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iYogi Warns of Online Automotive Fraud

iYogi continuously monitors and publishes activities to alert customers of online fraud and scams. Many people have lost large sums of money, being tricked by criminals operating the Online Automotive Fraud over the Internet. In some cases, a fraudster would contact a person who has advertised a vehicle online for sale. The fraudster basically asks for the vehicle identification number to check the accident records of vehicle. The main reason behind asking for vehicle identification number is to make false documentation of stolen car thereby selling it online. It is better to be aware of the ongoing scams and frauds on the Internet in order to protect yourselves. Read more…

Here’s what a typical message looks like:

Sample Email

Head Office Maruti Suzuki,
India Limited Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
Board no.46781000
Email: jobs_*****
Tel: +9197***** (10:00 AM TO 5:30 PM)


Your Resume has been selected from MONSTER.COM for our new plant. The Company selected 62 candidates list for Senior Engineer, IT, Administration, Production, marketing and general service Departments. It is our pleasure to inform you that your Resume was selected as one of the 62 candidates shortlisted for the interview. The SUZUKI Company is the best Manufacturing Car Company in India; The Company is recruiting the candidates for our new plants in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.

Your interview will be held at The Company Corporate office in New Delhi on 6th of March 2011 at 11.30am, you will be pleased to know that of the 62 candidate’s selected 55 candidates will be given appointment, meaning your Application can be in progress to the final stage. You will have to come to the Company corporate office in New Delhi. Your offer letter with Air Ticket will be sent to you by courier before the date of interview. The Company can offer you a salary with benefits for this post from 62, 000/- to 200, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits. The Designation and Job Location will be fixed by Company HRD at the time of final process. You have to come with photo-copies of all required documents.

1. Full Names:
2. Contact Address:
3. Mobile Number:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
7. Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
8. Photo-copies of Address Proof
9. Two Passport Size Photograph.

You are to make a REFUNDABLE cash security deposit of Rs.12, 800/-(Twelve Thousand Eight Hundred Rupees) as an initial amount in favour of our company accountant name in charge of collecting payment. This payment covers Registration,Interview,insurance, Processing & Maintenance charges. The refundable interview security deposit of Rs. 12,800/- should by paid through any [STATE BANK OF INDIA] OR [ICICI BANK] Branch closer to you to our company accounting officer in charge. Account information will be provided to you upon your response to this mail.

REASONS FOR INTERVIEW SECURITY DEPOSIT: This is a measure we have taken to check bogus applications from unserious candidate who applies for job and we send them offer letter and air ticket and also make the above mentioned arrangements in other to give them a comfortable interview and they fail to appear for interview which is a huge loss to the company and the interview becomes shabby and hence we fail to recruit the needed manpower. But with your security deposit we will be assured that our expenses will not be wasted. Please do comply with us as your refundable security deposit will be returned to you in cash immediately after the interview is over at the very premises of the interview.

NB: You are advised to reconfirm your mailing address and phone number in your reply. This Company will be responsible for all other expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in the Company. The Job profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be mentioned in your offer letter.

Last date for security deposit is 3rd of March 2011. The earlier the deposit is made the earlier your position will be secured by the Company HRD -direct recruitment manager.

Mr. Aiko Hiroko
HRD -direct recruitment manager.

Ever felt that you would purchase your dream car from an online auction site only to realize that you have been scammed and ended up losing large sums of money to an online automotive fraud? Such fraudulent scams not only target buyers but sellers as well. If you have been a victim of such notorious online criminal activity, then write to iYogi. We will publish your story and bring online automotive frauds to light!

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Mark Williams, Atlanta
29 June, 2011
Online Automotive Fraud: Unreasonable loss
From last few months I was planning to buy a car and on every weekend I usually spend a lot of time to lookout great deals. That day while searching for most reasonable price of luxury cars, suddenly I found a very lucrative advertisement popping up on the website stating “shop for brand new luxury cars at very affordable price! Click now!!!” without giving a single thought a just clicked on that link and reached to a very catchy website. After searching for long suddenly I found a very good deal, they were offering a brand new Ford car at very affordable price. I can’t even think of that I can get such as good deal for my dream car. I got allured by that advertisement and decided to place an order for that. After checking all the details, I sent an e-mail to confirm that I want to buy this car. They replied that I need to make payment now on online gateway to start the shipping process as the car is located overseas. I completed all the formalities and excited about my car. They ensure me that car will be delivered after few days, buy I haven’t received even after one month. I got worried and searched over the net about that advertisement, after a long search I cam o know that I was some fraud and I am another victim of “Online Automotive Fraud”.

Ethan Campbell, Tulsa
25 April, 2011
Hi Stanley, good to know people like you are not falling for such scams! Last week I was reading a sob story in some forum and the guy fell for an online auction fraud involving a Ferrari. I’m telling you, these kinds of idiots are the ones that give juice to these scammers! Spread the word, let’s just hope in a few years these scams would stop for good.

Stanley Gonzalez, Oklahoma
11 April, 2011
I had always wanted to buy a sports car but I never really had the money to buy one. Last week I found a website that offered used sports cars and the price was that of an average Honda. I took part in the auction and won! Little did I know that this was a scam and that they wanted the payment even before I saw the vehicle. When I refused to pay before delivery, a representative threatened to sue me for breaking the auction terms! Good luck in court buddy! Definitely one of those online automotive frauds!

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