Philip Raby Porsche

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Porsche buying scam

Porsche buying scam

I received an enquiry for a Porsche I am selling and soon realised it was a scam, but played along to see how it was done. Rather clever and I’m sure some people would fall for it, so be warned. Here is our email exchange:
What is the final price for the car ?

Me: Hi KalyanThank you for your enquiry. I’m getting a lot of interest in the car, but would be happy to consider a sensible offer. Would you like to view the car?

OK.Thanksfor the swift reply. I might not be able to arrange for a meeting for a testdrive because of my tight schedule and location at the moment. But the truth isI’m getting the car for my son for his birthday. Hence, trusting you on yourassessment of the car (condition and performance) I intend to transfer the saidamount to you, via pay pal ?ll be sending transportcharges along (to be collected by the transport company agent).Sendme your pay pal email address( if you don’t have? PayPal account yet, itis very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.co.ukand get it set up.

Me: Great. Use this email. Once you’ve paid £31,995 into my account, you can arrange collection.

(Actually, my PayPal account isn’t linked to that email address!) I then received an email which appeared to be from PayPal:

 

PayPal  logo

Hello


This email confirms that you have received an Instant payment of
£33,000.00 GBP from Kaylan Lucas (kaylanlucas@yahoo.com) via PayPal MERCHANDISE Payment Service. 


 

Reversals : This method of payment can not be reversed. 

 

Status : Pending – Transport Company Awaiting Payment.

View the “NOTE” of this pending transaction below

Payment Details
Merchandise Amount: £32,000.00 GBP

Transport Charges:


Taxes and Insurance:
 

Total:


£1,000.00 GBP


——-


£33,000.00 GBP 

 

Transaction: 4WR6072127779652U 

 

Quantity:

 

MERCHANDISE Title: PORSCHE 911

This was followed by another:

 

https://www.paypal.com/us

Dear

You have received a PayPal Payment of £33,000.00 GBP from Kaylan Lucas (kaylanlucas@yahoo.com).

 

We’ve placed a temporary hold on the funds of this transaction 

 

As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account which included the Transport/Delivery Charges (Courier Exchange Logistics).

In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We advice you go to nearest Western Union Office, and send the excess sum of £1,000.00 GBP to the Transport Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt (in .JPG Format).

NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.

Please, find below the name and address of the Transport Agent where the Funds would be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.

Click Here Locate Nearest Western Union Office


Transport Company: ” Elite Shipping Company “
Address:
Name:Akintayo Akinkunmi Kayode
Address:No 1 Ring Road
City: Ibadan
State:Oyo
Country:Nigeria
Postal Code: 23402
Address Status: Confirmed https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=p/pop/confirmed_address
 

 

https://www.paypal.com/us/mrb/pal=KZAL42RVE3MQS
Your Account will be credited accordingly upon the receipt of details requested. Should either be sent in JPG format or send type details as:

 

(1) Sender’s Name;
(2) Receiver’s Name;

(3) MTCN;

(4) Amount Sent;
(5) Western Union Receipt

And then another from my new friend Kaylan:

Hello,
I just want to inform you that i have just completed the payment and
i hope you must have been notified in your email about the payment i
made through PayPal, you can check your e-mail for confirmation of
payment, I have just make the payment of £33,000.,i have decided to add
the amount of £1,000 which i paid through PayPal, So please i will like
you to help me wire the sum of £1,000 online to my agent via western
union so he can be able to come for the pick up and also PayPal said
they won’t release the funds until they get the western Union
formation from you due to the fact that i emailed them about the
excess payment i made.i will need you to send the £1,000 to my pick up
agent Headquarters where they normally confirm any commission payment
to via western union money transfer(this can be done from the post
office,or online at www.westernunion.com) as they usually have a
western union agent there) Here is my pick up agent Headquarter info
needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer

Name: Akintayo Akinkunmi Kayode
Address:No 1 Ring Road
City: Ibadan
State:Oyo
Country:Nigeria
Postal Code: 23402

Please kindly email the necessary details to PayPal :the MTCN which
you will be given at the western union after the £1,000 has been sent as
well as the sender’s name and address used to send the money through

‘Paypal’ then got in touch again:

PayPal  logo

Dear

We are contacting you regarding your Transaction with Kaylan Lucas. We are still waiting to receive the necessary Western Union Information from you, and you are required to send the Western Unioninformation to us immediately .

You are required to send to us the Western Union Information Stated Below for Verification:

(1) Sender’s Name;
(2) Receiver’s Name;

(3) MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number);
(4) Amount Sent;
(5) Western Union Receipt.
(6)Question & Answer

So you are now MANDATED to go ahead with  the transfer of £1,000.00 GBP immediately,And once you get back to us with the western union details required your account shall be credited accordingly,and we shall be waiting to receive the Western Union Information from you as soon as possible. You can contact us if you have any question(s).

Sincerely,

A. Williams,
The PayPal Team.

Next came an email from a shipping company. I’m pleased to see I’m a Valued Seller:

 

Dear Valued Seller,


I’m Mr.Akinkunmi from Elite Shipping Company, we are here to inform you that Mr Kaylan Lucas has been in touch with us that we have to come and pick up the vehicle he  paid for.
Kindly give us your contact details now so that we can come to your home and pick up the vehicle he paid for, And we are informed that you need to transfer the sum of £1,000.00 GBP to us via Western Union Money Transfer which you will send the information to PayPal for them to credit your account because PayPal will alert us that information is with them for us to start coming for picking up the vehicle at your location.
When we pick up the vehicle at your location then you can now give us the information at your location, kindly transfer the fund to us via our address at:

Name:Akintayo Akinkunmi Kayode
Address:No 1 Ring Road
City: Ibadan
State:Oyo
Country:Nigeria
Postal Code: 23402

 

Here is the information you need to send to PayPal: 

Senders Names and Address
Amount Transfer
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)
Question & Answer
Scan Receipt

We will serve you right…

Get back to us at  : pickuparrangement@post.com

Thank you for using us.
Elite Shipping Company.

