Want to buy a campervan.
I have written this guide for information only, I do not buy and sell campervans, this information is not for my benefit but for the benefit of anyone who is thinking of buying a campervan, caravan, motor home, trailer, horse box, farm machinery, construction plant, car or motorbike, and is not aware of this scam.
eBay is a really good place to buy a campervan or any of the vehicles mentioned above as there is always a good selection to choose from, and bargains can still be found if you look for them, but always do your research first, and please be aware that there are people out there who are only to willing to take your money off you so make sure you know who you are giving it to, unless the seller is a known and recognised dealer try not to send money (even a deposit) to people you don't know for a vehicle you have not seen.
Remember the golden rule when buying vehicles, If you cant touch it don't buy it.
This scam often pops up in eBay motors as either an auction or now more likely a classified add at a price that is to good to miss out on, the object is to attract and harvest as many potential victims as they can in the shortest possible time.
After you have placed a bid, does not have to be a winning bid, or made contact with the seller you have registered an interest in the vehicle, the seller will then do all they can to encourage any further communications outside of the eBay message system where they will then tell you how they want you to proceed with the purchase.
Be very suspicious of a seller who asks for your eBay I.D. as they can use that to find your location, there is also another good trick which will give you a clue to the sellers intentions, ask the seller if you can inspect the vehicle first and you will pay in full when you are ready to collect it, the seller at this point will come up with any number of excuses as to why that is not possible, usually they will say it is somewhere they don't have easy access to, maybe with a shipping or storage company, or the vehicle is either, depending on you own location, somewhere in Scotland or Southern Europe at the moment but you can either pay the full amount or a large deposit into a Secure Paypal Holding Account, an eBay Safe Harbour, a Special eBay Escrow Service, Google Safe Deal, or a Direct bank transfer, and the remainder when the vehicle is collected by yourself or delivered to your home
At this point you should now be walking away from the transaction, this is not going to end well for a buyer if they continue.
Please remember that there is no eBay/PayPal buyer protection for any vehicles in eBay Motors, and there is no such thing as a Secure eBay/Paypal holding Account, Google Safe Deal, Safe Harbour or a Special eBay Escrow service, and as with a Direct Bank Transfer once any money has been paid into any of these accounts it has gone and won't be coming back, the vehicle will never appear, most of the time there is no vehicle at all or it was just a picture lifted from somewhere on the internet, or from someone else’s old or current eBay advert and placed onto some completely innocent eBayer’s account.
If you are suspicious of an add in eBay you can report it to eBay Customer Support.