Buy­ers be­ware of a con­man

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ Bob Hirschhorn, Malvern, Worcs.

I have fallen vic­tim to a parts scam and I would like you to pass on a warn­ing about this to your read­ers.

Back in March, I placed a wanted ad­vert for parts I re­quired, which is a use­ful free ser­vice you of­fer in the CCW clas­si­fied ads. I re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­ply from a very plau­si­ble man, but over the weeks of ar­rang­ing parts and pay­ments I ac­tu­ally only had his mo­bile phone num­ber and bank ac­count de­tails (the for­mer now not re­spond­ing, the lat­ter closed). His elab­o­rate story was fic­tion.

I was rather naïve in my deal­ings with him, but he was en­tirely be­liev­able and en­cour­ag­ing – like most of his type. I paid sig­nif­i­cant money and re­ceived noth­ing in re­turn. I in­formed the banks in­volved, but to no avail as yet. I have since come across some­one else who was conned by him in a sim­i­lar man­ner.

We must pub­li­cise his fraud­u­lent and lu­cra­tive modus operandi and pre­vent this hap­pen­ing to oth­ers. Thank you for shar­ing your un­for­tu­nate ex­pe­ri­ence with us, Bob, and we hope this has lit a few warn­ing lamps. As al­ways, buy­ers be­ware! – Ed.

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