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Man pays $135,000 for bogus high performance car

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

It's a wildly expensive car, one most of us can only dream about. So when one man saw an online ad for a ford Shelby GT500, he jumped at the opportunity to buy it.

But after sending more than $130,000 to the supposed seller in Lexington, a Texas man found out he was just being taken for a very bumpy ride.

"I was shocked, of course, it's still hard to believe," said Andy House.

House, owner of Performance Auto Sales in Lufkin, Texas buys and sells high performance cars for a living. He says he first saw the car on Autotrader.com. Interested, he followed a link to the sellers personal website and began negotiating with him.

"I do this all the time, and I did my due diligence here," House said. He says, the man who went by the name of
'Phillip Novak' even mailed him copies of the vehicle's title and license, as well as, the alleged sellers license to sell cars in the state of Arizona.

"Once I wired the money to him, I never heard from him again," he said.

House wired the money to BB&T Bank off Nicholasville Road in Lexington. A manager at the bank said she couldn't comment on the case.

Later, House began surfing the internet and found a posting on a website called: scamwarners.com where somebody else claimed they were also scammed by this man.

"He's smart, he obviously knows what he's doing and I'm sure he will strike again if he's not caught," House said.

After all fees, and expenses including the price of the bogus car, Houses' total losses add up to $142,000.

At this point, there's no indication the scam artist lives in Lexington, let alone, Kentucky.

Lexington Police say, because of the amount of money, the investigation has been turned over the FBI.


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