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There is a growing car shipping scam on the internet which has been targeting sellers of cars, boats, motorbikes and other single high value items, even horses!

Car Transport Scam: The hook

Fraudsters copy aspects of reputable transport sites and are advising potential victims that they would buy their vehicle and ship it via their approved shippers, pointing the victim to this so called shipping site which they had published themselves.

Once the seller is "hooked" the fraudster then sends a cheque to the seller for the cost of the vehicle and, very kindly, includes in this payment the costs for shipping the vehicle.

Car Shipping Scam: The Con

Say the car is being sold for £ 4000.00 and the shipping costs are £1000.00, you, the seller, get a nice little cheque for £5000.00 which you duly bank. The bank may even advise you that the funds are in your account, cleared  and safe.

Car Shipping Scam: The Sting

Within a few days you will be asked to send a slice of this money to the shipping agent in order to pay for the shipping costs of £1000.00. You are requested to send this money by Western Union or Moneygram which you do as you have been paid. This transfer is untraceable and cashed immediately. Meanwhile your bank tells you 10 days later that the original cheque has bounced and promptly takes the money out of your account.Car transport scams

You have been conned for £1000 or dollars, yen, euros whatever, this scam is worldwide. Never send money by western union, legitimate companies have bank accounts. Bank accounts are traceable.

Latest Scam Warning: Criminal gangs target car buyers through online car traders and auction sites.

Beware of individuals or websites offering to sell you a car below market price. These scammers advertise great deals on car trading websites and will ask you to send money before they ship your car. They will tell you the car is with their shipping agent and point you to a website which claims to securely hold your cash while they ship the car to you. They will even direct you to what looks like a reputable car shipping website or money escrow site, but one they have simply copied from the web and changed the contact numbers to their partners in crime.

Copying a website is a very simple cut and paste job and some of these criminal websites can look very, very convincing. However, they are simply copies of genuine websites with the contact details changed. Phone numbers listed are to untraceable mobiles and emails sent to you via bulk email accounts. If an email comes simply from an email account or an internet service provider be very suspicious.

Genuine companies will email you through their website, example: is good, is a con. Always check your email headers by looking at the properties of the email sender. Tip: simply right click any email address, look at properties and you can usually see exactly where the email has come from.

This is now big business and easy money for fraudsters. It has also been the subject of a BBC investigation.

Don't get caught! Be cautious of overcomplicated transactions involving shipping agents, business partners, middle men and so on, all designed to leave you seriously out of pocket, and the crooks with your cash.

As with all online transactions please check the credentials of who are you are dealing with. If it sounds to good to be true, then it normally is. Please also be aware that anyone can just copy and paste a website, change a few contact details and they are in business. Always check out the website URL and contact the real site owners if you are suspicious.

If you receive an email from someone check that the email is coming from a reputable website. If it is coming from just an email account and not a genuine company be very, very suspicious.

If you get that itchy feeling in the back of your neck and say Hmmmm. Then walk away.

10 Car Delivery Tips

  • 1. Make sure you know about all personal belongings and luggage in the cars for security reasons. Our company and / or carrier will be totally irresponsible for any items and luggage left in the transported vehicles.
  • 2. Make sure that you - the owner, or any person chosen by the owner, are on site to sign the necessary documentation and provide us with the car keys.
  • 3. Please check your car for damage, the driver will also check it before it is loaded.
  • 4. If you are out of the reach of trucks or in central areas, please keep in mind that we reserve the right to deliver or pick up the vehicle from a suitable location near you, such as a petrol station or truck parking lot. Under normal circumstances, we will call you 12-24 hours before the truck is in place. Sometimes you have to move the car to the truck.
  • 5. Your vehicle must be in motion, otherwise additional charges and methods of loading and unloading may apply.
  • 6. You must warn us if your vehicle has been modified in any way, such as raised jeeps, campers, lowered cars ...
  • 7. In car transporting, with a big lorry vehicle carrier, the height is more important than length.
  • 8. The lowest part of the transported cars must be at least 10 cm from the ground so that they can be loaded and unloaded without any problems.
  • 9. We must have your working phone number where we can find you throughout the relocation of your car.
  • 10. Be patient, international transport is not an easy task, unforeseen situations can arise at any time, which can lead to delays and changes in dates. We will always try to keep you informed.

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