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End of the road!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

End of  the road! thumbnailIan Lowe with e-mail printouts that formed part of the Internet car buying scam he fell victim to.

A COLERAINE man says he has given up all hope of recouping the money he lost after being duped out of 4,000 in an online car buying scandal.
Ian Lowe told The Chronicle he was breaking his silence in the hope that others wouldn't have to endure the hardship he and his family has faced.
The money that was lost to the criminals was taken from savings, with Ian saying his family have had to rely on the support of their relatives and the goodwill of their friends to get them through the ordeal.
“Our savings have taken a hit. They have been dented. It's made things hard," he said. "Losing such a large amount has ruined us. You could accept if it was a few hundred pounds but we are talking about thousands of pounds here.
“If the car had been paid for using a credit card we would've been covered but because the money was sent by bank transfer that isn't the case. I've also been on to the Financial Ombudsman thinking there would be some kind of insurance in place for things like this - but they tell me no.
“To be honest I have given up hope of seeing the money. At the start I was confident we'd get something, but I quickly realised we wouldn't."
Last March the 35-year-old wired the money to a bank account opened in one of Barclays' London branches after agreeing to buy a 2010 Audi.

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