To good to be true!

If it looks too good to be true, it is!

If you have a classic car, it is not very likely it will be stolen. A classic car is very easy to recognize and remember driving down the street. And when a thief is trying to sell your classic car, it is a very big risk that somebody will recognize it.

So instead the crooks have moved inside the cyber world. When you put your car up for sale these days, you receive many strange e-mails and text messages on your phone.

Most of them are very easy to detect since they simply ask some very stupid questions. The first one being if the car is still for sale even though your advertisement was posted 3 min ago! Then it could be you get a text message to write an e-mail to somebody claiming to be very interested in your car.

If you suspect that you have received a scam e-mail when advertising a car for sale just delete it and forget about it. You do not want to intimidate this kind of people.

A few years back I had a Bentley R-Type for sale and a man said he wanted to buy it. He sent me a check and told me to send the car. I took the check to the bank and asked them to ensure me it was authentic. They said yes, we can cash the check, but it could take up to 3 weeks until we are 100% sure.

The buyer wanted me to send the car since I now have cashed his check and the money was on my account. But two weeks later the bank called and said this was a stolen check! The buyer wanted his money back and he was furious and threatened me and my family in many e-mails. I have since received several checks but always just send them back and tell the customer we do not accept checks as a payment.

When you buy a car you should always make sure you get a proper receipt from the seller.

A friend of mine was standing at a show in Italy having one of his cars for sale when a man walked up and claimed it was his car he was trying to sell and that it had been stolen from his house some time ago. The police came and confiscated the car and my friend had to go home to get all documents proving the he had imported this car from America and he was the rightful owner of the car. It was a costly battle in court for him to get his car back.

Use your common sense when searching for the classic car of your dreams on the internet. And when something seems too good to be true. It usually is!

The advertisment above from Blocket says that his gradfather has passed away and he is now selling the his car a 1949 VW Beetle. He says the car was valued to about 600€! I cannot think of any drivable car from 1949 that you can buy for this money and certainly not a VW looking anything like the one on the picture. Interestingly, if you do a google picture search for VW 1949, you will find this very same picture in the first row.

Email from a trusted source

Sometimes I get an e-mail from the website where I advertised a car stating that they have overcharged my credit card and I should click the attached link to claim my refund. Please understand that Microsoft, your bank, eBay will NOT send you an e-mail like this. It just a way to get to your credit card information. 

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