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?
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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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (email@example.com), Alpa (firstname.lastname@example.org), Victoria Hill, Alley Barry, Janet Maxwell, Jason Maxwell, David Scott, John David, Mark Omoauntee, Eric Frank (email@example.com), Terry Lesley (firstname.lastname@example.org), Paul Anderson (email@example.com), Kellie Estrella (firstname.lastname@example.org, 614 28465117), John Owens, Gerald Dawson, Neil Robbie, Maria (301 9662359), Jody Williams (201 4778423), Terri Bower (email@example.com), Apostle Helen, Maria Murphy (mariamurphy19@gmail), Allan Macain (442 242 0019 and firstname.lastname@example.org), Kessy Dowell, Richie Richard Todd (email@example.com), Philip Pertel, Keith Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org), CC Walker (email@example.com), Phil Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brian Lewis, Dmitry Matushev (email@example.com), Caryn Sundling (or Caryn Sundig).
Report any other names if you are being approached.
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