- 17 September 2018 at 11:30 am #140744
If you’re a regular visitor to The Car Expert, you will have noticed that we have completely redesigned the site. Everything went live late yesterday, so we’re still tying up a few loose ends, but overall it’s a big improvement.
Let us know what you think of the new look, as we’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you find any bugs or things not working as you think they should be, let us know about that too so we can fix them.
- 18 September 2018 at 11:30 am #140952
- 16 October 2018 at 7:55 am #144031FranciGuest
Hello, I’m buying a new car and watching auctions. Is this a fake forum website or is this your forum?
I would say that the forum is a fake, so that the seller’s job looks fair.
thank you for the answer and have a nice day
- 19 October 2018 at 12:36 pm #144320
Hi Franci. It’s definitely a fake – thank you for bringing it to our attention and we are currently trying to have it taken down.
This is the third or fourth attempt by what appears to be the same crowd trying to impersonate our site in the last year, and the same scammers are also trying to impersonate the Honest John site in the same way. They use web addresses that look almost exactly the same as ours, and a site design that they have stolen from us, so it can easily catch people out.
We try to shut these guys down as soon as they pop up, but it is rather difficult. In this case, it’s impersonating our site as well as me personally to try and generate authentic-sounding endorsement for the business – in this case, a company called HPS Enterprises. They have copied the code for our (now outdated) site design, so many of the links on the page do point to other pages on our site, which helps it seem legitimate.
This has happened a few times lately and is always linked to similar companies importing repossessed cars to the UK from Europe so I assume there’s a connected network at play.
We have sent cease-and-desist letters to HPS Enterprises and to the site hosts – I don’t expect to hear back from HPS but hopefully the web hosts (eUKhost) will take action and remove the site fairly quickly. Unfortunately it will probably pop up again somewhere else in a while.
If you see anything like this where a site is being impersonated, please contact the legitimate site owner so we/they are made aware of the fake site and can try to get it shut down.
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