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Homepage. This page: Scam alert warning. Some low-lifes are pretending to contact people from this site .. please read below.

Details of the latest scams I've heard about.

Update 1st May 2009. I've also been tipped off about a "job offer" that appears on http://www.govjobs.com/search/showjob.asp?jobid=2472. Again, this is a scam, nothing to do with me or this site, probably a cheque cashing scam so avoid it. There's bound to be other similar "job offers" posted by these scamming b*&%$*!s on other job sites, pretending to be someone involved with this site - they are all scams, I am not advertising jobs, promises of great wealth or anything else like this..
Update 30th April 2009. I've had two tip-offs today about an email from a 'Ruth Jones' (sigh) that quotes this site as being the sender, as before IT IS A SCAM, NOTHING TO DO WITH ME OR THIS SITE SO IGNORE IT PLEASE. This is what is being sent out:

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*Ruth says...*
Vintage Classic & Antique Cars in UK.We have a job for you,We are into general shipping, importing and exporting of automobile and motor vehicle parts,We are looking for a representative in the United State of America who will be receiving payment for us,we are willing to pay 10% for every transaction.for review and job activation,Get back to me via Email: oldclassiccar@rediffmail.com so that i can feed you with more information about the jobs.

Ruth Jones

Website: oldclassiccar.co.uk

Update December 2008. I seem to spend half my time lately fending off email scammers, and other undesirables who are 'trying it on'. If you receive offers out of the blue, or perhaps strangely-worded offers to buy anything that you have for sale, treat with extreme caution. And never ever give out private banking details, even if you have, supposedly, won a competition that you never even entered!!!!
Alex in Alabama, USA, contacted me about someone pretending to represent me, as the webmaster of this site. If you receive this email (copied out below), IGNORE IT. I didn't send it, it is just another tiresome prat trying to extract money from you, by pretending to be part of a legit website, namely this one. Anyone who has been online for a time should be able to spot this scamming *&^*##"% at fifty paces, again because it offers $$ for little work, and contains some fairly dismal grammar, but just in case, here it is:
From: Mr Peter Shawn Subject: Good Morning !!!!
To:
Date: Monday, December 1, 2008, 8:59 AM

Vintage Classic & Antique Cars
40, Earls Court Rd
London W8 6EJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44(0)704 578 1183
Fax: +44(0)704 578 1184
Website: www.oldclassiccar.co.uk

BEFORE YOU READ FUTHER, NOTE THAT RESPONSE TO THESE EMAIL SHOULD ONLY BE SENT TO mrpetershawn@aol.com
My name is Peter Shawn and I'm the C.E.O of Vintage Classic & Antique Cars. We have a job offer available for you in response to your initial requesting job search directory is for USA/CANADA only.We based UK.

We are into general shipping, importing and exporting of automobile and motorvehicle parts.We have been receiving orders from NORTHERN AMERICA, which we have not been able to process completely since we do not have a payment receiving personel in these areas, We have decided to recruit payment officers online hence we will be needing a reliable representative to process our payments in these areas, We'd like to offer you additional earnings $2000-$8000 per month..

It's easy and will not take a lot of time. No costs, No Investments,Work Part Time or Full Time . Up to $2000 Part Time and $8000 Full Time.Work from Home with a Business Opportunity that no job could ever offer.Use your own computer to make money and make a CAREER as your own boss. I would like to know if you are interested. Work will consist of receiving payments from our clients in USA and Canada .

All you would be doing is receiving these payments that would come to you via the mail system in your country, have them cashed and remit the rest to me. I would be willing to pay you 10% of whatever payment you process.These payments would come in different forms.

We are always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our products to Americans or Canada; they are always offering to pay with different Modes, which are difficult for us to cash here in the UK. Because of a hold of almost three weeks that would be placed on them before they clears the banks here in the UK. Unfortunately we can't open the bank accounts in all the countries we work with and because of that we seek for a representative/bookkeeper in USA and Canada.

