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  • Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 11.16.2011
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[email protected]

I was about to pay this scammer but thought of reading around the internet. I am shocked that I nearly lost my money. Please read below my correspondence with him:
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From: Ben Carey
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:40:50 0000
To: me
Subject: RE: Merc E -Class £5, 500

Hello there,

I am glad to hear that you are interested to buy my 2010 MERCEDES-BENZ E220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE 4dr Tip Auto Diesel. Although I am registered in the UK,i recently moved to Cadiz, Spain (where my family is from) and the car is being shipped from here. I want to sell it in UK due to the fact that it's an UK version (right handed),it meets all UK standards.I bought this car from UK and It still has UK registration, so you won't have to pay any import and insurance fees.The car meets all United Kingdom guidelines so there will be no problem regarding UK Customs policy on receiving the car.The car is in perfect condition, the bodywork is immaculate,no scratches, dents or hidden defects as well as the interior in excellent non-smoking condition , never been implied in any accident and it is as advertised. The car comes with log book, HPI cleared, No finance. You will get from me the keys and all documents to register the car in you name.If the car is not how i described it, i will offer a full refund. It will be insured during transportation and will be delivered at your address in maximum 10 days. Final price is GBP 5,500 (the price includes shipping and insurance fees).The price is low because the car is right hand drive in a country where all cars are left hand drive so in the Spain is very difficult to drive this type of vehicle and nobody wants to buy it here in Spain.Instead of keeping it in garage (during this economical crisis), I decided to sell it to someone back in the UK for a really attractive price.

I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate,the deal will be manage by a very well company,in this way both buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.
Let me know if you need any further details or if you would like to buy my car.

Thank you!

Subject: Re: Merc E -Class £5, 500
To: [email protected]
From: me
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:42:30 0000


Thank you for replying. Yes I'm very much interested in buying your car.

I will need to speak to my bank for the money, as you would understand. I ask you to take my interest seriously. I'm an accountant by profession.

In the meantime let's do whatever we can to make the deal happen. I will do the best I can to get finance on my side.

Let's keep in touch.

Best regards


Sent from my BlackBerry

Hello again,

Due to the fact that i am located outside UK and we can not deal in person,i`ve contacted Yahoo Finance regarding this issue and they told me that they could offer to me a program that is created especially for international transactions that protects both of us. They agreed to supervise this deal.
You will send the funds to Yahoo Finance and they will keep the money until you receive the vehicle and test it.In this way both buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. They will hold and insure your money until receipt of the car in good condition. That is how their service is working. As far as the seller concerns, i will be glad to know that Yahoo Finance is in possession of the funds during the delivery period.
You will be given a 15 days inspection period from the day you receive the car at home( i will ship it to your address insured for full value to you ).
If you decide to keep the car, then you will have to authorize Yahoo Finance to release the funds to me, and the transaction is complete.If the vehicle is not as described ( perfect interior,exterior,mechanical condition ), you will be able to send the vehicle back through the same shipping company ( return postage at my expense ), and ask Yahoo Finance to return the money to you.

If you want to check the car here are the reg details #:

# Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) KY60KKG
# VIN (chassis number) WDD2120022A342841
# V5 Registration Document serial number BR9574925
# V5 Registration Document issue date 22-Oct-2010

If you want to read more about Yahoo Finance service please visit :

If you want to get more info about their terms and condition please contact Yahoo Finance at: [email protected]

If you wish to purchase it and agree to these terms i will need you to provide your full name and address. I will then notify Yahoo Finance and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

I will be waiting for your reply as soon as possible

Thank You!!

The following is from Yahoo Finance:

Congratulations! You are approved to buy on Yahoo and Autotrader from Ben Carey the following vehicle:

Ad title: 2010 MERCEDES-BENZ E220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE 4dr Tip Auto Diesel
Insurance: Included
Shipping & Handling: GBP 0.00
Immediate payment: GBP 5,500 [PENDING]

Sale Date: November 15, 2011

Payment details: Please follow this Yahoo Finance invoice to complete the Checkout

Seller Information:

Full Name Ben Carey
Calle Sagasta 77
Cadiz, 11007
Location Spain
Status Approved

Buyer Information
Full Name Mr Me xxx Birmingham
Location United Kingdom
Status Approved

Yahoo Finance confirms that you are fully protected in the transaction with Ben Carey.The Yahoo Finance covers buyers who complete a transaction on Autotrader and Yahoo Finance for the following types of deliberate and material misrepresentation by the seller:

Paying for a vehicle and never receiving it.
Sending a deposit for a vehicle and never receiving it.
Paying for and receiving a vehicle:

that was a stolen vehicle at the time of the transaction
with an undisclosed or unknown lien against its title
a make and/or model that is different than what was described in the seller`s listing
without receiving the title (restrictions apply)
whose title is subject to an undisclosed salvage, rebuilt, reconstructed, scrapped/destroyed, junk, lemon, or water damage title brand
that has different specifications than the ones at the moment of agreement
whose odometer reading is different than the odometer reading described by the seller
The Seller will have to start the shipping process and provide the Buyer with relevant information ( ie. tracking number ) in at most 48 hours from our payment confirmation.The shipping process should not take more than 30 days.Upon receipt of the vehicle the Buyer will have 15 days at his disposal to perform all necessary tests.After the test period is over the Buyer will have to contact Yahoo Finance with his agreement on purchasing or rejecting the vehicle.

