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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Andrea Strauss
GB
2012-12-27 12:38:53
Auction/eBay Scam
Gumtree
+8 Mike Devlin/Preston - car scam - please share your information so that we can compile a detailed case against Barclays
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Preston/Tomaz Nowak
Email Address:
   mike.d7720@gmail.com
Fax:
   02080433500
Mike has scammed over 6 of us so far and is still operating.
Barclays have failed to take action BUT if you can provide some details of your case I will be taking this further - to Barclays, The Financial Ombudsman, Watchdog and if necessary to the Press!

Please advise the dates that you reported the account below to Barclays and if you too have received a \'standard response\' which states that you are entitled to take this to the Ombudsman to resolve (but Barclays will do NOTHING to take this further)

Sort code : 20-29-41
Account number: 63463990
Account holder: Tomaz Nowak

ONLY WITH ALL OF OUR DETAILS PRESENTED COLLECTIVELY WILL WE MAKE PROGRESS ON THIS!

I have consulted legal counsel and am receiving ongoing advice on how to get this matter escalated and resolved so please respond...
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-02-23 15:01:29
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Shannon
Email Address:
   shannona357@gmail.com
I am one of lastest to be scammed!! So called mike was advertising a car on gumtree, he told me that I was unable to view the car due to it being in Scotland. He had recently divorced and moved there. But if I wanted the vehicle he would set up a transaction through eBay into a payment protection scheme.i went ahead and he sent an account number,so I could deposit the monies into a Barcleys account. He ensured me that the money would not be released until I'd inspected the vehicle and gave eBay the go ahead. He then told me the vehicle would be delivered Friday 22nd, of course this did not arrive. I called eBay and they had no recognition of this transaction. SCAMMED!! But this isn't it. This guy has advertised somebody else's car. It is advertised in Scotland by the genuine owner and mike has copied her advert and advertised it on gumtree in Leicester for £3000 less!!

Sally   (Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2013-02-23 14:59:53
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Shannon
Email Address:
   shannona357@gmail.com
I am one of lastest to be scammed!! So called mike was advertising a car on gumtree, he told me that I was unable to view the car due to it being in Scotland. He had recently divorced and moved there. But if I wanted the vehicle he would set up a transaction through eBay into a payment protection scheme.i went ahead and he sent an account number,so I could deposit the monies into a Barcleys account. He ensured me that the money would not be released until I'd inspected the vehicle and gave eBay the go ahead. He then told me the vehicle would be delivered Friday 22nd, of course this did not arrive. I called eBay and they had no recognition of this transaction. SCAMMED!! But this isn't it. This guy has advertised somebody else's car. It is advertised in Scotland by the genuine owner and mike has copied her advert and advertised it on gumtree in Leicester for £3000 less!!

Sally   (Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2013-02-23 14:59:44
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Shannon
Email Address:
   shannona357@gmail.com
I am one of lastest to be scammed!! So called mike was advertising a car on gumtree, he told me that I was unable to view the car due to it being in Scotland. He had recently divorced and moved there. But if I wanted the vehicle he would set up a transaction through eBay into a payment protection scheme.i went ahead and he sent an account number,so I could deposit the monies into a Barcleys account. He ensured me that the money would not be released until I'd inspected the vehicle and gave eBay the go ahead. He then told me the vehicle would be delivered Friday 22nd, of course this did not arrive. I called eBay and they had no recognition of this transaction. SCAMMED!! But this isn't it. This guy has advertised somebody else's car. It is advertised in Scotland by the genuine owner and mike has copied her advert and advertised it on gumtree in Leicester for £3000 less!!

HUGH R SHIELDS   (London, England, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2013-01-13 08:00:23
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Preston/Tomaz Nowak/Adam Michalski
Email Address:
   nowak76uk@hotmail.com
Brokers used autosnetpay.co.uk ukcarpay.co.uk londoncarspay.com englandcartraders.com gbautotraders.com royalcartraders.co.uk ukautotrader.co.uk
This is some other emails I believe he uses nowak78Ahotmail.co.uk paw78@hotmail.com adam78@hotmail.com adam76uk@hotmail.com beetmanchristian@gmail.com micha76@hotmail.com waky77@live.com
Here are some of his many names I believe Matt machalski Adam Michalski Adam Nowak Adam Pawlak Tomaz Nowak Mike Preston
These are some of the Barclays that have been indentified as part of this massive scam Barclays 20-92-63 various accounts Barcays 20-91-79 43958760 S.Giurea Barclays 20-41-41 43438678 MC Martin
Telephone nos linked 07598 903408 07523 613796

