We are aware that scammers offer "carsales PayProtect" as a payment method through other car classifieds sites. These "sellers" often state they are based at a military site in Devonport, Tasmania awaiting deployment or other remote location interstate and are unavailable for phone calls. They will likely send you a photo of a person holding a drivers license posing as the seller as well as an invoice instructing you to transfer money to a bank in Europe.
PayProtect is no longer available on our site. Anyone offering to use the PayProtect service from outside of carsales and our network of sites is not legitimate, and is definitely suspicious.
If you think you have seen a scam or have been scammed by a buyer or seller, you can contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission:
• by phone on 1300 302 502
• we also recommend that you sign up for the Stay Smart Online email alerts