Car Sold Online


How The Car Sold Online Scam Works:

(with video below) Be very careful these days about a scam that is targeting those who are trying to sell their vehicles online, on websites such as Gumtree, Kijiji, Craigslist, or Auto Trader. In this article, we’ll expose how the scam works and how to avoid it. Feel free to comment below with the names of the crooks who’ve been trying to victimize you using this method. How does the scam work? 

Watch the video below to see the Car Sold Online Scam exposed:

Car Sold Online Scam Video

Imagine the following scenario. You are trying to sell your car, bike or other large item. You post an ad online, on the websites mentioned above. Within minutes, you receive a text message or email along these lines:

“Hello, I am interested in purchasing your car. My name is Marc Bonhomme, I’m located at (address in your country). I actually want to purchase this for my In-laws, I will like to purchase at the listed price so  that you won’t sell to another person. I really have interest in buying it for my In-law and I’m not within your premises to pay cash, and PayPal is my only option which, I think you accept, or if you can give me you PayPal address, I’ll be very happy to go on with this transaction? Can you get the account ready?”

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The conversation may vary, as some of the scammers are smooth and open the chat with a couple of other questions (“What’s your lowest price?”, “Can you send me more pictures of the car?”, “Can my shipping company contact come and see it”?), just to get your trust.

Alternatively, the scammer might justify that he can’t come and see the car himself, as he is working at the sea or in some other environment where he cannot even use a phone.


What Happens If You Provide Your PayPal Email Address?

However, let’s say you provide the potential “buyer” the email address affiliated with the PayPal account. As you confirm that you created your account, you’ll then get a fake PayPal email, informing you have been paid extra, just so you can pay the shipping agent for them. That’s where the scam occurs.

They ask to pay the shipping agent via Western Union and the payment is released to you after you have done that. Needless to say, you send the money to the agent and never received yours.


How To Avoid The Car Sold Online Scam:

It is a red flag every time somebody wants to buy a car from you without seeing it. Another one is if the “buyer” refuses to have a phone conversation. Think about it, if he is at sea and can’t have a phone conversation, what are the chances he has Wi-Fi to go back and forth with your emails? Sell your call locally, face to face.


How To Report The Car Sold Online Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Here is a list with names, emails, and SMS numbers that scammers have been using in the last little while in North America and the United Kingdom:

John Greenfield, Sharon Morgan ( 1 951 888 3614), Marc Bonhomme, Julia Paige, Kathy (, Pavel Milan, Sharon Hair and Paul Jason (both from 61 428 465117), Jay John, Michelle Clint (0428 465 117), Andey, Alex More (0428465117), Mark Vaughan (951 8883614), Harley Smith (915 888 3614), David Lucas (, Alpa (, Victoria Hill, Alley Barry, Janet Maxwell, Jason Maxwell, David Scott, John David, Mark Omoauntee, Eric Frank (, Terry Lesley (, Paul Anderson (, Kellie Estrella (, 614 28465117), John Owens, Gerald Dawson, Neil Robbie, Maria (301 9662359), Jody Williams (201 4778423), Terri Bower (, Apostle Helen, Maria Murphy (mariamurphy19@gmail),  Allan Macain (442 242 0019 and, Kessy Dowell, Richie Richard Todd (, Philip Pertel, Keith Scott (, CC Walker (, Phil Koch (, Brian Lewis, Dmitry Matushev (, Caryn Sundling (or Caryn Sundig).

Report any other names if you are being approached.

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Robert theRider

I was listing on Auto Trader. Just put up the car yesterday and ‘Steve Bussieres” texted via 431 305 6433 and seemed to willing pay for the vehicle via paypal without seeing it. I decide to research this name and this site came up. He asked for me to send a “request for payment” which I did. But now that I read this I have canceled the request and will only meet someone in person.

James Kerr

Email: SMS:(208) 306-8359 Received by kijiji ad Hello, thank you for your email and I would like to introduce myself with a little background.  First of all. My name is Joe Fred. I am currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as an SMSgt (E-8) and I am presently not in town at the moment because I am currently on base and we aren’t allowed to make or receive calls frequently as phone communications are being restricted, but we do have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So let’s get back to business!… Read more »


Listed car on kijiji and autotrader.. Received a couple of sms and emails that are similar to aforementioned..please be aware of contacts as follows: 1-208-306-8359 named Ben, 1-678-901-4016 named Paul,, Steve Bussieres

J Smith is still at it in September 2020. This time he texted my number from a Craigslist auto ad. He’s in “Poland” and wants me to email that address for his Dad Joe who’s interested in my vehicle. Right. BLOCK!

John Wilko

Todd Susan Thank you for your quick response! i will want you to consider it sold kindly remove the ad as i am willing to pay your full asking price because i need to buy it for my cousin asap, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it,sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound.I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money… Read more »


Car scam Hello, here is another scam email I’ve gotten: “Your response is well appreciated. I am Mr Troy Sorensene, Am currently domiciled in the rural Area here in United Kingdom . The price of the car is ok by me and i want to buy the car from you.I will make a payment via bank certified cashier cheque. Please send me the following to enable me make the payment to you: Full Name to issue the cheque: Full Address for the delivery of the cheque: State: Postal Code: Telephone Number: What you have to do is very simple,when… Read more »

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Janet Norton avoid scam


We just put a car on Autotrader and received a response almost identical to the one’s below from (Overseas, buying for father, etc) The real tip off for me was the grammar. In all the bogus offers, the grammar was bad enough to make me realize the sender didn’t speak English as his primary language. I immediately went online and found this site. Thanks for the info.


Received this message: Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just… Read more »

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After reading all these posts it seems this guy has many names and is busy busy trying to scam people! This is the email we received: From: nicholas hayes <> Date: March 24, 2016 at 9:30:02 AM EDT Subject: Re: Thanks for getting back to me, I would like to ask some details concerning this vehicle before making a purchase because i ask a friend Austin to search for me and get back to this email: How long have you owned it? Do you have the spare tire? Is there any rust on the vehicle? Have you owned it from… Read more »

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