I am looking at this 99 F355 GTS I found on cars.com. He wants $57k for the car but he is in Rome. Below is the email exchange between us. My gut is telling me it is a scam but would like to get people's thoughts. Thanks, Theo ----------------------------------------------------------- 1st email.... Hi, Thanks for your interest. First of all I must inform you that I'm currently in Rome, Italy and also that the F355 is here with me and it is in a perfect condition. If you are really interested we can work something out... I can ship out the car to you or something like that. What do you say? Now, to tell you something about the car. The car's history is very simple. I am the first and only owner of this car, which was custom ordered around September 1998, and delivered in February 1999. Copy of the original sticker available. Approximately 1000 miles ago, the following servicing was performed at Ferrari of Orange County: New F1 transmission seals New clutch New pressure plate New catalytic converters New motor mounts I have copies of service receips available if you want I can email them to you. I've moved this year to Italy and this car has to go. The price that I ask is $57000 non negotiable. I have a clear title which you will receive with the car. It can be registered into your name, so stay cool about this. The car is US street legal, does not need any conversion and it meets all DOT and EPA regulations. You can check the VIN (ZFFXR42A7X0114882) on http://www.carfax.com/ When I brought the Ferrari in Rome, I tried to register it, but I found that the import and register taxes are very high. I was very dissapointed, because I love this car and I would keep it for me and now I am forced to sell it. I can't sell it here in Italy or in Europe, because it is US street legal. You can see this, if you will check the VIN. The car was registered in US before. This is the reason that I want to sell the car in USA because european people do not like it prepared this way. The other offers that I have are also from the US. Regards, Doug. ------------------------------------------------------------ 2nd email...... Hi Theo, The F355 is still available. The last service was done on Jan 2004.The 30K was not performed yet, you'll have to take care of it , I know that it will cost you arround 5K. The car was never involved in an accident, and has never been raced. I have to tell you that I have other serious offers that I have to consider and I will make a decision regarding this sale function of time of payment and price. As you already know, the price I hope to obtain is $57000 (this price does NOT include shipping and insurance, shipping via Lufthansa Air Cargo will cost you an extra $2500) and if you agree with this price we can start to complete the transaction. The payment must be done using a money transfer service. I prefer money transfer (wired cash) because in this way I will ship the car in the same day you make the payment. I know that the best deals are closed when the risk involved is minimum. You will arrange payment through Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com/). In case you want me to ship you the car right now you have to make me a payment of $5000 (and after you receive and inspect the car you have to send me the rest of the money). The inspection period is 5 days. (Once again, the balance is expected after the 5 day inspection period by certified check) I have something SAFE for you because I want you to be sure that you will receive the car and I hope we will collaborate in the future. Look at what I can do for you: - you will make the $5000 transfer to my location but not to my name (you will use your best friends name for example as receiver's name) so you can be sure that I will not pick up the money until you get the car; so you make a deposit at Western Union and you will give me the transfers details (SENDER'S NAME AND ADDRESS, RECEIVER'S NAME, MTCN) so I can check that the deposit was made. After I verify it, I will send you the car immediately. - only after you will receive the car and check it if it's OK, you will have to change the receiver's name of the transfer to my name so I can collect the 5K. So until you will have the car in your hands the money will be deposited on your best friend's name at Western Union Agency. I think it is better to not inform Western Union that you will change the receivers name in a few days because it is possible they ask you to pay the fees twice (fees that are quite big for such an amount),also when you go to a Western Union office to make the transfer,please don't tell them the reason you send the money because here in this country I must pay some additional taxes when I receive the funds. Please say you send the money to your friends or to your partner. It's like your friend/partner is in Italy and you want to send him this amount of money! I will be happy if you can trust me and make the transfer directly to my name but because it is our first deal I've proposed you this very safe and efficient method so you can only deposit the money first and after you get the car I'll be allowed to cash it. On the other hand, I will take you as a serious and possible buyer (this way I will loose all the nonpaying buyers that I occur everyday) and arrange a further deal but in this case you have to come in person to the car´s location to see the car and take it back with you or you can send a friend or agent that lives near by to inspect the car and pay the rest of the money. If you agree with this method you can transfer $1000 from your home: https://netsage.finali.com/netsage?customer=wu&iid=wu-mt&content=https%3A%2F%2Fwumt.westernunion.com%2Fasp%2FmtReceiver.asp Or you can transfer the payment using your credit card via phone calling 1-800-CALL-CASH service of Western Union that is a free of charge phone number and is available 24 hours a day. After you've completed the transfer you will receive a confirmation that will allow me to track the transfer. Here are the details that I need: - sender's name and address; - receiver's; - exact amount wired; - MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) (10 digits) - if it is possible a scanned copy of the receipt format .JPEG for me to add to the files. As soon as the payment will be confirmed and the money properly sent,I will IMMEDIATELY proceed with shipping if you've sent me $5000 or I will hold the car for you if you've deposited $1000. In case you've paid the money I will ship the car via Lufthansa Airplane Cargo insured and it will take 72 hours until you will have it at your door step. The amounts of payment are fully refundable if for any reason you do not accept the car or if the car has scratches, hidden defects, or it is not as advertised. I will even pay for the shipping back to my location if you reject the car but since it is a state of the art and works and looks perfectly I think it won't get to this. Here is my name and address you need for the Western Union transfer: My details: First name: DOUGLAS Last name: HAYASHI City: Rome Country: Italy address: Via Piave, 61 Zip Code: 00187 If you agree with these terms, let me know and I will be more than glad to start to complete the transaction with you. Thank you and I hope that you will have the pleasure to drive this car. I am waiting your answer ASAP Thank you and kindly regards! Doug.