Beware this scam!

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Beware this scam!

Post by Daveperc » Fri May 11, 2018 1:49 pm

This is just a heads up to those buying or selling one of our precious machines. This scam is alive and well - and I got caught - you can read my story at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=128759

The scam was highlighted in the Sun newspaper in 2016 - see https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2045078/m ... ed-faulty/

There's more on PH at https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/top ... &t=1675777

Stay safe people - I didn't and it cost me about £3500 :boohoo:

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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by Shoppinit » Fri May 11, 2018 3:42 pm

Thanks for posting this, Dave.
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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by Eddie555 » Fri May 11, 2018 3:45 pm

Top man for taking it well and sharing with everyone.
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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by RS5 Owner » Sun May 13, 2018 1:50 pm

Thanks for sharing and alerting everyone. :thumbs:
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Gone : 2007 B7 RS4 (loved this car :kissmyrings: )

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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by cfcdoc » Fri May 18, 2018 11:12 am

Ok please for the engineeringly challenged readers of this forum( i include myself ) , what exactly did they do that ensured they were able to convince you the head gasket had gone when it hadn’t ? I am about to sell my c63 and wanted to know if a pair of burly gentleman turns up and one wants a tour of the house whilst his mechanic mate fiddles under the bonnet , what exactly it is that they would be doing to get the puffs of smoke. I ask this simply as reading the PistonHeads thread there seems to be some
Conflicting opinion as to whether pouring oil into the coolant system would cause those symptoms ..
She may be big and heavy but its whats on the inside that counts.....

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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by norman1979 » Fri May 18, 2018 12:36 pm

They put some oil in the coolant - probably had some oil in a coke bottle. This is usually done when they are "looking under the bonnet"

They also put some oil or possible coolant on the inside of the exhausts. Its likely they did this before the seller came out of their house to welcome them. Usually they come abit early and do this.

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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by chunky79 » Fri May 18, 2018 1:42 pm

I'd be tempted to ask a friend to be with you when having a "buyer" look at the car. Keep paperwork close to you so you don't have to leave them alone with the car. If you haven't got cctv, get some fake cameras put up in clear view, my stop them.
Also, if you haven't had issues with the car and it suddenly shows symptoms and they still want to buy it, question it.
What happened to MrPerc could have easily happened to any of us.
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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by RS5 Owner » Fri May 18, 2018 10:13 pm

chunky79 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:42 pm
I'd be tempted to ask a friend to be with you when having a "buyer" look at the car.
I think ideally you would have at least as many people with you as they have with them so you can man mark them.
Current : 2018 F5 RS5
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Gone : 2007 B7 RS4 (loved this car :kissmyrings: )

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Re: Beware this scam!

Post by chunky79 » Sat May 19, 2018 1:57 am

RS4 Owner wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 10:13 pm
chunky79 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:42 pm
I'd be tempted to ask a friend to be with you when having a "buyer" look at the car.
I think ideally you would have at least as many people with you as they have with them so you can man mark them.
You just need another person to keep an eye on the car. It's really tough selling a car privately these days. You can try and weed out who you don't want to view the car via the phone calls, but there are also a lot of genuine folk out there.
previous- 205 gti, 306 gti, 309 gtiGoodwood, S3, S4 V8 avant.
Now- C5 RS6 Misano red avant. Getting close to how I want it.

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there!

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