Watch out for this scam, esp. during bad times. Empty Promise + Contract = Money Lost!
“PEOPLE in Essex who sell their cars privately have been warned about the dangers of ‘vehicle matching’ scams.
Fraudsters approach people selling vehicles and promise to match them
with guaranteed buyers, trading standards officers have warned.
Victims are cold-called and told there is a buyer ready for their
vehicle, but they must first pay a matcher’s fee before the sale can be
However, often the buyer does not exist and the contract with the
vehicle matcher can’t be cancelled, meaning any money paid will be lost.”