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    2nd hand car scam

    Just a quick heads up for anyone thinking of buying a second hand car to be careful of a scam that happened to my brother recently.
    Basically someone auctioned a 2nd hand vehicle on ebay and my brother won it.
    He Hpi checked it and it seemed ok.
    He went to collect it from a seemingly "legitimate" seller who had a premesis and paid cash.
    Basically the seller said he didn't keep the log book on site for security reasons etc
    The seller said he would post the v5 green slip to my brother.
    My brother paid and drove the vehicle home.
    1 week later the v5 hadn't arrived so my brother started chasing it up.
    Basically the seller didn't own any of the vehicles on his forecourt and had hired them all!!!!!
    My brother had bought a hired car! He is one of many!
    He has just lost the car and the police and ebay are investigating.
    can't believe it!

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    Thanks for the heads up. Good to know.

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    Let's hope they get what they deserve

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    Thanks for the info hopefully others see this.
    However as well as receiving the green slip he would need to have completed the main part of the V5 with his details and signed this as well, the seller then sends this part to the DVLA. Would advise anyone not to buy a car without seeing the logbook (V5) it's asking for trouble.

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    I would also be wanting to see proof of residence at a location, if it was a private residence. Ask for a bill and or his driving license. People will understand and generally don't mind.
    if at a dealer I would again be sniffing for clues that he has been there a while.

    It is so easy to be scammed and you have to keep your wits about you. Sorry To hear about your brother being duped.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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