As the demand for motorhome holidays increases the Motorhome and campervan scams are on the rise, as more and more people are looking to buy these vehicles for their holidays and leisure activities. The simplest way to ensure that none of these scams lands at your doorstep is to be aware of what is out there. Over and over we hear of people who think this will not happen to them. It becomes a big shock when the realisation that you have lost money or even worse their leisure vehicle. People think that they will be covered by their motorhome insurance however so will find out the hard way at times that is not the case. Insurance has no grey areas its black or white no grey areas you are covered or not.
Scammers will often create fake listings for motorhomes and campervans that are too good to be true. These listings will often be priced well below market value, and they may include unrealistic features or specifications. When you contact the seller, they will often ask for a deposit or payment upfront, before you have even seen the vehicle.
This is a long term and still goes on today the scammer will send you a cheque for more than the asking price of the motorhome or campervan. They will then ask you to pay them by bank transfer the difference. However, the main cheque payment will eventually bounce, and you will be left out of pocket. Making sure you are receiving cleared funds with your bank is a simple way to not fall for any suggestions of overpayment.
Advance Fee Fraud
You find a popular motorhome that is in demand and the scammer plays on this asking you to pay an upfront fee in order to secure the motorhome or campervan. This is where you need to make sure that the leisure vehicle is for real. Checking the registration number may not quite protect you. Before paying any form of deposit take out a HPi check to find out if it is on finance or has been a total loss. They may claim that this fee is for insurance, taxes, or shipping do not be fooled into believing what seems ok at the time. However, once you have paid the fee, you will never hear from the scammer again.
Fake Shipping Scams
The so-called vendor will tell you that they have shipped the motorhome or campervan to you, this may be them telling you that they want to avoid storage costs and that they trust you. But, they will then ask you to pay additional fees for shipping or customs. However, the vehicle will never arrive, and you will have lost your money.