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Basil Stephens
Wandsworth, Wandsworth, United Kingdom
2012-12-08 05:21:45
Auction/eBay Scam
Car sale scam on Gumtree. 
Mike Preston
Email Address:
Car Ad on Gumtree.
No phone number so had to send email via Gumtree to seller.
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On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Gumtree Mail wrote:

You have a reply

Dear Mason,
You have received a reply to your ad: \"2009 AUDI A4 AVANT S LINE TDI EXECUTIVE BRILLIANT METALLIC BLACK\" posted in Used Audi for sale in Waller Lane, Caterham, Surrey.
From: Basil Stephens
I am potentially interested. Can you send a phone number so we can talk
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I replied sending my mobile.

I received a text from \"gumtreesms\" asking me to email the seller direct on

Which I did.

Received following reply.

Hi Basil,

Thank you for your email. This 2009 AUDI A4 AVANT S LINE TDI EXECUTIVE is currently located in Invernes because I just finished the divorce with my wife and I have moved here. My car is in perfect condition, very well maintained with no issues.
I\'m asking £6000 for a fast sale + £100 for delivery. Due to my job (working on a oil rig) pick up is not possible but we can use eBay\'s services. Using their services you have 3 days to inspect the car before paying me and I\'ll be sure that I have a genuine buyer who won\'t mess me around. You\'ll get the chance to inspect the car, test it and everything you like while your money are safely held in eBay\'s account. ONLY after you confirm with eBay that you agree to keep the car, they\'ll release the money to me. In case you don\'t like the car you get a full refund.
Email me back with your delivery address so i can register the transaction and eBay will send you all the info regarding payment and delivery.


I felt this looked like a scam so typed his email address and \"scam\" into google and found the Scamdex report.

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