Tuesday, October 26, 2010

central-safepay.com FRAUD

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is a fake escrow site run by Romanian scammers targeting victims in the UK
The scammer is listing cars for sale on the internet and asking for wire transfer payments to banks in the UK.
The site is being hosted in Russia.
Its a clone of many other fraud sites listed here:
The scammer's use of this template caused the company BuyerGuardian.com to go out of business in 2008.
Story here:

Here are some images of the fraud site:

Here is some text from this fake site:

How Central SafePay works:
How does it work?
1. Buyer and Seller Agree to Terms
Both parties agree to terms of the transaction, which includes a description of the vehicle, sale price, number of days for the Buyer's inspection, and any shipping information. Either the Buyer or Seller signs in to Central SafePay and creates a transaction. If either the Buyer or Seller is not a registered user, they must register with Central SafePay. Registration is free.
The initiating party defines the terms of the transaction and provides information about the vehicle. This information includes:
* E-mail address of the other party
* Length of inspection period
* Party responsible for paying the escrow fee
* Delivery options
* Shipping costs
The initiating party confirms the information entered, and agrees to the escrow instructions. The other party is notified by e-mail, to sign in and agree to the terms of the transaction provided by the initiating party. After both parties have agreed to the terms, the Buyer will be asked to submit payment to Central SafePay.
2. Buyer Pays Central SafePay
The Buyer submits an available payment option. Central SafePay verifies the payment. Processing time varies by payment method. When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. After payment is secured, the Seller is notified by Central SafePay to ship the vehicle to the Buyer.
3. Seller Ships vehicle
Upon payment verification, the Seller is authorized to ship vehicle and submit tracking information if available. Central SafePay verifies that the Buyer receives the shipment. The inspection period will not begin until Central SafePay has confirmed delivery of the vehicle or the Buyer marks the vehicle as received on the transaction screen.
4. Buyer Accepts the Vehicle
The Buyer has a set number of days for an inspection and the option to accept or reject the vehicle. For more information, FAQs - Return Questions. When the Buyer accepts the vehicle or the inspection period expires (at which point, the Buyer automatically accepts), the disbursement of payment will begin. Please note that Central SafePay may perform additional verification before funds are released. Payment is sent to the Seller with escrow fees and shipping costs deducted, if applicable.If the buyer rejects the car, he must notify Central SafePay and then ship the car back to the seller. Once the seller has confirmed the car, Central SafePay will refund the payment in full and the seller is responsible for the returned shipment.
5. Central SafePay Pays the Seller
Central SafePay pays the Seller by the method selected by the Seller. The transaction is complete.

What are the benefits of using Central SafePay?
Central SafePay is a professional and registered British Corporation that is the only company in the world that is dedicated 100% to protecting consumers from fraud when buying a motorcycle, scooter, car, lorry or SUV online. By acting as a third party Central SafePay facilitates secure vehicle transactions that protect both the buyer and the seller. We also make buying a vehicle an easier and more enjoyable experience than previously was available.
How Central SafePay protects online vehicle buyers
Secure vehicle transaction protects buyers financial interest
Verify seller’s identity for both private parties and dealers
Verify vehicle history and being able to present a full history report.
Verify vehicle registration is legitimate and free and clear or lien holder is verified
Seller isn't paid until registration is received (or lien holder is contacted) and transferred through Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Seller isn't paid until vehicle is approved by the buyer
Manage entire vehicle transaction with the buyer's interest first and foremost
The only consumer advocate company that's 100% dedicated to vehicle transactions
Central SafePay protects your privacy and never share your personal information
How Sellers are protected:
Secure vehicle transaction protects sellers financial interest
Verify buyer’s identity
The Seller is authorized to ship only after Central SafePay verifies good funds.
Registration is transferred to buyer only after the we have received the funds
Central SafePay protects your privacy and never share your personal information

Of course this is false information:
Central SafePay is registered to the Companies House under the legal name of "TRADE ROUTES LTD" and can be searched on the Companies House website either by its legal name or by the unique registration number: 6122518

Central SafePay
Address: Equipoint Building, 1506 Coventry Rd, Yardley, Birmingham,
West Midlands,
B25 8AD,
United Kingdom
Phone: (+44) 0843 2899299
Fax: (+44) 0844 7748268
Email: support@central-safepay.com

Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott
NEVER use instant payment services like Western Union or MoneyGram to buy items on the internet.


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