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Old 04 August 2014, 16:02   #21
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I hesitate to offer any more comment on this because we're collectively in danger of laying before the watching world a detailed 'How to Scam' guide.
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Old 04 August 2014, 16:26   #22
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I hesitate to offer any more comment on this because we're collectively in danger of laying before the watching world a detailed 'How to Scam' guide.
true there
but i just dont understand this one most are obvious but appart from the price that seams cheap for the boat i just dont get it

how long has the op been waiting - did they pay ?
how was it paid ?
and what part is a con ?

i have done and still do a fair bit of ebaying and never been conned some have tried but they stand out a mile ?
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Old 04 August 2014, 16:35   #23
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After various correspondence between me and the seller, I paid him a deposit into an account that he said was in Inverness. We then drove upto Inverness to collect on Sunday. After 3 hours of driving around the area where the address is that I was given, and asking all the neighbours who had never heard of the seller, we gave up and came home.

I then called into the local police station this morning and they told me from the sort code that the account was in Swindon! Hence the scam! Very clever and sadly I fell for it. The police and banks involved are looking into it so time will tell!

I'm just pleased I didn't pay the full amount!!
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I've never bought anything that expensive on fleabay. the most I've done is about 1k. I usually offer not to pay the whole amount by paypal to avoid them having fees, but to let them know I'm serious to make a deposit to their paypal account - a depsit would never need to be more than 100 in my view. If I don't turn up to collect I loose 100. Enough to make sure I'm serious, not enough to excite the vendor. Paid via PP to give me protection.

The most common scam seems to be centred around a boat(or other high cost item) that was owned by a husband now deceased, divorced or whatever. That means the wife can only answer easy questions like is it orange! She has moved away to be with the dying grandmother so the boat is not with her, she can't show you it and its usually in an inconvenient place (like Inverness) so it would be hard for most people to go there and see it. As soon as you say you have a man in Inverness who can have a look for you the conversation will come to an end!

However, she can make your life easy. She will get the boat brought to you after you pay her. You have X days to review it and if you aren't 100% satisfied [the imaginary men who brought the imaginary boat] will take it away for full refund. Seems to big up the PayPal Buyer Protection. Not quite sure how they scam round the PP part...?

Once you know this any boat listed the first question you have should be "Can I view it, or can i get a friend who lives near xyz to view it" No cash changes hands till the boat is seen.

Even then there are some on here with horror stories of being sold someone elses boat only to get a knock on the door later from Mr Policeman asking why you towed someone elses boat away...
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Sorry to hear this sunnybrae. I sincerely hope you get your money back.

It's getting to the point that anything we see on private for sale sites has to be treated with a degree of scepticism as to whether the item even exists. Genuine sellers will go out of their way to furnish buyers with as much information as possible. I think you just develop a nose for it. This isn't meant to rub salt into your wounds, rather to warn other potential buyers down the line. There were 12 other bidders on this Ebay item in addition to you.

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The Honda 130 is a lardy lump at 225kg, and could be as old as 1998 to 2004. Often makes an appearance (on Ribtec 655 Camel Trophy ribs) when they come up for sale from time to time. Superseded by BF135 in 2005.

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Whatever. It could have done 2,500-3,000 hours. Only the newer fuel injected BF90, 135, 150, etc, can be checked to confirm exact running hours from ECU to Honda diagnostic kit.

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Sounds like direct 'cut and paste' from dealer ad.

Even if the boat exists, then before handing over cash, whether a deposit or in full, I'd want to see some sort of history... that's pictures, receipts, marine kit, and lots of it. Check the current owners car even has a towbar.

Use Google street view to check out postcode areas before travelling, and get landline number, not just mobile contact number.
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Old 04 August 2014, 17:02   #26
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Caveat Emptor, indeed.

Having said that, I did actually pay a 1k deposit on a boat I hadn't seen (and couldn't collect for three weeks) but it was being sold via RIBnet by a RIBnet member with hundred's of posts on here and we did have a lengthy telephone conversation first, generating a number of independently verifiable pieces of info substantiating much of what he told me on the phone.

At the end of the day, I figured he actually had more to lose than I did so was happy to proceed.
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I think you'll find the original seller here:-

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After various correspondence between me and the seller, I paid him a deposit into an account that he said was in Inverness. We then drove upto Inverness to collect on Sunday. After 3 hours of driving around the area where the address is that I was given, and asking all the neighbours who had never heard of the seller, we gave up and came home.

I then called into the local police station this morning and they told me from the sort code that the account was in Swindon! Hence the scam! Very clever and sadly I fell for it. The police and banks involved are looking into it so time will tell!

I'm just pleased I didn't pay the full amount!!
If the bank, not the police can't help you are probably going to have to chalk this one up to a learning experience. I am bummed for you Hopefully you will soon be showing us photos of your RIB.

Thanks for sharing your experience, and please don't let it get you down. There is lots of great advice on how to not let it happen again, even if you find another one on Ebay. Use Paypal and cash on pickup with legal documents signed and ID showed from the seller. The ID part is important as suggested above someone could sell someone else's boat. I even snapped a photo of the seller, but did it by saying could you pose next to the "vehicle" for my memories. Most auctions are legit, and typically the fake ones are easy to spot. Not so much with this one though.

FWIW I have bought multiple vehicles from ebay and hundreds of items. Even had to fly half way across the USA to pick a Willys up, and drove it the two days back to home. He met us at the airport. I had spoken to him on the phone before bidding though, which built my confidence. We recently bought our Prius C with 6,000 miles on it for a great price, and found it on Ebay. Transaction was a pain due to loans on the sellers part, but it all worked out in the end, and communication was excellent.
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ime assuming the seler has nil feed back then or a newly opened account to wing it through
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