Scammers target Dunedin dealer’s website

Scammers target Dunedin dealer’s website

scammerA Dunedin dealer is considering putting a disclaimer on his website and circulating a warning to the wider car industry after having been the target of a bogus email scam.

Dunedin car dealer Peter McCracken of Rob McLellan Motors has been contacted by more than 30 private car sellers, many in the North Island, trying to verify attempts by his company to buy vehicles via a fake email address.

McCracken told the Otago Daily Times that he really didn’t know if the scammers are in Dunedin, or from India or Africa.

He has laid a complaint with Police, and McCracken says that no one has lost money to the scammers as yet, but he was concerned some people could be duped, and was also concerned about the reputation of his trading name.

According to the Otago Daily Times , the scammer has created an email address, and trolls car-selling websites and print media, pretending to be Rob McLellan and offering to buy private cars, tagging the email with McCracken’s bona fide website address.

The real Rob McLellan is Robin McLellan who sold the business more than a decade ago and now resides in Australia.

McCracken was told by Police the targeted sellers would be eventually be asked by the scammer to contribute to freighting costs to Dunedin, and that money would disappear.

He urges people to make sure they know who they were dealing with, and to be wary of requests for a buyer for any up front cash.

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