RAC warns 'buyers beware' - Watch out for used vehicle payment scams in Auto Trader
25 Jun 2014 at 10:15
Criminals will try anything to get their hands on your cash and the used car market is an easy target for unscrupulous operators.
The latest scam to beset unsuspecting buyers are bogus websites offering a secure deposit and payment system for private car purchases.
Even the RAC has been the target of criminals who have used the RAC’s trusted brand name to set up such a website.
An RAC spokesman said: “We act swiftly to close these down but they are targeting other motoring and financial brands and will apparently stop at nothing in an effort to fraudulently obtain money from used car buyers and sellers. It is vital you maintain your vigilance and report anything you think is suspicious to the police or Trading Standards.”
“The best advice is not to trust someone purporting to be a go-between between you and a vehicle seller. Ask yourself the question why would I need this service?
“Deposits can be paid in cash, cheque or a balance transfer direct to the seller’s bank account giving you a clear record of payment. And, when you purchase or sell a car privately be sure to get a receipt detailing exactly what you are purchasing. This should include the vehicle registration, make, model, colour, the price and any deposit, the date and the name and contact details of both the seller and buyer.”
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