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  1. #1
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    Default Is this a scam

    Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum and am in need of some advice please. I've been looking to purchase a newish Ford fiesta and have finally found one that's not quite 4 years old and in my price range and its only done 12000 miles. The price is soooo good it's almost too good to be true if I'm honest (approx 1800 less than I'd expect it to be).
    I've already carried out an HPI check and it's clear - I've not actually seen the car yet but I've been sent several photos and it looks immaculate inside and out!! I contacted the seller who has advised that she has taken a job in Germany recently and is there at the moment. She says she bought the car in feb, then got the job abroad so signed a contract with a car transport company called Ace uk holdco ltd and they currently have the car, keys and paperwork in their warehouse in Northumberland and will deal with the sale etc and can deliver the car to me for no extra cost (she has paid for delivery of the car anywhere in the uk). I've not yet contacted them but I've searched the web for reviews and can find absolutely nothing except various listings in company search directories. They are listed at companies house. Their web address is
    http://intermediateservices.co.uk/index.html

    I know there are scams out there whereby the buyer gives the intermediary money for the car then the car never turns up!! I have no intention of handing over any money without having the car and keys in my hand.

    I was thinking of getting the RAC to do a full inspection on the basis that if the car doesn't actually exist (the photos could have been any random car) then Ace Uk holdco ltd will fob off the RAC so the appointment is never kept. That's my theory anyway!!

    So, has anyone ever heard of Ace UK Holdco Ltd?? It just all seems a bit odd. The car is being sold for approx 1800 less than all other models of same year which I'm also suspicious about. If it is legit then I'll happily buy it but I need to be sure this is a real deal.

    Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.

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    This may or may not be relevant but the site was only created in June of 2013
    http://www.nominet.org.uk/whois/look...services.co.uk

    If you google the name of the person who registered it, "Ulf Taupach" there is a warning in German not to transfer money to a person of that name, along with some details. http://www.auktionshilfe.info/thread_7719p1 - if it's the same bank details, then might be best avoided.

    Also note the reference to "Federal Express" on this page - http://intermediateservices.co.uk/tracking.html - looks like the text is a cut and paste job from somewhere and they didn't change some text.

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    Thank you so much Mike. I think that this confirms that it is a scam then. I will phone anyway - out of curiosity but i wont follow up on it. I'll have to start my search for a car again now!! I thought it was too good to be true.

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    You should pass the info on to Action Fraud.

    http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

  5. #5
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    Have you done a check on the car to see if it is stolen or was in an accident or something

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