HUGH R SHIELDS   (London, England, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2013-01-13 07:57:22
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mike Preston/Tomaz Nowak/Adam Michalski
Email Address:
   abn1968@live.com
I borrowed £7000 from HSBC for the purchase of a car on the 28th Nov. To pay for the car I responded to an email and SMS which I was sure was from GUMTREE recommending an independent broker who would assist in a safe and secure transfer of £7200 for the purchase of a car which was advertised on Gumtree, if it had not come from GUMTREE (as I thought ) I would not have responded. look at their web site that the Gumtree email and SMS directed me to. (www.topcarbrokers.com) even down to company number and pictures of the supposed managers of the company, how many more of your customers will be duped by this scam, how can the organisation be closed down. I transferred the money on Wednesday at around 16:00 from my HSBC Account to a Barclays account no 43438678 sort code 20 14 14 in the name of MC Martin. Top car brokers registered it as received and was awaiting my release, about two hours after transfer I smelled a rat when your advertiser started stalling and changing the agreed rules, I rang HSBC bank and I was told they could do nothing, after three calls they agreed to put a trace on the cash, but that is a dead end. I could only contact Top car brokers via there site email, which I did quite a few times, they eventually sent me a email saying the money would be paid into my account by 09:00 this morning Fri, of course it was not, I suspect it was trying to stall me till they moved the funds from Barclays. After numerous requests Top car brokers gave me a contact phone no 0843 2899471, this is premium rate number that just asks you to hang on for next available operator,( surely as they will be collecting revenue from this number it must be traceable. I reported the fraud to the police and they gave me a crime Ref no, NFRC 121100105236.
The fraudster who advertised the car in Gumtree(and I am sure set up the whole scam) gave his name to me as a ADAM MICHALSKI whos mobile no is 07523613796 (when I googled this no it was already linked to car scams and Gumtree). If HSBC had of taken action with Barclays when I first rang them I am sure the money could have come back, but taking over 24 hours and three phone calls lost me my money. BARCLAYS have facilitated a fraudster opening a bank account, I assume they gave false details when they opened that account, this error on behalf of BARCLAYS has cost me £7200, I believe they shoud repay the money to my account. I am devastated that I let myself be duped, I am a pensioner and cannot repay the loan from HSBC easily, (I was going to sell my car which is worth more than the ghost car and repay the loan) . Now I am faced with repaying £602.00 a month to HSBC.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-01-03 11:17:34
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Adam Michalski
Email Address:
   abn1968@love.com
This is information on my scammer who calls himself Adam Michalski. First is a list of some of the companies he uses as brokers, second some of the e-mail address I am sure are his and lastly some of the names I am sure are his, one of which shares a surname with your scammer. .londoncarspay.com englandcartraders.com gbautotraders.com royalcartraders.co.uk ukautotrader.co.uk topcarbrokers.com
adam76uk@hotmail.com beetmanchristian@gmail.com micha76@hotmail.com
Adam Michalski Adam Nowak Adam Pawlak

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-01-03 11:09:01
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Adam Michalski
Email Address:
   abn1968@live.com
I borrowed £7000 from HSBC for the purchase of a car on the 28th Nov. To pay for the car I responded to an email and SMS which I was sure was from GUMTREE recommending an independent broker who would assist in a safe and secure transfer of £7200 for the purchase of a car which was advertised on Gumtree, if it had not come from GUMTREE (as I thought ) I would not have responded. look at their web site that the Gumtree email and SMS directed me to. (www.topcarbrokers.com) even down to company number and pictures of the supposed managers of the company, how many more of your customers will be duped by this scam, how can the organisation be closed down. I transferred the money on Wednesday at around 16:00 from my HSBC Account to a Barclays account no 43438678 sort code 20 14 14 in the name of MC Martin. Top car brokers registered it as received and was awaiting my release, about two hours after transfer I smelled a rat when your advertiser started stalling and changing the agreed rules, I rang HSBC bank and I was told they could do nothing, after three calls they agreed to put a trace on the cash, but that is a dead end. I could only contact Top car brokers via there site email, which I did quite a few times, they eventually sent me a email saying the money would be paid into my account by 09:00 this morning Fri, of course it was not, I suspect it was trying to stall me till they moved the funds from Barclays. After numerous requests Top car brokers gave me a contact phone no 0843 2899471, this is premium rate number that just asks you to hang on for next available operator,( surely as they will be collecting revenue from this number it must be traceable. I reported the fraud to the police and they gave me a crime Ref no, NFRC 121100105236.
The fraudster who advertised the car in Gumtree(and I am sure set up the whole scam) gave his name to me as a ADAM MICHALSKI whos mobile no is 07523613796 (when I googled this no it was already linked to car scams and Gumtree). If HSBC had of taken action with Barclays when I first rang them I am sure the money could have come back, but taking over 24 hours and three phone calls lost me my money. BARCLAYS have facilitated a fraudster opening a bank account, I assume they gave false details when they opened that account, this error on behalf of BARCLAYS has cost me £7200, I believe they shoud repay the money to my account. I am devastated that I let myself be duped, I am a pensioner and cannot repay the loan from HSBC easily, (I was going to sell my car which is worth more than the ghost car and repay the loan) . Now I am faced with repaying £602.00 a month to HSBC.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2012-12-30 08:30:02
 Scammer
  Information
Scam Website:
   gumtree advert
Mike/Thomas seems to have acquired a couple of Spanish bank accounts or is using mules/accounts set up using false IDs there.
See http://www.scamdex.com/ScamTipReports/7085 and http://www.scamdex.com/ScamTipReports/6699 and http://www.scamdex.com/ScamTipReports/6553
I believe this is the same person or a copy cat.

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