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2013 camaro ss 0-60

Posted in car and truck review by dimazgyba on December 31, 2013

2013 camaro ss 0-60 There are some things about the ’80s that aren’t worthy of nostalgia. The era’s pony cars, by and large, fall under this umbrella. It’s true that Ford has the five-point-oh—a designation fairly soaked in Aqua Net, yet perhaps the only thing about the decade’s Stangs worth revisiting—but when it named its latest track-oriented model, it resurrected “Boss.” First appearing in 1969, Boss is cool. It’s a little intimidating, and it’s also Bruce Springsteen’s nickname. It sounds bad-ass. Chevrolet’s 1LE? For the 17 people who were paying attention in 1988, it conjures memories of an option bundle that only made that year’s Camaro less bad. To the rest of us, it sounds like three randomly selected characters.

2013 camaro ss 0-60 see review here it still seems as though the designation had been plucked from an alphanumeric bingo bucket, 1LE has new significance for 2013 as an option package for manual-transmission Camaro SS models. It brings a host of upgrades ported from or inspired by the mighty ZL1. The pieces that make the most difference fall into the latter category, however, including the front anti-roll-bar mounting setup, 10-by-20-inch front wheels and 11-by-20-inch rears, and beefier half-shafts. The equipment pilfered directly from the ZL1 includes wheel bearings, toe links, rear shock mounts, the fuel pump, the flat-bottom steering wheel, the short-throw six-speed manual and its transmission cooler, and 285/35-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 tires all around (the ZL1 gets 305/35-20 rubber at the rear). The beefy wheel-and-tire combo actually saves a total of 22 pounds of unsprung weight.

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scams on Gumtree: Criminals use site to target consumers

Posted in tips by dimazgyba on December 30, 2013
  • Criminals are using Gumtree to target consumers, it has been revealed
  • Site does not require users to register or provide their name and address
  • This means fraudsters can remain anonymous while preying on victims
  • Comes after young mother tried to sell her four-month-old baby online

Police receive 250 crime and fraud allegations a week connected to the online ‘small ads’ service Gumtree.

After a young mother tried to sell her four-month-old baby on the website, it has now emerged that criminals are using Gumtree to target consumers.

Many people turned to the site to find bargain Christmas presents and January is expected to see a surge in people using it to sell unwanted gifts.

Criminal activity: Police receive 250 calls a week about scams on Gumtree, it has been revealed (file picture)Criminal activity: Police receive 250 calls a week about scams on Gumtree, it has been revealed (file picture)

 

But there are concerns that eBay-owned Gumtree does not require users to register or provide their name and address, allowing fraudsters to remain anonymous while preying on innocent victims.

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It was revealed in Saturday’s Daily Mail that a 20-year-old woman had tried to sell her son on Gumtree for £150,000. But growing evidence from court cases and police reports shows criminals use the site to:

  • Turn stolen items into cash
  • Target people for robbery if they are selling high value items
  • Tempt people to locations to buy or sell things, then rob them
  • Con people into paying via bank transfer but never deliver items
  • Trick people into paying rent deposits on flats which do not belong to them
  • Find vulnerable women to sexually assault
How the fraudsters target victimsHow the fraudsters target victims

 

The company reports such crimes to the National Fraud Authority, which generates a crime reference number.

But Gumtree then uses the Data Protection Act to refuse to provide the victim with any details.

 

In theory, the National Fraud Authority vets the reports and passes details to police for investigation. But three in four victims never hear from the police.

Shocking: Saturday's Daily Mail revealed a woman had tried to sell her son on Gumtree for £150,000Shocking: Saturday’s Daily Mail revealed a woman had tried to sell her son on Gumtree for £150,000

 

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau said there were 19,530 reports of fraud and cyber-crime in October alone.

More than one in 20, 997, had a link to Gumtree – 249 a week or 32 a day. The more widely used eBay had a connection to 1,483 cases – almost 50 a day.

But eBay guarantees customers will get their goods or money back when there is a fraud. There is no such protection for Gumtree users.

‘It’s not enough for these websites to say “it wasn’t me” when things go wrong’

– Gillian Guy

Citizens Advice called for Gumtree to require all users to set up accounts with verifiable names and addresses to combat the crimewave.

Gillian Guy, of the charity, said: ‘It’s not enough for these websites to say “it wasn’t me” when things go wrong. Online marketplaces need to take more responsibility for what goes on in their name, by being more transparent and strengthening protections for consumers.’

Gumtree said the safety of its users is a ‘top priority’, but a spokesman added: ‘As with any form of classifieds listing… it is impossible to prevent crime completely.’

The firm claimed the number of fraud cases is less than half the 249 a week suggested by police figures.

 

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