• 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
    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!
  • Anonymous
    January 19, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Joel Matthew Pettit

    This guy is still at it! We were so close to sending him some money
    Our emails were word for word as all these above
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    February 6, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Joel pettit

    Exactly the same story as all the others about the RAAF and going to NZ etc trying to sell a Triton dual cab Ute for $10,000.
    Lucky I checked him out and found these comments, well done guys these wankers need to be locked up.
  • Anonymous
    December 1, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Cameron Paul Smith

    same i lost $6000
  • 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!!!
  • 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
    May 4, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Has anyone actually paid the money and got it back?
  • Anonymous
    February 10, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    I'm grateful for this forum and everyone. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    December 28, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Mitchell David Smith

    Found on car site, I caught onto the scam and reported the ad to the website and also reported to ACCC on 1/05/2020. Didn't hear back from ACCC but the ad was taken down within a couple days
  • Anonymous
    November 12, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Same!!!! He still on CarsGuide. The first time I didn’t want to do payments with someone doesn’t want to speak over the phone plus I don’t trust Escrow... I only reported this to the ACCC after I made an enquiry about another car and guess what... He copied and pasted the same email (just changed car model)!!!!!!! Unreal. I replied back to him asking him how many cars he is in a rush to sell before he goes to NZ and he has sent me back EXACTLY the same second email he sent me back when he replied to me about my first enquiry... I wonder who is that guy in the picture and who is really behind the scam. REMEMBER YOU NEED TO REPORT THIS FRAUD TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT!!!!!
  • E
    May 6, 2021
    Service
    Australia
    Caller: Email from isabella luisa

    Totally ripped off. E pe Ted delivery ear 8th.emails are word for word with other people that have duped.stupid me I paid the $5000 to Escrow. I'm a 70 yr old pensioner and that was all the money I had saved. So angry with myself for not searching the name first.Mongrels.via auto trader. Will definitely report this scam
  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2021
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: Isabella Luisa

    Same story as everyone else. If something is too good to be true it probably is...
  • Anonymous
    May 3, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Looking for a car for my daughter and googles the name Isabella Luisa before going ahead, as she said it was just too good to be true, thanks for posting this warning:

    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, I've attached some pictures so you can take a closer look at the car, excellent condition without any damage or scratches at all, Mechanically A1, it's a fantastic car, only travelled 72000kms, all of which being said I expect to get $6,500 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 May 18th 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 NSW Rego, so you don't have to do the running around, Registration paid until 30/04/2022.
    You’ll love the car, I can guarantee you that.

    Thank you for your interest,
    Isabella Luisaa
  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    No phone number but I just enquired about a 2014 Mazda 3, received exactly the same email from Isabella Luisa, RAAF email, and story about being in Devonport and being posted to NZ for 3 years.

    Thank you to all of the previous posts.
  • Anonymous
    April 12, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Yes, same story for me except the name is Isabella Luisa and she's apparently selling a 2015 I30. She won't talk on the phone but emailed a photo and licence to make it look genuine.

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