Beware of Craigslist Internet car buying scam!
The success of Cyber Monday shows the popularity of the Internet when it comes to bargain shopping. If you’re thinking of buying a used car online, you need to be very careful!
Abbie Denen, of Anderson Township, says her husband had been looking online for a used truck to pull a trailer from their home. Denen says, “He found one on Craigslist for $2,000, which was a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.”
Denen was looking at the Cincinnati Craigslist website and texted the seller that he was interested. He then received quite a story from the seller.
“She was from the Lebanon area and had recently been widowed. The truck was paid off and had 140,000 miles on it. She couldn’t keep it, it was giving her bad memories,” Denen said.
Unfortunately, the more they got involved trying to buy the truck the more complicated it. It turns out the truck wasn’t nearby in Lebanon – it was out in Utah. But remember, the seller advertised the vehicle on the Cincinnati Craigslist website even though its thousands of miles away.
To try to keep the Denens interested, the seller claimed the vehicle came with an ebay Buyer Protection Plan. In addition, Denen says, “The shipping cost would be hers. If something was wrong with the truck and we didn’t like it we could send it back to her. She would pay the return shipping costs.”
How did the seller want to be paid? The same way many scammers are operating these days. The scammer wanted them to go to a drug store, deposit the money on a prepaid debit card and then email a picture of the numbers on the back of the card. The seller could then strip the $2,000 from that debit card.
Denen says they got suspicious of the deal when they couldn’t find any mention of the vehicle on ebay Motors website. She called ebay directly and says, “They said if anyone offers you anything from an outside entity it’s not real -- and Craigslist is an outside entity.”
The Denens stopping communicating with those scammers and say they want to warn everyone.
“They’re out there. They’re still putting things out there saying they’ll offer you an ebay buyer protection plan. That’s when you should run.”
Bottom line; never buy a vehicle sight-unseen. Always get a used vehicle checked out by an ASE certified mechanic before buying so you know everything that’s wrong with it and can make an informed decision.
Finally, beware of anyone who wants you to pay for something with a prepaid debit card. Article source cincinatti.com.
Doc sez.. Read our nternet car buying or selling tips article before committing to any car for sale purchase whether it be online or offline.
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