Hello Chaps, I don't know if this has already been covered but I would just like to pass on a word of warning,
I am currently looking to purchase a P5b and there were three advertised on ebay recently at quite low prices, The ads were / are vague with just one picture and a notice saying don't contact me I'm an agent contact the owner direct with an email address, The ads then disappeared then later appeared again so out of curiosity I contacted one and was replied to by a Dean Mitchell who said that he lived in Spain and the car was in Shetland at his wives address. He did provide a good description and several photos, I almost took the bait but last night I googled his name and the result came back that Dean Mitchell was the chairman of the Shetland Classic motorcycle club and there was a phone number which I rang this morning and spoke to his wife or ex wife, She told me that Dean wasn't selling any Rovers and he was scamming people so I'm awfully glad that I did a bit of research and wanted to pass this information on, Meanwhile my search continues, Regards and seasons greetings to all, Keith Wallwork.
It's a scam been going on about a year now keep reappearing under different seller names E/bay removes them straight away before they even get reported, was a thread on here somewhere when it first started, if you click on [see other items] you'll see all other makes of cars boats and motorcycles sometimes tools usually over 500 items, the sellers name who have been hijacked also inform e/bay.
I have noticed similar adverts on fleabay for a while now. Are they the ones who show a battered P5 wreck for breaking, asking you to ask what you seek? If I remember they say something like you are bidding for a wheel nut or similar?
Never reply to an ebay ad that gives you an email address to send it to. Not because many are an attempt (like the wheel nut ads) to bypass ebays system and sell you stuff without the seller having to pay ebays fees but because the scam variety (which nearly always use an untraceable gmail or virginmedia address) are designed to harness details of your ebay account. The so called 'sellers' are able to post by cloning the accounts of people who reply to them. Another ebay scam is the seller who arranges to meet the buyer half way "it will save you driving so far mate" this happened to a friend who bought a caravan and met the owner at a service station. He realised before I got five miles down the road that 1. The caravan chassis was distorted and the brakes were US, 2 That it was so full of damp in the insulation that it weighed loads more than it should and 3. That he probably had been given a false address (he had). The scammers have also now moved onto facebook market place. Classic cars listed as dealership sales,but all with a virginmedia email address. Using the search shows dozens of adverts for the same car all over the country,
In my last worthwhile occupation before retirement I was a bank customer service Advisor and I saw many frauds being operated. The one that stands out in my mind was of the Seller of a mobile home who was offered a bank draft in payment. Seller gave the keys to the prospective buyer who took the vehicle on a test run and the the bank draft was a not-too-clever botched replica and the mobile was never seen again. Police couldn't file theft charges and the Seller gave the Buyer the keys!
All back on today [e/bay] will be removed by tomorrow for awhile, it's nearly three years since I first spotted them, they will come on on xmas eve thinking nobody there to remove them so has a run all over xmas that's my guess, I can't think how or why after three years e/bay can't prevent it.
For those of us who use ebay a lot then maybe we should all just join forces and log on there and do a report to ebay regarding these ads so they remove them or just message the scammer and say we know its a scam " BOG OFF "
All taken off now, e/bay quick this time on then off within one hour, I did click on the [report item] to all the Rovers and three Wolseley's along with one Riley, they will be back tomorrow under different seller name for weekend, I'll hit the [report item] again.
I mentioned in second post he advertised other items, the cars Rover Riley Wolseley have been on three times since xmas and taken off next day, reason for this post is I have just come across this [see link from retired police officer] I have seen these items along with boats etc when you click on other items for sale, in link this chap is asking for more people to report, I can't see it making any difference as its been going on two years, I can't see how he still gets through e/bay with same items under different names. Link www.airgunbbs.com/showthread.php?877075-Auction-site-users-I-need-a-favour I would think a lot more reports will be added to post in link.
Hi re the Rover Advert, 6 years ago I wanted a Rover P5B I checked one or two places and then settled here on the forum, I simply asked if anyone had a P5B for sale, not expecting a reply. This approach paid off as not only did I find the car I wanted but I also got three other offers from Rover club members. It's a much better way of buying a car I think. Good luck with your search