Scam buyers asking you to pay freight costs

Have you been asked to pay transport or freight cost for a car you're selling? We are aware of a scam where a buyer places an enquiry, posing as a genuine buyer, requests that the seller pay transport or freight costs.

Do NOT pay a buyer money that is supposedly for the freight, especially if they have not yet paid you for the vehicle itself. These are scammers and not genuine buyers. A genuine buyer, even if they are from interstate, would not ask a seller to pay for the freight costs before they have paid for the actual vehicle.

Please contact us on 13 72 53 or email if you would like to speak to us or report any suspicious behaviour.

If you think you have seen a scam or have been scammed by a buyer or seller, you can contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission:

Phone: 1300 302 502; or
Online report: follow the links on 
You can also report online fraud to Australian Government via the website 
We also recommend that you sign up for the Stay Smart Online email alerts: 

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