eBAY Vehicle Scam Alerts

This a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GroupEVSA/

It is a closed Facebook group – so you have to apply to the moderators of the group for access.

You answer their questions and you get access to the group messages etc.

This purpose of the group is to allow reporting vehicle scam listings on eBay UK (and Gumtree, which is owned by eBay).

They give this initial advice:-

“Please try to be 100% sure if you say “This is a scam”. If you are not absolutely sure, by all means post the link but instead make it a question, e.g. ‘Is this a scam?’

Thank you”

This is clearly necessary to stop the group belong filled up with messages about mistakes and misunderstandings rather than actual scams.

Jack Buster uses this group  i.e. better known as “Buster Jack” (the scam buster). He uses this group a lot to post results of his work and people post items they want Buster Jack to investigate and potentially stop.

e.g. Some help please, selling my camper and someone from Malta wants to pay a deposit fly over and drive it home, what are the chances of it being fraudulent and how should i insist i am paid if it is to be safe? thanks in advance.

The replay was this useful advice.

Card payments can be reversed, cash and BACS payments into the account cannot. As soon as the money is paid either way transfer all the money you have in that account to a connected account such as a saving account and then they cannot reverse the transaction; That is what the scammers do!

Tell them to turn up with cash.

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Late Payment by Big Business

Government statistics show that small businesses are owed on average £6,142 mostly by larger firms not paying them for goods and services on time. Bad practices range beyond simply paying late to include larger firms forcing a discount off an already agreed price, paying-to-stay (smaller companies pay larger firms to remain a supplier, but without the promise of any actual work) etc.

The research shows 37% small businesses have run into cash flow difficulties, 30% have been forced to use an overdraft and 20% cite a slowdown in profit growth. If all payments were made on time perhaps 50,000 more businesses could be kept open each year, whilst the UK economy would receive a £2.5 billion boost.

FSB is now campaigning for every large company to have a Non-Executive Director responsible for good supply chain practice – reporting to the Board as head of a sub-committee, reporting to the AGM, and writing in the Annual Report of what the company is doing to help their suppliers.  The Government is listening, and has adopted this model for its own Departments

The new proposals, building on action government has already taken to improve access to finance and the appointment of the Small Business Commissioner, include:

the call for evidence to consider the best way company boards can put in place responsible payment practices throughout their supply chain, for example giving a non-executive director specific responsibilities for the company’s prompt payment performance, promoting innovative technologies, such as the latest accounting software, to help small firms manage their payments processes, and empowering trade bodies to highlight the best and worst practices in payment behaviour

The government has also set the ambition that all its departments commit to paying 90% of undisputed invoices from SMEs within 5 days and ensure all government departments have a dedicated non-executive director responsible for prompt payment, improving payment practices and exploring how better to use technology to make payment processes more efficient.

If you have seen the problems caused by such late payments – let us know, by email.

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Dublin’s Tram System Website Ransomed

The website for Dublin’s tram system (Luas) was hacked and the attacker demanded a ransom of just one bitcoin (worth about $4000).

The attacker wasn’t after money but to teach the authorities a lesson for ignoring her advice after warnings about weaknesses in their security.

“You are hacked,” the message read. “Some time ago I wrote that you have serious security holes.

You didn’t reply.

The next time someone talks to you, press the reply button.

You must pay one bitcoin in five days.

“Otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to your users.”

It then listed an address to send the bitcoin. The message was subsequently removed.

The company tweeted: “The Luas website was compromised this morning, and a malicious message was put on the home page. The website has been taken down by the IT company who manage it, and their technicians are working on it.

“We apologises to all Luas customers for the inconvenience,” Luas added on Twitter.

Luas carried 37.6 million people in 2017 and transports 100,000 passengers on average daily.

A ransomware attacker with a soul. Let’s hope the authorities take notice of the security weaknesses and don’t get caught out again.

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