Here is the chain of emails. I was suspcious and did a google search and found a Ripoff Report on this site that had an identical first email response as I received. The "fraudster" is now using the name Garry Norman. I notified Auto Trader and his ad has now been removed from their site.
> Subject: VW Touareg
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Received: Friday, November 7, 2008, 6:14 AM
> Do you still have the 2006 Touareg? Your price seems very reasonable - is there a reason for that? Is it a rebuild or something?
----- Original Message -----
From: Garry Norman
Date: Friday, November 7, 2008 7:56 am
Subject: VW Touareg
> Hello Don,
> The car is still available for sale at $15700.It is in perfect condition and has no scratches or other marks, it was never involved in any accidents. I have all the papers of the car and the service history as well. The car has no technical problems, it's in full working order. I worked in Canada as a doctor in an experience exchange program, but now i have returned to United Kingdom. Here, the cars have the steering wheel on the right side, so it's very difficult to drive this car in UK. This is the reason for selling it.I have attached some pictures to this mail.The car is with me in the UK,but is still registered in the Canada and has canadian plates.The delivery can take up to 14 business days.You'll have to be home to sign the papers to receive it.I will insure the car,so if anything will happen to the car on the way to you it will be covered.The shipping is included in the amount listed on the site.Please check the pics and get back to me as soon
as you can and let me know if we can start the deal.Thank you,Garry.
Subject: Re: VW Touareg
To: "Garry Norman"
Received: Friday, November 7, 2008, 9:16 PM
I wasn't expecting the car to be overseas, that puts a different wrinkle on things.
I am still be interested, but I have a few questions:
1) How do you get it here in 14 days? My understanding is that it takes significantly longer to ship by sea and air freight is very expensive.
2) I've never purchased a car without getting it inspected first. Are you willing to ship it with the money begin held in Escrow until the car is delivered / inspected?
The car will be shipped in a cargo,the delivery is included in the price and will take 14 working days.If you are really interested we can close the deal through www.escrow-europa.com (http://www.escrow-europa.com/escrow/english/index.htm) as a third party agency and you'll have a 14 days time period to inspect the car and the documents before deciding to keep it or not. If by any reason, you will not be satisfied with the car, you will return the car to the escrow service with no expense to you.I will take care of all the shipping fees.If you agree with my terms please provide me your name and address where the car should be sent to.The delivery is included in the price and will take up to 14 working days.The car will arrive to your home door.