• Anonymous
    July 18, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: smith @ royalairforce-gov.com

    We were looking for a car on autotrader and came across three adds all titled '2012 Hyundai I30 Active GD'. They all had a similar write up however the rego number and model were all missmatched between the photos, seller comments and vehicle details.The email address was smith @ royalairforce-gov.com and the guy said his name was Mitchell Smith. Definitely a SCAMMER!
  • Ben
    June 10, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: I was given number

    The person seems to been trying to scam people with fake airforce email trying to get money pit in an account for a Hilux than dosent exits
  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith - RAAF

    Came across an add for a car titled 2012 Suzuki Swift GA with 29600 km on the clock for $5000 located in Windsor and I couldn't believe it
    I wanted to make sure it was real or not so I messaged him and he was claiming to be living in devenport TAS.
    Claiming to be in the army going to do a job for the next 3 years in NZ so he will be at a loss for the car but doesn't want to keep it in a garage.
    He was telling me that I "have to put money in the escrow account" that I "will do this" and I "will do that" when I ask about escrow, basically unraveling his scam to me.
    When I got home from work I looked for the add on cars guide and it was no longer there but now it is on the website autotrader
  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith

    Looking on Autotrader came across this ad for Hyundai i30 for sale, got a big reply email from him spinning a story about going to NZ in the airforce for a big project on 28th aug so selling cheap advised was in Tasmania even though the ad was for Qld, knew it was suss because the car was fairly new so did a quick google search and what do ya know. do not give money absolute SCAMMER!!!
  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith

    Found this guy via Carsguide classified ad that claimed to be selling a 2012 white Hyundai i30. He emailed me back and said he was a air force soldier in Devonport TAS waiting to be deployed in New Zealand, doing training and not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls freely, so best to correspond by email. He offered to deliver the car to my state with RAAF truck and arrange payment via Escrow service. We exchanged our photos holding our NSW IDs, so he has my details. He never got back to me but I started searching online and found multiple other people who did go through with payments and never received the car. I didn't lose money but want to alert others to NOT PAY THIS GUY! Has several numbers including 0448 016 902 and 0437 138 011
  • Anonymous
    July 20, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: MITCHELLSMITH @ royalairforce.gov.com

    Hes still at it now 20 july 2020 selling a hilux sr5 2013 120,000 km for 13,000 piece of sh*t nearly had me, i bet the tritn with only53000km for 10,000 on auto trafer and carguide is them
  • Jacob
    June 15, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Yes this person is trying to scam people pretending to be an air force person selling cars. tried to sell a swift to me.
    same as 'ben' above, who almost had a hilux
  • Anonymous
    September 10, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Same guy, same story, same Hyundai, today on car sales, Sydney
  • Anonymous
    August 18, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith

    Same as all of the above

    2014 mazda 3 for $7000 told me he was based in Devonport TAS and he needed to get rid or the car before he was shipped out to NZ for 3 years. Wanted to go through Escrow, sent me pictures of “himself” holding “his” drivers license.
    Way too good to be true, it’s one thing to commit fraud but to impose as one of our countrys’ defense soldiers? Hope this f$@ker gets what’s coming to him
  • Anonymous
    August 14, 2020
    Unsolicited call
    Australia
    Scam
  • Anonymous
    August 14, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell smith

    Scam doing it with Hilux now on autotrader
  • Anonymous
    August 14, 2020
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell smith

    Ad for 2012 hilux 72000km $13,000 seen same ad about month ago same car but advertising as a 2013 hilux. Contacted them he said he is in Yas going to NZ with the airforce even sent us a pic holding a licence said if we put money in his escrow account will deliver car to our door for free.
    What a grub
  • Anonymous
    August 14, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Yeah, same story. RAAF in davenport and getting deployed to NZ. Nissn Patrol $12k. Didnt get me thanks to this site. cheers
  • Anonymous
    August 12, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: mitchel @ theroyalaustralianairforce.com

    hyundai i30x for $6000, to good to be true, but you never know till you get stung. did some research before i went further as i felt it was suss. so i am gona play
    ACCC
  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: mitchell @ theroyalaustralianairforce.com

    Same thing happened to me, looking at cars and saw his ad for a 2015 Mazda for $7000 and thought it too good to be trye, Email the same as the rest "I've been messed around", living in TAS ect. Definitely stick clear!
  • Anonymous
    August 8, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: 'Mitchell Smith'

