The used car scam: and how to beat it

Sarah Coles
A buyer checking documents: HPI
A buyer checking documents: HPI

Danielle Sterling from Durham, was shopping for a second-hand car, when she came across exactly what she was looking for: a used Honda Civic selling for just £4,000. She contacted the seller by email, who was happy to sell. He said he wanted to do the whole thing by email because he lived in Ireland, and wanted to use an escrow service.

It was when she did a Google search for the service he wanted to use that the alarm bells started ringing.