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Perth car hunter reveals how she lost thousands of dollars in Facebook Marketplace scam

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A Perth woman has revealed the emotional story used by scammers that duped her out of thousands of dollars while she tried to buy a car on Facebook Marketplace.

Violet Saxton paid $4550 for a vehicle she never received and now believes did not actually exist, after coming across an online ad for a Mazda 3 last October.

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Having searched for that model for a month, the primary school worker sent a message to the seller asking if it was still available.

In message exchanges, the seller said told Saxton she had listed the car on behalf of her niece who had moved to Darwin with her two children after the death of her husband.

Saxton said she was supplied with plenty of information about the car and several photos, and soon agreed to make the purchase - without seeing it in person.

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