Following on from a thread published about caravan security recently, where I regrettably sidetracked the issue with something not unrelated but also not directly relevant to the topic of preventing caravan theft. I decided it would be of interest to start a new thread relating to some experiences I have had in purchasing my first used caravan.
I cam across two Caravans being advertised at very cheap prices and was almost considering purchasing but then became suspicious before parting with my money. Having alerted Ebay to a person supposedly based in Doncaster selling a 2013 Swift Challenger for £7,750 and willing to have the Caravan delivered to Durham for £100. It seems someone had Hi-Jacked another persons credible Ebay account which had very good feedback. This is happening a lot on Ebay! It's actually hard to imagine this is even possible, however, following is the reply I received from Ebay.
MC139 Alert about a message from another eBay member
We think eBay account sweetpea5433 has been used without the account owner's permission, so we're now restoring it to them. To protect this member's privacy, we can't share any more details about their account.
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