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Sorry to post here, but this is important regarding a worldwide scam, targeting among other things, the collector car industry.

Just so everyone knows, they are now hitting this site too. I just got an email from a fastback I have listed on Vintage. If you are not familiar with the scam, beware, as I know of numerous people who have been scammed by this. Read below for the details about this scam (it's from a fellow site DO NOT accept, negotiate, or deal with ANYONE from these areas of the world. Word to the wise!

I work for a collector car dealer, and we get these emails all the time, but other people who don't may not be familiar with these scams, and believe that they actually have a live buyer. YOU DON'T! YOU HAVE A SCAM ARTIST!

From Carsonlines' Website:

Nigerian Scam Alert !!

A con game we call the "Nigerian scam" or "419 scam" has once again reared its evil head. Last year, we had issued warnings for our advertisers not to be taken in by Nigerians posing as buyers.

Evidently someone took a check from an African buyer in payment for his car. The check bounced before the car was scheduled to be picked up for shipment. But your car is not necessarily what the scam is intended to take from you. They're after your cash.

The way it works is like this: the buyer (usually from an African country) sends a check for payment for the car. The check is for too much money, so he asks the owner of the car to cash the check and then send the overpayment back to the African buyer. The African's check is no good. So the sting is that they get you to send the money back before you know if their check has cleared.

In early February 2001, one of our advertisers was contacted by "a Nigerian buyer." The buyer offered to purchase our client's vehicle at the full asking price. The seller was told that a Nigerian buyer would gladly pay the full asking price of $22,000. However there was someone in the U.S. that owed him $31,800. He wanted our advertiser to accept the larger amount and then he said he would trust the seller to send him the rest of the money.

Something about the above offer bothered our advertiser and he forwarded the offer to me. I promptly emailed him back to watch out for any proposal that comes from Nigeria. For the uninitiated, Nigeria is the "scam capitol" of the world. This country has the most corrupt government and the worst reputation for dishonest schemes known today. Many of the scams are implemented with the help of Nigerian immigrants living in Chicago and other parts of the U.S.

If you are contacted by buyers who identify themselves as being from Nigeria, refer to this link:

Please understand that any offer you get from an African buyer should be regarded with a degree of skepticism. Most often, we hear that these scams are being run out of Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone in Africa. Please don't get so excited about selling your car that you fall victim to one of these "criminals." Here at the Cars On Line office we want to make sure that none of our advertisers gets caught in the "pigeon drop." The world is full of real buyers. Don't get suckered in by this scam.
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