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  1. Hello dear Toytown Community,    I am seeking advice. We were recently scammed when we sold our car and I would like to know if anyone has an idea about how to deal with the situation. Here are the detials:   We got an estimate for our car from and went to one of the suggested dealerships by the site. There they started telling that that estimate is too high and they can only offer us an X amount. We said thank you but thank you and went home. At home we got a message from that the dealership made us an offer but we refused to take and that this offer is valid for 6 days.    After a short discussion at home, we decided to take the car back to the dealership and sell if for the X amount offered since it would be hassle free for us in comparison to a private sale. We took the car back and they said ok but they need to check the car. When my husband went back alone to finish the paper work, he was manipulated into signing a totally different contract for a much lower price that was discussed before. I could not believe what happened when he got home...    I do not want to leave this matter alone. This was a real scam and we were taken advantage of. Is there anything we can do now? Are there any contract cancellation deadlines so that we can go back on this sale contract and bring the car back home? Are there any agencies (consumer protection?) that offer help or advise to people who find themselves in a similar situation?    I will appreciate any help. This is beyond a question of money, it is a matter of principle and fighting back. It sucks being taken advantage of.   Kind Regards, Eve
  2. Hello Toytowners, Since I decided to move into a new apartment by myself, I have been actively searching for apartments through ebay-kleinynzeigen or immobilienscout24 etc. I have seen my fair share of scams through these websites for the past few years and they mostly have similar modus operandi and scripts. The owner is out of the city and they use a fake airbnb website to make you believe that it is authentic and they can send you the keys once you have transferred the caution deposit and the rent. I am sure that most people can see through their poorly written scripts and the rip off airbnb website but is there anything more we can do to tackle them? They usually send me the bank account details to which I have to send the money to. Is that something which can be reported to the authorities (not sure if the police would even care about this). I usually bait them for as long as I can and once they ask me for a receipt for the payment, I usually send them a piece of paper saying "Fuck You Scammer" via email. Any creative ideas are welcome. I see this as a win win situation where I usually have fun on their expense and they do not scam someone who is oblivious to these scams.
  3. I was yesterday scammed for something I bought on eBay. The user even had a German phone number and used whatsapp and even called me to confirm the details. I then sent the payment over palpay only to release he is a scam and never replied anymore. My question is if someone has a German phone number, then should they not be registered? the police said they cant do much. How can they use a German phone number and whatsapp? Is there anything I can do?