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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by JSL, Feb 17, 2004.
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Hard to say on this one. It has a few suspicious things, including the price.
Somewhere on eBay someone has posted a checklist of indicators for a scam on a high-value item. Typically these include:
1) Price too good to be true
2) Feedback which doesn't match the item. For instance, if someone sells Beanie Babies and suddenlty has a Harley Davidson or Ferrari listed, it may be a sign of a hijacked eBay account. (In this case the sellers seems to have sold very little on eBay -- he has been a buyer as far as I can tell.)
3) Payment by Western Union. (An escrow service can be valuable, but eBay has a list of approved ones. There are quite a few scam escrow services.)
4) Free shipping where it makes no sense. (One "seller" offered to overnight a Harley Davidson from Italy by FedEx at his expense.)
5) Questions about location. The seller is shown on eBay as being in the U.S., but the item is claimed to be overseas, and the seller is travelling on vacation or a business trip or some such.
6) The auction is for a valuable car such as a Ferrari, four-wheelers, laptops (Sonys seem to be a favorite), motorcycles, etc.
None of these proves that a listing is a scam, but all of them together suggests you be prepared to lose your money if you get involved.
eBay's a great source for lots of things, but the crooks have discovered it as well. "Buyer beware" applies here more than ever.
Here is another very similar auction I saw this AM.
Both prices are to good to be true and same escrow co. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2461090638&category=6212
This same guy last week had a 1990 or 1991 Testarossa 15,000mi with major like new condition for $40,000 buy it now. The listing dissapeared in an hour never saw it again or in the completed items search.
Somethings not right.
That is Martin's F-355. He had it on E-bay last week under his dealership banner Cavalino Motors in Miami.
I'll call him and let him know.
I just called him...he's out of town until Feb 22nd b/c of family ermergency.
At least he has a sense of humor. The 916 phone # listed in his "showroom" rings through to the state of California dept. of health services...
Thought it looked familiar Mario. Martin should be very interested.