailer..i told him i am dubious he seemed to understand my thoughts and said shall i just press buy it now so you have e-bay cover...i told him if i do the deal i would want to meet in a very public place he said ok.the landy is on e-bay for £8500 search for 110 hard top td5 county 2002
is mine....maybe i'm an old cynic but i just don't trust some people with things...
 
If you have a buy it now option he should do just that ... sounds reasonable, though I don't think Ebay or paypal will cover you for anything like £8.5k ...
 
his cousin has just rang me now and offered to pay £500 deposit on e-bay via pay pal,he will then bring the rest of the money on monday and collect on a trailer..i told him i am dubious he seemed to understand my thoughts and said shall i just press buy it now so you have e-bay cover...i told him if i do the deal i would want to meet in a very public place he said ok.the landy is on e-bay for £8500 search for 110 hard top td5 county 2002
is mine....maybe i'm an old cynic but i just don't trust some people with things...

He could just be trying to get your address so he knows where to come and steal it?

Arrange the viewing in public place as suggested but don't let him see address on V5 until you've got the cash. As he could say sorry changed my mind good bye. Then turn up with a couple of mates at 3.00am.
 
his cousin has just rang me now and offered to pay £500 deposit on e-bay via pay pal,he will then bring the rest of the money on monday and collect on a trailer..i told him i am dubious he seemed to understand my thoughts and said shall i just press buy it now so you have e-bay cover...i told him if i do the deal i would want to meet in a very public place he said ok.the landy is on e-bay for £8500 search for 110 hard top td5 county 2002
is mine....maybe i'm an old cynic but i just don't trust some people with things...


would you be dubious if someone phoned you and said they'd pay a deposit to secure the vehicle and will come and give you the outstanding cash when they pick up the vehicle? is it just the oversesas thing that worries you?
i would have thought that as long as you were paid GBP and signed the vehicle over to someone with a UK adresss, you would be fine.
if you have real concerns, pop into your local nick and ask them about it. i've heard that they take such things very seriously, and know most of the scams.
 
I thought I had read of a similar situation...must have been on another forum (oops:eek: ) In that particular instance it was a scam. Sorry I don't remember the detail though, and don't want to deter you if it is genuine. K
 
it could be the overseas thing yes and sorry if i sound racialist but yes he and his cousin sound foreign so it may be that.as for finding it and stealing it well that could happen when i go to tesco so im not fussed - it's fully comp.i have text his cousin and told him if the deal is going to be done he needs to put a deposit in my account by tonight and i will remove it off e-bay,he will then take me to the bank with the money and we will pay it in before he gets the keys/v5 if i lose the deal because of this because he isn't a con man then it's my tough luck i guess - but if i get no reply then it seems i was right.
 
you're not sounding racist,just cautious, and there's nothing wrong with that. it seems like you're being pretty sensible about everything and although it's difficult not to think everyone's 'at it', he may be honest and just want the vehicle.
like you've said, if he wants to steal the vehicle then he could just as easily follow you home from tesco or happen to drive past any other house with a landrover on the driveway.
meet somewhere away from home, take a friend and a camera. wait in another car away from yours and check the guy out when he arrives before going over to him.
then again, would you buy a car from someone who wanted cash and did the deal in tesco's car park?
it's a minfield. good luck.
 
meet somewhere away from home, take a friend and a camera. wait in another car away from yours and check the guy out when he arrives before going over to him.
then again, would you buy a car from someone who wanted cash and did the deal in tesco's car park?
it's a minfield. good luck.

I would never buy a vehicle in a public place (or even if it was delivered to my address) I would always want to buy from the sellers address and check that address on the registration.
I burnt my fingers this way some years ago - vehicle was leased and the seller had left the address on the reg document. Got my money back eventually but after much hassle. If this guy buys the truck from you in Tesco carpark or wherever perhaps he's a bit too keen. I can't see the scam though.
 
he has just text me back (off a different phone) claiming his battery is flat..says now there is no need to give him my bank details for a deposit.... if the car is still available after the auction ends he will come with cash so we "don't need to worry about e-bay..." does anyone else smell cod.......:eek:
 
:eek: DON'T GIVE HIM YOUR BANK DETAILS!!! THAT'S THE NIGERIA SCAM, YOU WILL HAND OVER THE TRUCK THEN THE MONEY WILL BE SUCKED BACK OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT ... CASH CASH CASH ,,,,
 
it's ok when they have sort code and account number, i asked the bank that a while ago...it's when they need more than that its a scam i belive
 
No, don't give them any bank info, and don't even take a cheque or bankers draft from them. It can show up as cleared into your account, then once they have the truck, the cheque doesn't clear. I can't remember exactly how it works, but that is the essence of the Nigeria scam and it does happen. Cash cash cash ...

To be honest it sounds like your cautious approach has already scared them off :)
 
well he hasnt replied to my text of an hour ago so it does seem funny.... i'll keep you all posted....me cautious? nah but you can't kid a kidder lol;)
 
Whether its a scam or not, its definitely hassle.

I would tell him to get bent......

If your trucks priced well, it will sell without any Sri Lankans getting involved....
 
No, don't give them any bank info, and don't even take a cheque or bankers draft from them. It can show up as cleared into your account, then once they have the truck, the cheque doesn't clear. I can't remember exactly how it works, but that is the essence of the Nigeria scam and it does happen. Cash cash cash ...

To be honest it sounds like your cautious approach has already scared them off :)

International cheque / banker's draft can take 6 weeks to clear - by then your truck is a mass of spare parts heading to different parts of the globe... :eek:

Cheers,
 
Rickyroo, I sold a Mini on E-bay several years ago to the states. The guy paid with Paypal (I checked it was in my account) and then e-mailed to say his mate would call. Turns out the yank was ex-USAF and fell in love with Minis and liked mine. I picked his mate up from Leicester station and he collected the car.

A nice smooth transaction.

I thought it was dodgy at first until the buyer paid with Paypal. I'd insist this guy does the same before you give him any inclination of your address.
 
Payal is no grantee. If it is found to come from a hijacked account paypal with pull the funds from your account, even if you have cleared the funds into your bank. For large transactions on eBay, i would only accept cash.
 
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