Anne Donovan believes someone may have tried to scam her when she was recently trying to sell her car.
Anne Donovan believes someone may have tried to scam her when she was recently trying to sell her car. Julie-Anne Scott

Woman wises up to email scam

ANNE Donovan knew straight away it was a scam but some unsuspecting people have already lost thousands of dollars in a scam that is targeting people selling used cars.

Anne has a used car for sale at the moment and last week she received an email from a ‘James Badgerow’ wanting to buy her car. He said he couldn’t look at the car because of his location but he would buy it sight unseen and pay through Paypal. He said he would then send a courier to pick the car up.

The scam works by what is called a ‘charge-back’. The person buys an expensive item such as a car and pays through Paypal. The unsuspecting buyer sees the money in their Paypal account and releases the car.

The scammer then calls their credit card company and tells them not to authorise the charge. Once a credit card company refuses a charge, then there will be a dispute that could take years to settle and the seller has no money and no car.

“I advise people out there selling cars to be careful, do lots of checks and if unsure don’t go ahead,” Anne said.

Another local, Peter Coombs, also received emails from the same ‘James Badgerow’. “I reported it to police because I knew right from the very first email it was suspicious,” Peter said.

“I felt like an idiot, I almost fell for it.”

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor said always be wary of very generous offers, remember – if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is a scam. The best thing to do with these offers is ignore them.



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