Online Used Car Scam Alert

A work colleague was nearly caught with this scam so I thought I would share it just in case.

If you are looking for a new vehicle and see an incredibly good deal, beware. Offers such as 1997 Jeep Wrangler for $2500, 2003 Honda Accord Sedan for $2000, 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser for $2900. Once you email the person you will get a reply something similar to these:

I am very glad to see that my 92 Toyota Land Cruiser is drawing so much attention, I received a lot offers in a relatively short time for it. Let me tell you a few words about my Land Cruiser. The general condition of this suv is excellent,very well maintained, no damages and no mechanical problems,the engine runs and sounds awesome, with no cosmetic complaints really worth comment. It has been garage kept since new. Mechanically, it runs & drives great. The AC works great and is very cold. Tires have excellent tread (approximately 90%). Tinted windows. Clean carpets, seats, roof, boot and plastics, no electrical issues. I have the title clear ( under my name ) in my hand and the suv is ready for it’s next owner.The Toyota Land Cruiser has 241,511 km, year 1992 and VIN# jt3fj80w9n0039806. The price of this beauty was reduced to $2,900 (URGENT SALE) as I need to sell this suv before June 28 when I will leave with my platoon back to Afghanistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard.

My 2003 Honda Accord Sedan, with an 4 Cylinder, gasoline engine, and with 103500 km`s is in excellent condition, never raced or abused, no accidents and no smoke inside, no liens or loans, it was very well maintained. The car is certified & e-tested, runs like new and all services are up to date. The final price is $2,000. The only reason for selling the car so cheap is because I recently divorced my husband and I am a single mother with 2 children and I don`t need it and I want to sell it fast, because i`m so busy with the children and my job and I don`t have time to stay and meet with all my potential buyers, I gave the car to a shipping company that will ship it to the next owner. I want to tell you that the delivery process is payed by me and all of my transactions until now were made under eBay’s Buyer Protection Program, and for that I wish that we make this deal also with eBay’s Buyer Protection Program. If you’re interested to purchase just email me with your full name ,shipping address(street, city, postal code) and your phone number, so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

The vehicle is still available for sale, price as stated in the ad $2300.It’s in perfect working order, no damages or scratches, it wasn’t involved in any accidents.I moved to the United Kingdom with my work but I left the vehicle at a shipping company in Thunder Bay, Ontario.All shipping costs and insurance during transportation are included in the price, I won a promotion(1 free shipping). You will also receive all necessary documents in order to finalize the purchase.Email me back if you’re interested and have further questions.

Thanks for your email. I agree with the price and I’m please the condition of the vehicle. I will be paying via PayPal and my pickup agent will come and pick the car after you have confirmed the payment. I’ll also want you to take off advertisement to be sure you are selling the car to me. I am a biologist and I’m in the ship right now. I will not be able to call you and inspect the car but i am much please with the description of the car and I believe I can trust you with that. Kindly send me PayPal money request so that I can transfer your money asap and my agent will come and pick the car once the money clear.

If you are in doubt, you can always Google the email address of the ‘seller’ and chances are it will take you to a site such as scam.com which lists all known scams.

As I say, if it looks to good to be true, chances are it is! If you have any doubt at all in your mind about a transaction such as buying a used car, it’s better to look for another vehicle rather than lose money.

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