    Dude is still putting up ads for a Suzuki Swift with 29k km on Autotrader.com trying to scam people with the same 'going to NZ for three years and don't want it sitting in the garage' line. Only spoke to him through an email that was 'mitchel @ theaustralianroyalairforce.com' so if you get an email like this or anything similar, he's a straight catfish after your money, just block him and keep looking because if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Anonymous
    August 8, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    If you got scammed, you should report it, to the company you saw the ad on. However, I think if you've given your personal details and transferred money, it's unlikely you will receive your money back. If you read this article on how to get help if you get scammed, you may be able to do something. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/get-help/where-to-get-help#:~:text=If%20you've%20lost%20money,protect%20yourself%20from%20further%20loss.
    Im glad I came across this, the same as everyone else the pattern is the same
  • Anonymous
    August 8, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith- RAAF

    I was looking for a car and came across a 2013 Levin Corolla ZR Auto, selling for $7000, it only travelled '82860km' and 'Nobody has smoked in it, excellent condition without any damage or scratches at all'. At first I was like its too good to be true. We messaged him and the next day the ad had disappeared, I just assumed someone bought it. Then just yesterday I received an email saying that his been 'messed around by one previous buyer for lack of funds, I can confirm that the car is for sale..'.
    I was excited but then I analyzed the email. First of all wouldn't he use a personal email, instead of using the Australian defence force email, and the location he said it was on the ad was in Ashfield, then in the email he says its in 'Davonport TAS', because his squad its doing some special training. Then he said an RAAF truck is going to deliver it. He said the reason is his going to 'New Zealand for the next three years on August 28th'. First of all Covid-19, second, he changed the locations of the car, it just sounded like a load of bullsh*t. I just had a gut feeling that this was a scam and I decided to do a quick google search maybe something would come up, and I came across this forum, confirming his a scammer.Its unbelievable how many people his tried to scam!! And he is still at it.
    Where should I report him?
    Don't fall for this scam!!
  • Anonymous
    August 8, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell Smith

    I was looking for a car and came across a 2013 Levin Corolla ZR Auto, selling for $7000, it only travelled '82860km' and 'Nobody has smoked in it, excellent condition without any damage or scratches at all'. At first I was like its too good to be true. We messaged him and the next day the ad had disappeared, I just assumed someone bought it. Then just yesterday I received an email saying that his been 'messed around by one previous buyer for lack of funds, I can confirm that the car is for sale..'.
    I was excited but then I analyzed the email. First of all would he use a personal email, instead of using the Australian defence force email, and the location he said it was on the ad was in Ashfield, then in the email he says its in 'Davonport TAS', because his squad its doing some special training. Then he said an RAAF truck is going to deliver it, and the transaction is going to be through escrow. He said the reason is his going to 'New Zealand for the next three years on August 28th'. First of all Covid-19, second he changed locations and his using the RAAF truck??? It just sounded like a load of bullsh*t. I just decided to do a quick google search maybe something would come up, and i came across this forum, confirming his a scammer.Its unbelievable how many people his tried to scam!! And he is still at it.
    Where should I report it?
    Don't Fall for the Scam!!
  • Anonymous
    August 7, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: mitchel @ theroyalaustralianairforce.com

    Same story, definitely sammer.

    2015 Hyundai i30 Active X (2016 compliance)

    Hi there,

    Thank you for contacting me and sorry for taking so long to reply, I've been messed around by one previous buyer for lack of funds, I can confirm that the car is still for sale and never been involved in an accident, Nobody has smoked in it, excellent condition without any damage or scratches at all, Mechanically A1, it's a fantastic car, I've attached some pictures so you can take a closer look at the car, only travelled 67000kms, all of which being said I expect to get $6,000 for it. The only reason for selling this car so cheaply is because I am involved in a project and i will move to New Zealand on August 28th and not come back for the next 3 years. It's the first time I've been to New Zealand and I'm a little nervous but excited at the same time. It would be a shame to keep the car in the garage for 3 years without being used and I also need some cash before leaving for New Zealand. Right now I am located in Devonport TAS, because our squad it's doing some special training, and in case you decide to buy the car, I will deliver it to your address with our RAAF truck (Transport insurance is included). Besides, it's free and I will give you a 7 days inspection period so you can take the car to a mechanic and test it before I receive your money. Also, It will come with a Roadworthy Certificate and QLD Rego, so you don't have to do the running around Registration paid until 15/09/2020.
    You’ll love the car, I can guarantee you that.

    Thank you for your interest,
    Mitchell Smith

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