Respond only if you will like to work from home part-time/full time and get paid weekly without leaving or it affecting your present job. (PAY IS GOOD)

MAIN REQUIREMENTS

18 YEARS OR OLDER LEGALLY CAPABLE RESPONSIBLE READY TO WORK 3-4 HOURS PER WEEKS WITH PC KNOWLEDGE EMAIL AND INTERNET EXPERIENCE (MINIMAL) AND PLEASE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY LEGAL, THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE TO FILL A CONTRACT FORM BELOW.

1). FULL NAMES:
2). AGE, GENDER:
3). FULL POSTAL ADDRESS (including, city, state and zipcode): P.O BOXES ARE NOT ALLOWED-
4). TELEPHONE NUMBER:
5).. HOME PHONE:
6). EMAIL ADDRESS:
7) OCCUPATION, Post held
8). BANK NAME (Optional)

Best Regards
Mr Peter Shawn
40, Earls Court Rd
London W8 6EJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44(0)704 578 1183
Fax: +44(0)704 578 1184
Website:www.oldclassiccar.co.uk

Another popular scam doing the rounds.

Please read before accepting offers to buy your vehicle, whether it is genuinely on sale or not, from people emailing you unexpectedly.
I've received a few scam emails recently, from people offering to 'buy' various vehicles from me, even though they are not for sale and never have been.
This is a bogus scam that is doing the rounds on many websites, not just car related.
Example email that I've received in recent days, note the indifferent spelling and punctuation:

Goodday,
Hello sir, greetings from .
I am from U S A and my address is as follows

(US Address given, but probably non-genuine)

let me know if your ( 1956 Thames Steel body pickup ) on the internet for sale is still available.

Moreso, let me know your very last offer,picture, condition of service and other.I am very much keen to purchase this item , so, i will be very happy if you get back to me as fast as possible. l look forward to a fruitfull business relationship from you.
Thanks ,
Don Archgel.

I do not have a truck for sale, so this is a classic example of someone trying it on. If you receive such an email, by all means check it at scamcheck.com (below), and then delete if at all unsure of its legitimacy.
Many of these emails originate from African countries, especially Nigeria. It would seem this is what happens:

The advertiser (or owner) is contacted by someone, often but not exclusively from Nigeria, who state that they wanted to buy their item(s) and send them a fake cashier's cheque.
The crooks send more money than the price of the item, stating that the extra money is to be sent to someone in the US to ship the item to Africa. The amount of money to be used for shipping is close to what the actual shipping cost would be. Once the vehicles owner sends the money to the person who was supposed to do the shipping, they discover that the original cashier check is a fake.
These innocent vehicle owners then lose their own money in this scam. In some cases it can take over three weeks for a bank to realize that a cheque is fake, by which time it can be too late. It is suggested that you contact the issuing bank, and get any verification in writing.
The golden rule here is treat with caution anyone's email that offers to buy your vehicle. Many people are receiving emails for vehicles that are not even for sale, so spotting a scammer is a lot easier in this instance. As with most things, tread warily and if something 'feels' dodgy, it most probably is.
Sadly genuine enquiries about a car for sale may be swept up with the trash emails. There isn't anything that I can do to ward off these idiots, so please treat any such approaches with caution. Many emails for cars that are on sale are genuine, its just a few rotten apples trying to exploit other people. If any approach involves you sending money of your own, or your banking details, for whatever reason (in this case shipping fees), be very very suspicious. A legit buyer should always arrange their own shipping.
You can read more about this kind of thing here:

Scam Victims United

You can vet the email address of potential scammers here:

ScamCheck.com
Scamcheck is an online database where anyone who has received dodgy email approaches can register the emails' details here. You can also do a search to establish whether anyone has already registered the email address you have received contact from, as being a likely scam.
These people are trying to con unsuspecting and innocent people, so its important that the word is spread about this pondlife.

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