 

 

 

I actually know of this company, so I emailed them to see if they were aware of this scam, and they replied to say they were but could do little about it.

The persistent A Williams of PayPal then emailed again:

PayPal  logo

Dear

We are contacting you regarding your Transaction with Kaylan Lucas. We are still waiting to receive the necessary Western Union Information from you, and you are required to send the Western Unioninformation to us immediately .

You are required to send to us the Western Union Information Stated Below for Verification:

(1) Sender’s Name;
(2) Receiver’s Name;

(3) MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number);
(4) Amount Sent;
(5) Western Union Receipt.
(6)Question & Answer

So you are now MANDATED to go ahead with  the transfer of £1,000.00 GBP immediately,And once you get back to us with the western union details required your account shall be credited accordingly,and we shall be waiting to receive the Western Union Information from you as soon as possible. You can contact us if you have any question(s).

Sincerely,

A. Williams,
The PayPal Team.

And that’s as far as it’s gone to date. Sadly, Mr Lucas’s son is going to be going without his birthday present! It does, though, show that you have to be very careful when selling a car (or anything else). It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to spot a scam.

 

Comments

  • Jack Lindsay says:

    Had exactly the same thing on selling my wifes car. Was suspicious when there was no haggling or looking at the car for her son.Received email that money was paid into paypal.Confirmed by paypal and told to pay £300 immediately to Elite shipping. I had already contacted paypal and obviously no money had been paid in.Paypal email was bogus.Received another email demanding to know where the Elite money was.Sent them an email saying that the car was parked at my place of work HENDON POLICE STATION car park.The collector should go in and ask for Sgt Gray of the fraud squad,who was waiting for him. HAVEN’T HEARD SINCE

  • Christy Gartrell says:

    I have just had exactly the same thing trying to sell my grandparents leather lounge! only I just recevied and email advising legal action will be taken if I dont send $1050 to the transport company lucky I thought there was something dodgy about this email geeezzz got to keep on your toes!

  • Graziella Morino says:

    It happened exactly to us when we had a boat for sale. Only the name and address of the agent differs. Be aware it is 100% scam.

  • Aaron says:

    This just about had me the same thing nearly word for word thank god you started this page thank you very much

  • Aaron says:

    oh and one more thing how do i report this to the real pay pal

  • becky harrison says:

    thank god for seeing this! exactly the same thing happened to me just now, thought it was too good to be true. i advertised on autotrader too.

  • Tony Norris says:

    I can confirm all the above is correct. I am currently supposed to be sending £500 to a Mr Smith-Todds in Canada who wants to purchase my car for his son. (Oh Yeah ???) All emails look genuine, but I have emailed the Royal Bank of Canada who are supposed to be holding the funds for the sale of the car for me. Suspicion arose mainly due to the senders email addres from RBC which is a gmail.com address. Seems very unlikely in a large corporation to me.

  • Richard johnson says:

    I had a car on Ebay and I suspect the same thing is happening to me.

  • Ishmael Masangudza says:

    I had a car on Ebay and I suspect the same thing is happening to me. Now im being threatened with legal action and to be arrested for fraud.

    Here is the email that just came telling me what is going to happen to me:

    We are contacting you in regard of the payment between you and the buyer of your item “Lorrel James” we want you to know that all your information has been sent to us so PayPal as noticed that you are trying to commit Fraud and also it has been Confirmed by your buyer,now we are informing you that if you don’t get the money transferred out today and notify us back with the confirm scanned receipt, you we be track down to your house address that is with us now and also you we be arrested by our corps,don’t forget that after we make you refund the buyer money you we also go to jail.

    If you have any complain kindly get back to us immediately.

    As soon as you send the details, to PayPal they will verify the transfer and They will send out the fully information needed to cash your money to you immediately.

    Agent’s Info: – Confirmed

    Name: Olaolu Scott
    Address: 156,ring road
    City: Ibadan,
    State:Oyo,
    Zip code:23402.
    Country: Nigeria.

    Please send the details to PayPal and all inquiries to PayPal at :
    MoneyTransferOnline@fastservice.com

    Please Note that we shall assume that any seller that received the fully Money Transfer notification from is PayPal account and intends not to send out the buyer’s Pick up Charges or do not comply with us is a fraud so now you have been reporting to us Metro Politan Police that you are into Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) which works hand in hand with the Federal Bureau of Investigation .

    In order to abstain yourself from this type of embarrassment, we urge that you to go out and make the Transfer of the shipping agent done today and contact PayPal with the MTCN money transfer details.

    As soon as they are true with the transfer of the money, you will receive another email from PayPal which enclosed with all the proper information you need to cash your money.

    As soon as they are through with the Money Transfer Details, you will receive another email from PayPal which enclosed with all the proper information you need to cash your money.
    Thank you for using pay pal® Money Transfer. We Look Forward Serving Your Money Transfer More Better In The Nearest Future Time.

  • Phil says:

    Best ignore it – the fraud is all theirs!

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