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Author Topic: Scam warning - Flaminia Convertible - vitangeinvest  (Read 1910 times)
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« on: 22 February, 2016, 10:49:49 AM »

There's a Flaminia Convertible being advertised online at the moment for 32k Euros. Its looks like a very nice unrestored car - needing restoration but not rusty and pretty complete.
http://ww3.autoscout24.fr/classified/284858168

I responded to the ad and received this email from the 'seller':

​  On 21 February 2016 at 09:22, Vitange Invest <vitangeinvest@gmail.com> wrote:

  Hi
  The Lancia is on way from USA and will be in Europe in Spain in two weeks where i have a work shop
  www.vintage-invest.com
  I send you some pictures to see the condition of car
  The price is 33,200 including customs taxes
  Will come with US title
  In case you want to buy we can make a notary contract and i give my Iban account for a down payment
  In this way the car will be reserved only for you and i will remove from internet
  Please leave me your number to call you or call me on this number
  +34677236983
  I talk spanish and english
  Thanks
  Julian

  --
  Vintage Invest

  Calle C, 4,36315 Vigo
  Pontevedra, Spain

  Tel: +34677236983

  http://www.vintage-invest.com
  Mail: vitangeinvest@gmail.com


The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed the misspelling of Vintage as 'Vitange' in the seller's email address.

The request for a deposit could be reasonable but what's to stop 'Julian' taking multiple deposits? Does he actually have the car, or just the photos? The price is temptingly low without being completely ridiculous...

I searched google for Vitangeingest@gmail.com and found two scam warnings, one from Feb this year and one from August 2015:
http://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=112056
http://facto24.de/2010/05/08/warnung-vor-email-adressen-die-bei-betrug-mit-autokauf-verwendet-werden/

The chassis number for the car is, supposedly, 824152160. I wonder where the car actually is and who owns it!

Be careful out there... and remember, if it looks to good to be true, it probably is.


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« Reply #1 on: 22 February, 2016, 11:13:47 AM »

Well spotted Will,  you can never be too careful

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« Reply #2 on: 22 February, 2016, 12:31:05 PM »

Well done, I've just added to the topic heading to make it easier to find and change the icon to an alert.
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« Reply #3 on: 22 February, 2016, 05:55:51 PM »

Thank you William.
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