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    Default Selling in Autotrader

    I have listed my car for sale in Autotrader (DD has returned to the UK and no longer needs it). Within hours of it being listed I had an enquiry The following day I had another one. As I began communicating with these 'buyers' it became apparent that they did not live in NZ and they both wanted to pay the full asking price without seeing the car. They both stated that their 'agent or shipping company' would arrange collection of the car. The numbers they gave were UK mobile numbers. I have just had another email from one of them telling me that he will be sending a bankers draft for the full amount and that he will be footing the costs of shipping but the shipping fees will be included in the payment he sends me. All he asks is that once the payemnt clears I pay the shippers. This sounds a bit fishy to me. I have got back to him and said that I am not willing to pay a third party. Has anyone had experience of this before - is this a con? Should I trust them?
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    hm that sounds strange ... Are they aware that the car is in NZ?
    You might be selling it way too cheap? Put up the price haha
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    Default Uh oh!

    Car shipping scam. There's a lot of it about worldwide with different types of scam and you can see another instance in the yellow box further down on here..

    You could well be right to be cautious. I didn't like the sound of 'both' as the likelihood of having 2 punters with more or less the same requirements was odd, not to mention the weirdness of having a car shipped to the UK when they could more easily and cheaply buy there.

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    I knew it was a scam as I had people trying similar thing when I advertised items on ebay in the UK. It just really annoys me that the innocent person just wants to sell an item in good faith and is hit by these bogus scammers. There must be a way of reporting them!!
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    Sorry nicky, but even if they actually stole your car it would take ages to get through our beautiful systems :( not much you can do unfortunately!

    But try selling your car on trademe! :)))
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