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Neil Clark
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Just seen on eBay a stunning 1966 Spitfire ostensibly having 3 bids to £30,100!  But in one of the very few photos it has a Buy It Now price of £6,000.00 and a request only to contact via an email address, sneakily done by putting the message in the photo and which is against Ebay rules.  Very odd, very fishy.  Item number below:

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Not 100% sure that Spitfire is a scam; the guy is a dealer with lots of other cars for sale and over 1300 other items so it's probably the done thing to phone his business and buy for cash, thereby by-passing eBay's cut, which can be substantial.

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THIS one had me a bit bemused, I'd have paid £50 for it. I guarantee you it didn't sell for £15000.

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There's also a TR7 selling locally for almost £19000:

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THAT'S another example of: 'ring me and we'll discuss the real price'.

 

 

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It seems the entire account is dodgy, but whether or not is been hacked - as it says now - or is a 'front' just to generate interest in the cars, is up for debate. All of his cars are selling for between £40000 and £65000 despite being worth around a tenth of that, if even. He's been a member since 2008, though.. long time for a scam.

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Here's one from 2015, but I can't see how anyone would bid for a car being sold by a company that doesn't allow private viewings and will only deliver it sight unseen on receipt of the money. I've bought Triumphs off eBay before now, but not from anyone who refused any other details or declined any kind of communication.

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Maybe not in this case, wouldn't dream of suggesting it, but money laundering via car sales is a possible.  Put a car up that is sourced at one price and get your debtors to bid silly money and pay over the cash to you that they have generated via your nefarious activities and Voilá, the cash is cleanly paid into your legit business.

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I reported the item to EBay and during the reporting process a message came up saying the item was unauthorised by the seller so suggesting the account has been hacked . No doubt the item will be removed in due course . The bid was £40,100 now its dropped to £36,100 

Paul 

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Obviously the seller's account has been hacked.  It happens time and again and Ebay seem unable to stop the scammers.  Even when reported it takes an age for Ebay to remove the dodgy ads and they then pop up again using another sellers account.

It is just like "Wack a Mole"

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  • 4 weeks later...
31 minutes ago, Qu1ckn1ck said:

The "seller" has 2481 ebay adverts for cars, bikes and vans all coming from "Italy".  I bet poor old Marcus doesn't realise that his ebay account has been hacked !

Let's hope Marcus gives them a good talking to. :) 

Tony.

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