UK High Commission Warns Malawians Of Bogus Car Dealers

The Malawi High Commission to the United Kingdom (UK) has warned Malawians interested in buying vehicles especially trucks from UK and Republic of Ireland to be vigilant as most of the purported online traders could be
bogus.

The warning follows a considerable number of requests from Malawians to trace traders whom they have already paid money to for trucks or other type of vehicles, yet not delivered.

According to the High Commissioner’s office, in many instances the dealers disappear as soon as they
receive full payment from their clients.

The scams include newly registered websites that expire as soon as they con a group of people, toll
free numbers or mobile numbers without a registered address.

“To attract customers, they offer rock bottom prices for vehicles including shipping costs. Such sites are expected to raise alarm to would be buyers,” warned the High Commissioner’s office.

Whilst the High Commission has since advised those dealing with foreign car dealers to verify the legitimacy and physical presence of the dealer, or requesting the Mission to assist with due diligence.

“The High Commission will continue to assist those Malawians to verify any website or dealer existence
in the UK verified before entering into any financial transactions”.

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