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Fraud Warning: Online scam involving ROTAX engines

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7 months 6 days ago #16417 by RotaxOwner Admin
RotaxOwner Admin created the topic: Fraud Warning: Online scam involving ROTAX engines
Last October, a fraudster emailed numerous times to a Canadian ROTAX dealer under the pretense of wanting to buy a brand new 912 ULS engine. All kinds of information was provided. But the scam-artist insisted on seeing photographs of the actual engine...

"Please send several photos of Rotax 912 ULS 100 PS with all accessories (oil tank,Hub,carbs ,exhaust system)".

"Can you send the pictures of: exhaust system, coolant radiator, oil cooler".

"Please i need the serial number and the picture of serial number. I am still waiting for you to buy this engine."

"After i receive the photos, we will make the deal."

Pictures were duly sent, and after that - the scamster never contacted the dealer again.

It was discovered a couple of weeks later that the SAME PICTURES (those taken by the dealer) were being circulated on some online bulletin boards, with an offer to SELL the same engine at a very low price (half of retail!). The engine was purportedly located in Santa Rosa California... (The exact engine that was in fact still in the dealer's warehouse!)

The internet boards were alerted, the ads taken down, and all details of the scam were duly reported in a CAFC Online Fraud report (#2016-62992 ). A local police report was also filed. Sadly, it seems the Law enforcement agencies could not be bothered to investigate, despite the fact that there was ample forensic evidence to actually catch the perpetrator!

ALERT: it has come to our attention that the scam artist is at it again, and may have in fact have used the same photographs to induce a naive would-be engine buyer in Europe into sending a deposit :(

What we know:
The fraudster originally used the email address verkaufholz@gmail.com ("Management Verkauf") to obtain photographs from the dealer, and later pretended to be "Eduardo Claudio" of Santa Rosa ( eduardoclaudia75@gmail.com ) and used the photographs he obtained from the dealer to try to fraudulently obtain a deposit advance on the "brand new, still in the box" engine that he never actually owned.

The Fraudster sent this Data in a request for payment:

My exact location which is where the Rotax 912 Engine is, is at Vista Grande Place SANTA ROSA, CA 95403.
My Banking information below
Acc name : Marilyn Coen Eduardo
Account number : 601982283
Routing number : 122106455
Date of birth : 18/8/1957
Bank name : First convenience bank

The serial number for the Engine is 6785674, I attached the photo of the serial number for futher confirmation.
And my price is $12,000.00 USD.
Once payment is made I will Wait for yor arrangement for pick up, or can arrange one myself all i will need is the exact location you want the Rotax 912 Engine to be and it will be there, once payment is confirmed.

The engine in the dealer photos was ROTAX 912 ULS2-01 serial number 6785674.

Please Share this Fraud Alert !
If someone online offers to sell you any brand new in the box ROTAX aircraft engine for a price that is "too good to be true" - Caveat Emptor.

If you have the slightest doubt, contact your ROTAX distributor for information.

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