Trolling A Scammer Who Tried To Sell Me A Classic Mustang

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Over on the Classifieds section of the Classic Nation website I often see cars that look solid and are being offered at a reasonable price. Every now and then I see some really great deals on project cars. But – it’s rare to stumble on something that looks like a finished car at a project car price. Here is what I saw:

1967 Ford Mustang
Shelby Mustang 1967
Mustang Shelby - Interior
Mustang Engine 1967
The posting for this car listed some details about the car. $5,000 was the asking price.
I knew the $5K price had to either be a typo, or a scammer. So – I sent an email to the person who listed the car. I had done this once before when, on a popular class car classified website, I saw a $12,000 ’65 Cobra for sale and sent an email. The response I got about the Cobra clearly indicated it was a scammer. For this Mustang, I already expected this to be the case.
This is an unedited email thread between myself and the person who listed this car:
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Always be cautious when purchasing items from private parties online and do your research. Hopefully you never have to deal with a scammer like this. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please, please, PLEASE mess with them (and hopefully they become better people because of it).

 

23 Comments

  • Anthony says:

    This is a really great example of what to watch for when making large purchases, like cars, online. The old saying holds true, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Hopefully this person learned, however, in many cases they simply find someone else to take advantage of. Thanks for getting the word out!

  • adam hood says:

    Wow that was Really funny. That was a Great way to troll a scammer. I really hate them.

  • Steve Vigus says:

    This was hilarious. Thanks for sharing the full text. I went through this a few years ago and it really pissed me off. My only recourse was waste a bunch of the scammer’s time. Fortunately you were not one of the stupid suckers who fall for these.

  • sophia says:

    Yep. I’m familiar with these scams. I don’t think there has been any other type of online scam that pissed me off more than these types. I seem to remember a friend telling me a story about getting revenge on them by sending them a package with bodily fluids. Back to the main topic though… has anyone dealt with a place in New Braunfels called A&E Classic Cars? I’m in San Clemente, CA. and thinking of driving down there to buy this beauty http://aeclassiccars.com/for-s

  • Classic Nation says:

    Good catch, James. We are removing that post. Please let us know if you see anything else suspicious on the site.

  • James says:

    You can add one more to the list: http://www.classicnation.com/c… Sent email saying I would like to look at the car and if it was as good in person as the pics, I would buy it on the spot. Received email back stating that the car was already with a shipper and I could not preview. The conditions of the sale would be I pay the shipper and they would deliver the car and I would have 3-30 days to inspect and test the car before funds were released to the buyer. If I was not happy, the shipper would refund my money. Sounded good to me, but upon contact with the shipper they would only take a bank transaction – even though their web site listed VISA and other credit cards. This sounded suspicious to me, so I investigated the shipper further. Discovered their web servers were located in Berlin, Germany and had only been on line for 10 days 19 hours. Fed this info back to the seller who indicated that the shipper was a sub of a larger company which he dealt with. Investigated the “larger company” only to find that there was no information available other than their web site. The spooky part was that the shipper started communicating with me directly. At one point they indicated they were listed with the BBB – I couldn’t find them there and informed them. From that point the communications became more weird. Apparently the seller had a direct line to the shipping company because I was getting feedback from both on Sunday when the shipping company was closed. In the end I informed the buyer I would be contacting the authorities to report it as a scam, at which point he threatened to sue me. This may not be a scam, but I would certainly not provide any information to these people with bank information.

  • Scott Taylor says:

    Good job catching him out, Evan.

    As for the car, what a shame it wasn’t really $5000, beautiful classic.

  • Niki Mosier says:

    Jerks! yeah always be weary when buying something from someone not local. If I HAVE to have something shipped I use an auto transport company that I choose- not the seller (http://nicksuatotransport.com) is my favorite. ALways have good luck with them. Good luck- good job realizing he was a scammer- what a jerk.

  • Stephan Kirsch says:

    Yeah, the bad English is always a dead giveaway.

  • Charlene Tiffany says:

    Matthew I did that with my scam stuff and they could do nothing, the email was not a real set up, there was no person they could trace….it was quite a mess….

  • George Larocca says:

    saw a guy buy a charger from canada frim e bat paid 12k the pictuers were of the car whe he finaly receive the car on the us border he couldn’t beleave what he just bought a pure rust bucket the pictures were 10 years old cost him another 10 grand to ge the car back in shape.

  • Charlene Tiffany says:

    Evan- went thru the same thing with a thunderbird, same company to deal with, same thing no phone contact and the person was in the military in Greece….I even got the money out of the bank to send and my nephew said NO that does not sound right, you need to see the car first. I retired from an airline so I fly for free, No could not see it, it was already to ship, same as yours, someone else was gong to purchase and did not. What a scam…..really upsets me…..well glad we both came out ahead on the deal and did not loose any money.

  • Matthew Gaudet says:

    Evan, You should contact the FBI.GOV, Internet Fraud Department. Send all his info & statments and report this dirt bag!

  • Robert Nesnay says:

    SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME I SAW A BEAUIFUL HARLEY DAVIDSON, I COULD TELL THE PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN.LONG ISLAND , THIS BIKE WAS WORTH AT LEAST 20,000 SHE WANTED ONLY 6,000 SHE TOLD ME HER HUBBY DIED.AND SHES DOES NOT WANT TO SEE THE BIKE NO MORE. I TOLD HER ILL BUY IT , SHE SAID THE BIKE WAS SHIPPEDTO GREECE, SHE WANTED ME TO WIRE HER CASH. HELL NO! VERY VERY OLD SAYING IF ITS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE 99.9%.ITS A SCAM , THERE ARE MANY SCAMMERS OUT THERE, MOST SCAMMERS SEND E=MAIL FROM NIGERIA IF YOU EVEN SEE THE WORD NIGERIA ITS A SCAM.

  • Dawn Bailey says:

    Wow, I read the whole thread. I knew you knew from the start, I’m kind of surprised they didn’t pick up on that fact…Thanks for posting this. It’s a shame it wasn’t for real what a nice car…

  • Stephanie J. Bissonnette says:

    If I want something, I get it (here) in the USA and that’s it. My Mustang, My Motorcycle, NEVER will I do business on the internet or with anyone outside the USA when it comes to things like that.

  • Laura Marchetti says:

    Almost happened to me with a 1969 Dodge Charger for about $8000.00, this was like back in 2006. Nice looking car, nice price, and the same run around that went on. Ebay actually busted them right when I was going back and forth with the person, sent us an email saying that it was scammer and had deactivated their account.

  • BigSid Savoy says:

    Good job Evan.

  • Lance Carter says:

    67 GT500 clone…

  • Nate Mylott says:

    Why don’t the scammers hire somebody who speaks English to pose as an American? Do they really think their English is that good?

  • David Wayne Webb says:

    my gf found a nice house for rent in our area and it was the same kind of scam. They wanted you to send the money and they would mail you the keys because they were out of the country. Who in their right mind sends money for anything without seeing it firsthand. I’m not talking about buyi9ng something from a sears catalog :P we all do that.

  • Stephanie J. Bissonnette says:

    WOW…Can you believe it…I believe it. This crap needs to stop. (Twice) I’ve received two fraudulent checks in the mail from people in Nigeria trying to get me to wire them money while I was in the midst of looking for a job. Never answer to any adds on Craigslist asking for a (Personal Assistant). But wow. good for you. This one takes the cake…

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