Advice please all - potentially caught a scammer, do I have an obligation to warn others?

Doug the D

Distinguished Member
Plus, there are plenty of legitimate companies out there specialising in driving trips abroad.

You asked about track and number of nights stay earlier. Do you know what the going rate is for Circuit de Folembray in North France, 3 days 2 nights? It was including Eurotunnel too. £400 definitely seems too good to be true to me - Eurotunnel has got to be £150-200 ballpark right? So 3 days on track + accom. for £200?
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
You asked about track and number of nights stay earlier. Do you know what the going rate is for Circuit de Folembray in North France, 3 days 2 nights? It was including Eurotunnel too. £400 definitely seems too good to be true to me - Eurotunnel has got to be £150-200 ballpark right? So 3 days on track + accom. for £200?

Yup, Eurotunnel will be about £150-200 depending on time of departure. Assuming twin rooms, 3 or 4 star hotel, ~£150 for both nights, plus circuit time, usually another £200-300 depending if you’ve sole use or maybe sharing it. £400 seems a very good price.

Of course he may have negotiated a better price on the hotel for a block booking, etc.
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
And lets not forget, he’ll be looking to turn a decent profit as well.
 

Smiffy 2

Well-known Member
As Judge Judy often says..... "don't pee up my leg and tell me it's raining".
 

pRot3us

Distinguished Member
Perhaps it would worth spreading the word.

I don’t use facebook but back in the busy days of the car forums if this happened on one word would be spread across all, same with any stolen cars.
 

TheHighFlyingBirds

Well-known Member
He's stopped replying to me now :laugh:
Looking at the original comment thread on his post, a number of people have clearly already paid and have now realised......... I question the thought process behind transferring £100 straight away to a person (not even a business) you've never met, with no documentation, no critical thinking or judgement at all - as @TheHighFlyingBirds said, easy money from his view if he joins a number of these groups......
Looks like your due diligence paid off and you were right to be wary. I can see him disappearing soon if he is ignoring you already.
 

BigA1

Well-known Member
He's stopped replying to me now :laugh:
Looking at the original comment thread on his post, a number of people have clearly already paid and have now realised......... I question the thought process behind transferring £100 straight away to a person (not even a business) you've never met, with no documentation, no critical thinking or judgement at all - as @TheHighFlyingBirds said, easy money from his view if he joins a number of these groups......
Bruv, you nailed him well done...!!!

Please send the old bill the details to let them know this thieving sh*t is back up to his old tricks and hopefully he'll get banged straight up for it.

Pat on the back mate.
 

Smiffy 2

Well-known Member
Could you not use the circuits contact page to enquire whether there is in fact a booking for that time??? A two day trip like that would have to be booked well in advance one would think.
They list upcoming events, but their diary only goes up to the end of 2020. Nothing at all showing for 2021.
 

tickedon

Well-known Member
You asked about track and number of nights stay earlier. Do you know what the going rate is for Circuit de Folembray in North France, 3 days 2 nights? It was including Eurotunnel too. £400 definitely seems too good to be true to me - Eurotunnel has got to be £150-200 ballpark right? So 3 days on track + accom. for £200?
For trips less than 5 days, it's perfectly possible to get Eurotunnel for less than £130 return (assuming you don't have some huge car / towing something etc.).

However, that said, £399 is still too cheap and this definitely screams 'scam' all over...! Well done for sussing it out.
 

llyw

Member
Just post on the group 'you wouldn't happen to be this scamming, thieving **** would you?' + links/evidence

Who do you have more loyalty to? The members of your car group or some chancer who only just joined and looks to be trying to scam said members?

Totally agree.

Express concern in your post along with your findings.
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
For trips less than 5 days, it's perfectly possible to get Eurotunnel for less than £130 return (assuming you don't have some huge car / towing something etc.).

There is also a £48 return ticket if you are returning within two days - not sure if this trip is in scope of that.
 