Upon receipt of Buyer's funds, and clearance of same, Yahoo Finance will notify Seller to ship the vehicle. Seller agrees to ship the vehicle, insured for full value to Buyer. Buyer and Seller agree to choose a shipping method that utilizes online tracking information. Seller shall ship the vehicle to Buyer based upon information provided by the Buyer. The Buyer Inspection Period (15 days) shall commence upon the first to occur of either: (1) Buyer's acknowledgement of receipt of vehicle; or (2) the Yahoo Finance receipt of verification of delivery to the Buyer's profile information via the shipper's or registrar's tracking services. The Buyer Inspection Period shall be calculated in full calendar days, 15 days as stipulated in Instructions and Deposit of Funds into Yahoo Finance.In the event the Seller has not shipped the goods within 48 hours of notification by Yahoo Finance (through its email) of Buyer's payment of immediately available funds, Buyer may request a return of funds,and Yahoo Finance will do so after notifying both parties.Unless the parties agree otherwise, Seller is responsible for any duties, customs fees or other charges resulting from an international transaction, which shall be included in the purchase price.

During the Buyer Inspection Period, Buyer shall either: (1)Accept the vehicle, and follow all further instructions accordingly to complete acceptance of the vehicle.Yahoo Finance will pay the Seller the purchase price , less any payment for expedite fees ; or (2) Reject the vehicle and follow any further instructions to complete the rejection of the vehicle. Yahoo Finance will then begin the process of disbursing the funds at Close of Transaction.

During the Buyer Inspection Period, Buyer may reject for any reason and following all other instructions to properly reject the vehicle. Upon such rejection, Yahoo Finance will send Seller an email stating Buyer's decision to reject and return the vehicle; and Buyer agrees to promptly ship goods to Seller within ten (10) calendar days of formal rejection and insure, at Seller's expense, the item(s) to the place designated by the Seller in the Seller's profile.

Should you need a refund for this transaction, it will be sent to your bank account, or by check or money order. The way you are refunded is at your choice. You have 60 days from the above verification date to request a refund. Refund requests are processed within 3 days.

Payment Instructions:
Yahoo Finance guarantees the customers full safety for their transaction by collecting, holding and disputing funds according to Buyer and Seller instructions.To enjoy the purchase protection, you must submit payment by Bank Transfer (Priority Service) to the following Yahoo Representative bank account.Sending payment by any other method of payment or directly to the seller will void this transaction and your right to refund.

Due to the high amount to be paid and in order to avoid description errors we assigned a representative from Spain to this transaction.Our Yahoo Representative physically inspects the vehicle, insures and holds the funds until you receive,test and agree to keep it.

How to send the payment:

Send the payment by Bank Transfer (Priority Service) using the following Yahoo Representative account details :

Representative Account Name : GABOR ATILLA
Representative Address : Calle Rosario Pino 18
Representative City : Marbella
Representative Zip Code : 29600
Representative Country : Spain
Beneficiary Bank Name : SABADELL ATLANTICO
Beneficiary Bank IBAN : ES09 00817460690001993501
Beneficiary Bank Account Number : 00817460690001993501
Beneficiary Bank Swift Code : BSABESBB
Beneficiary Bank Address : Avda Ricardo Soriano, 9
Beneficiary Bank City : Marbella
Beneficiary Bank Zip Code : 29600
Beneficiary Bank Country : Spain

How to complete and confirm payment :

1. The payment must be sent by bank transfer to the bank account of our Yahoo Representative.
2. After payment is complete send us the receipt from your bank by FAX or by e-mail.
3. E-mail us the serial numbers of the payment receipt document.
4.Fax the payment receipt to our fax number: ( 44) 208 711 2466

*** Once the bank transfer cleared and our Yahoo Representative confirms payment, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will hold the funds until you send us your confirmation that you are satisfied with the product you received. As soon as we receive your confirmation we will release payment to the seller.

This morning, when the scammer wrote to enquire if I have received the mail from Yahoo Finance, i told him its a scam and the deal is off. I have reported it to Autotrader who have replied to me and are progressing it.

Hope this helps someone. Bye now.

Thank You for reading of this Complaint / Review.
Complaint author: Anonymous

Country: USA
State: All USA

Category: Miscellaneous

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