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Scam / scum

I’ve been looking for a 997 daily. Particularly if it’s a 4s for the Minnesota winters.

I came across an advert in Kansas on Craig’s. It was then listed on a ‘cool cars for sale in Kansas’ website, that I don’t think is connected in any way.

Contacted the seller and had some made up story about being a pilot and selling his car through Edmunds as he has a virgin Atlantic job in London.

This is the original response to the advert - different email address from the advert...

Hi, Porsche is still available for $31,500. It has 14,640 miles, clean title, no accidents and no money owing on it, and I recently had it inspected, you can see the History Report and the Inspection Report attached to this email.
I am a pilot and I just got a very good contract with Virgin Atlantic in London and I need the money for an advance on a house, that's why I am in a hurry to sell it.
I have left the car there with a broker, with all the paperwork (title signed by me, keys, service records, etc) so they can handle everything for me. I have empowered them to transfer registration on my behalf, arrange inspection etc.

Let me know if you are interested so I can put you in contact with them and here is a link with more pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3pzMPVvKfn7Ri56EA


Regards,
Joseph Edward Koch

Price had dropped from $40k to $31.5k. I better get there in a hurry....
Amazingly there were inspection reports and car fax reports attached.

This was the second scam letter:

I have the car now at Edmunds Autos in Houston, TX, with the title, signed by me, keys and all the docs, and I have empowered them to transfer ownership on my behalf. You can go there, inspect it and than pick it up yourself Mon to Fri from 9 to 5 CDT.
If you do not have that possibility you can also do it online and have it shipped to you. You will make payment to them, they will secure your payment and ship the vehicle (all shipping charges will be covered by me). You will receive it, inspect it for 3 days and if you accept it, they will pay me and transfer the title to your name, if not, they will pick it up from you and refund your full payment. To go ahead you will need to set up a transaction trough Edmunds on their website: https://www.edmunds.com.en-usa.online/?buy/ using my reference number (MPYABEC33C).

You can see detailed description and both the Autocheck and Inspection Report on my Edmunds listing: https://www.edmunds.com.en-usa.online/cars-for-sale/MPYABEC33C.php?/en-us/?referrer=WP0AB29967S730375

Address: 5833 Westview Dr Ste A, Houston, TX 77055
Phone: (281) 509-9846
Toll Free: 1-800-514-6392

Regards,
Joseph Edward Koch
+44 7441 908326

Obviously Edmunds don’t consign cars and the seller with many ‘airline references in their email address’ couldn’t answer and Pilot or questions about England (interestingly I’m originally from there...)

Normally I would just put this down to pond scum and move on. However, checking the place out on google in Huston TX it seems a similar scam is going on for a Lotus Evora.

Hopefully, posting this will open our communities eyes to this type of scam as well as being searchable on the net.

If you are in doubt, this is Edmunds comment on it:

https://help.edmunds.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006027527-Ongoing-scam-Edmunds-escrow-fraud

This was one of the many email addresses used...
airbus.a380@virginatlanticeuropean.com
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