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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Exercise utmost caution when selling your car

Readers talk about selling scams, customer service and breastfeeding

A reader shares her harrowing experience of selling her car to caution others. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
A reader shares her harrowing experience of selling her car to caution others. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

My husband and I live in Abu Dhabi. We recently sold our beloved car for Dh250,000, only to realise that we had been scammed. The person who took the car deposited the cheque in our bank account (how naive we were to think that a bounced cheque would land the issuer in trouble). We chose this mode of payment because the amount was big. The next day, the cheque bounced. We messaged and tried to call him, but he didn't respond. The man acted so well that we never doubted him. He even bought us coffee on our way to the bank.

We have since been running to the police station, the traffic department and the bank. I'm sharing my experience so that people exercise caution when selling their cars. Our hard-earned savings have disappeared overnight. We will perhaps never get the car or the money back.

Linda Hoang, Abu Dhabi

We need quality items and better customer service

Awok is an amazing company (Generation Start-up: Awok founder solving a retail problem for UAE's underserved mass market, August 12). It’s much better than many companies here in terms of customer service.

Sultan Anas, Dubai

I am not a fan of online purchases. I think people should go out, interact with others and enjoy shopping. We need to socialise rather than acting like robots.

Mohamed Nizam, Abu Dhabi

Breastfeeding campaigns are often counterproductive

I refer to the article, Mother says pressure to breastfeed can be counter-productive (August 13). I am a neonatologist and over many years, I faced aggressive campaigns in support of breastfeeding. They are often counterproductive because of the stress they cause to women. I know how they can negatively impact the perception of breastfeeding as a natural process.

Marija Maria, Dubai

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