Mercedes Benz engine scam

I have been looking for a used Mercedes Benz engine, and placed an ad on Gumtree. I received a call from a "Mike Sanders" from "NM Auto Parts" in Johannesburg who claimed to have an engine perfectly suited to what I wanted. He emailed me photos from, and they were really well taken and very detailed. He said he would contact me after the weekend after he had found out from his "dispatch department" when they would be coming down to Durban again.On the Monday he phoned me to say that he would invoice me, but that I could just pay a ten or fifteen deposit, and pay the balance once I was satisfied with the engine, and had got it running (red flag !!!!!).I then asked for his physical address so that my son could go and have a look at the car and the engine specifically.And this is when Mike stopped all communication with emails, and no answering his cellphone (079 708 8923).
Luckily I never paid over any money, but afterwards the red flags were quite obvious:1. I had tried to find "NM Auto Parts" on the web, but no mention of it anywhere.2. The email address is not what you would expect ie it is and should rather be or something similar3. The price of the engine was too good to be true (R24000 as opposed to about R30000 plus at other dealers)4. The fact that he was prepared to let me only pay a deposit, and not the full price, is simply not how people operate.....nobody lets something this costly out of their hands on trust, to someone you have never met before, and lives 600 km away !
His ploy of trying to get me to pay over a "small deposit" is very would make most people think that this guy is trusting me, so why shouldn't I trust him ?!?
"Mike" is quite well-spoken, and very respectful, calling me "sir" and thanking me at every opportunity.
So be warned of "Mike" and his very persuasive little scam....but he probably has many aliases, and has anything and everything for sale, from car parts to holiday accommodation !

Report ID: 7696
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: Pinetown
Suburb: Hillcrest
Address: Hillcrest
Crime Date/Time: 26 Jan 2015, 00:01 AM
Reported By: Username7696
Reported Date: 27 Jan 2015, 09:01 AM
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  • Tk4 12 Feb 2015, 07:37 PM

    Last weekend the same guy got me of same money promised to deliver a quantum cylinder head up until now he hasn't so people be warned of this guy.

  • Username7696 29 Jan 2015, 11:52 AM

    I'm really glad you didn't get caught...this SOB deserves to get locked up ! Please spread the word !

  • Michael35 28 Jan 2015, 10:36 AM

    Posted an add on gumtree today (28th Janauray 2015) and within an hour or 2 I got contacted by the same person. Great price for a gearbox that usually goes for almost double the price. he asked for my physical address so they could drop it off(which I didnt give). This is quite unnerving as they could then target your house. I got an email from the same email address as stated above and the thing that tipped me over the edge was the fact that the invoice came in jpeg for and not a pdf. and upon checking the company reg no. found absolutely nothing. He stated that he is a big company and yet no website or any trace of him in the registery.

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