"Beware for Bogus Exporters, fake cheap offer on Online purchase"
This is to just to let you know what is happening here, and to give alert for people who are thinking of purchasing vehicles. Now a days there are a lots of fraud cases being reported, ie; customer from East Africa pays money, as the Exporter/supplier in Japan gives special offer normally with limited time, and once customer pays the money then, that is the last time you get feedback. Even though you are expecting vehicles, no car is to be shipped, and if worst comes worst, the company goes bankrupt on purpose!! This has been happening so many times since last a couple of years, esp Tradecar view started its Portal site, Tradecar view themselves are not Exporter, but just Portal site operator, who has no control over the vehicles, neither over the exporters enlisted, so it is customer's choice!! Now, Gentlemen, it is time for the buyers in Africa to learn who is genuine, and who is bad. There are some ways that you could check whether it is genuine offer, or whether they are genuine company., so kindly ask us how.
(We are therefore, going to show how to examine, how to check or just some easy way to check the genuinity of the vehicles etc. on our Website soon)
Autorec Enterprise Ltd. is the company who has 34 years of experience for export of Used vehicles to East Africa, and our Company objective is to send Happiness for those who need Good & High Quality vehicles!
So whenever we hear such news, that makes us very sad.
Let us put ourselves in his shoes, who is now suffering from such case, it could easily be understood that he must have saved money very hard and trusting that such Exporters in Japan would, at least ship the vehicles, but most of the cases, the money he send can not be recovered!!!
There is very high risk for those Cheap Online offer, so please be wise and choose right party, such as Autorec Enterprise Ltd. who has long history, who is having different philosophy. Yes, we know that the price is very important factor, as the buyers has limited funds, and Yes, the difference of some hundred dollars makes big difference, but once you loose everything, it is much worst!!
We know that we can not chew all of the business from Africa, but at least, we want every customers in Africa to become more careful, not to become such victim, and most importantly, Japanese supplier should be more ethical, not to cheat the people.
And this is my wish, and only hope that every new buyer who purchase vehicles from Japan will have Happy life with the good Quality vehicles.
Thank you for your kindest attention and regards
T. Mizuno, President
Here wish sending you a copy of News in Japanese, translated into English briefly, that must interest you.
Again, there is very bad company by the name Dream stock Trade, who has committed fraud, worth US$275,000- for the past 6 months, (since last Oct. 2010).. They have registered with Trade car view, and if there would be anybody in Kiribati who paid the money to this party??
Please tell them to be very careful when choosing the company in Japan!.
East Africa: Bogus Car Dealers Drive Off With U.S.$5 Million
Nairobi ― Japanese and Tanzanian investigators are working to unravel an alleged scheme operated by bogus online car traders in Japan that has led to East African motor vehicle importers losing over $5 million.
Investigators want to establish how much of the stolen funds can be recovered, saying that due to the nature of the long-running scheme, victims may recover only a small fraction of their losses.
Regional importers are now wary of online shopping, mainly for used motor vehicles from Japan, after it has emerged that many car dealers advertising themselves online are bogus.
Several online auto marts have apparently used the weak legal regime in Japan to swindle customers of their money by lying that they are winding up their firms due to the economic crisis.
The EastAfrican has been informed that a number of aggrieved clients have registered complains with the Tanzanian embassy in Japan over bogus car dealers who swindled them out of money.
Unsuspecting clients, mainly from Tanzania, are believed to have lost thousands of dollars as they were lured into buying cars from Japan by the low prices offered by some online sellers.
Fearing that the trend could disrupt the lucrative used car business, the government of Japan has launched extensive investigations into the allegations.
"The investigations will involve all nationals involved the used car trade, no matter whether the fraudulent traders are actually Japanese, Tanzanians or third-country citizens in Japan," said Yukinori Seki, commercial attache at the Japanese embassy in Dar es Salaam
Director of Criminal Investigations Robert Manumba told The EastAfrican that Tanzania would for the time being leave the matter to the Japan government for further investigation.
"So long as our colleagues in Japan are working on the matter, let's wait for the outcome," said Mr Manumba.
Two weeks ago, the Tanzanian embassy in Japan warned Tanzanian online shoppers against buying cars via the Internet-based companies, saying some were phantom companies, whose owners disappear as soon as they receive the money.
The acting ambassador of Tanzania in Japan Elibariki Beleko told The EastAfrican by e-mail that many Tanzanians who had seen online ordering as the cheaper route to buying cars had lost huge amounts of cash.
According to Mr Beleko, some of these companies are actually owned by Tanzanians living in Japan, selling used motorcycles and bicycles as well as cars.
The Tanzanian diplomat said many companies in Japan -- both genuine and fake -- use www.cartradeview.com and unsuspecting buyers are not able to tell whom to avoid.
Bogus companies offer attractive prices.
A limited time to confirm purchase is then given to an inquirer, with the rider that the selected item will be sold to another person if no response is received by a a given time.
Many customers fall for this and send the money through telegraphic transfer into given bank accounts and addresses -- and that is the last they hear of the dealers.
In other cases, a supplier will not supply the cars as agreed on the grounds that the company is bankrupt.
According to the Tanzanian official in Tokyo: "Due to some weaknesses in the legal regime in Japan, the embassy lacks the necessary capacity to force them to pay up or ship the cars."
According to the embassy, among the companies about which the embassy has received complaints from Tanzanians is the Global Trading Co Ltd, which now says it is bankrupt.
Others are Car Zone Japan, which is alleged to have taken a total of $91,550 from nine people without delivering cars; 41 Expo Inc. Ltd, Progress Ltd, and The Trading Club -- which owes six clients' motor vehicles.
One of old Japanese Firms such as Autorec who used to have office in Dar es Salaam, is now very much struggling over the price competition, but is still trying theirbest to convince the customers, having different philosophy. "which is to send the Happiness on their vehicle!"
Autorec told The EastAfrican that unscrupulous dealers in some cases appear to have cars, but make deals with several customers, whereas they will ship the car to the customer who pays first.
For the rest of the customers, they will try to find similar vehicles but of less value and different specs and ship them.
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