Biscuitman

Novice Member
Legally he must comply with the Package Travel etc Regs 2018, including bonds on consumers money. Complain to Trading Standards
 

rogercw

Active Member
I tend to get suspicious when the website contact page lacks details such as a name and address.
 

tich77

Active Member
And I'd be suspicious when it lacks the basic legal information every company is obliged to provide: the registered office. But then, as a quick check of companies house show, "Inspired Events and Tours" is not a limited company.

Which means either a sole trader (requires this information on the website, or his "name Trading As trading_name".


DNS registered through a third party, in late July, with an anonymous responsible person. MX record (email) directs to an outlook.com email address. Website built using Godaddy website builder. Whilst not proof positive on their own, (many small business use templates), its not a site I would do business with: who I am sending money to, where? where is the data protection policy if I use the "contact us" form.

Tempted to "contact" them and see where the reply comes from ;)

No contact number. No address. No named individual(s). No company name. No Registered company address. No Companies House entry. Individual behind it has a conviction from fraud...

" So I decided to plan and organise my own events looking to add a personal feel to them that people would want to attend year after year. We have made lots of new friends whilst enjoying these events. And hope you will to " Really, and when were these events that were allegedly organised, given the event "company" has only been in existence for 7 weeks, and there are no "Previous Events" listed?

Leave well alone, it screams SCAM at me.

Frankly, if I was that guy, with an easily checked past, and I was sincere about starting afresh I'd be doing it as a limited company (unless he has been barred), with easily verified company information, and so on. As it is, my honestly held opinion is that it is not legit.
 

Clock'd 0ne

Active Member
It is quite clearly a scam just from one minute looking at the website (for the reasons outlined above by tich77) but I would not have confronted the guy at all as all that does is give him the opportunity to shut up 'shop' and scarper with people's money sooner. Going directly to trading standards/the police would have been the smartest idea.
 

diluxe

Active Member
If it seems to good to be true it usually is
 
Not many scam threads around so could I just tag on here - what do others think of this.

Just a Dvd ordered online through a website.

Created an account, paid, money was taken right away.

No confirmation email.

I emailed them saying that was unusual.

No reply.

But then it came back DAEMON undelivered.

So they're not contactable.

While I was logged IN it said item had shipped.

Days later, checked again but couldn't log on.

Wouldn't accept password.

Tried the old forgot password routine and it came back no such account registered.

So I did the old create new account routine and, you guessed it. there is already an account registered with that address.

Thoughts?
 

beechy06

Well-known Member
Not many scam threads around so could I just tag on here - what do others think of this.

Just a Dvd ordered online through a website.

Created an account, paid, money was taken right away.

No confirmation email.

I emailed them saying that was unusual.

No reply.

But then it came back DAEMON undelivered.

So they're not contactable.

While I was logged IN it said item had shipped.

Days later, checked again but couldn't log on.

Wouldn't accept password.

Tried the old forgot password routine and it came back no such account registered.

So I did the old create new account routine and, you guessed it. there is already an account registered with that address.

Thoughts?

What’s the website in question?
 

llyw

Member
Not many scam threads around so could I just tag on here - what do others think of this.

Just a Dvd ordered online through a website.

Created an account, paid, money was taken right away.

No confirmation email.

I emailed them saying that was unusual.

No reply.

But then it came back DAEMON undelivered.

So they're not contactable.

While I was logged IN it said item had shipped.

Days later, checked again but couldn't log on.

Wouldn't accept password.

Tried the old forgot password routine and it came back no such account registered.

So I did the old create new account routine and, you guessed it. there is already an account registered with that address.

Thoughts?

what's the site? it's difficult to assess without knowing that detail.

from what you have already explained, it sounds like you've bought from a dodgy site. if value was under £100 then there may be very little you can do apart from contacting your bank and hoping they accept that you couldn't have been more careful. if the value was above £100 and you paid with a credit card, then you should be able to claim through them.
 

hippo99

Distinguished Member
Google their name.
If it’s a scam site, there might already be reviews on trustpilot or other forums saying they’re scammers.
 

llyw

Member
Doesn't matter who they are, it's the fact that it happens.

Of course it could still arrive but I'll ask the bank in the morning if there's anything that they can do.

Value around £20.

providing us with the website would have helped us check it out and provide you with better advice.
 

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