Purchasing A Car Online Scam

Buying a Car Online? Here Is The Latest Scam

(with video below) Let’s say you’re considering getting a new/old vehicle and looking for the best car sale websites out there, as well as for tips on buying a used car. Purchasing a car could be a complex process, especially when there are crooks out there who are trying to make a buck on your potential naivety. How does this scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Purchasing a Car scam explained:

Imagine this scenario: You’re thinking of buying a used car from a dealer, but figure is a good idea to take a look online, as well. You search for used cars on websites such as Craigslist, Kijiji, or Oodle. After a good half an hour of looking you come across a great 2001 Toyota RAV4 SUV [insert any vehicle you like] for an amazing price.

You look at the pictures and they look perfect. You even forget about the used car buying guide you were about to download and educate yourself about your future purchase.

You connect with the seller and start building rapport online. He is a nice guy and the dialogue goes well. However, he may be located in a different city. “The delivery will take 2 to 3 days depending on your location and it’s not a problem because I can do it at no cost for you”, the scammer might say.

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Here is the rest of his crooked pitch:

“Let me give you all the details about this purchase and how we can complete it through fulfilled by Amazon. The payment is going to be sent using Interac e-Transfer to Amazon Fulfillment Center holding a bank account, and they will ensure the funds till receipt of the vehicle in good condition.

Once the payment is confirmed and secured, they will notify me to proceed with the shipping.

The vehicle will arrive directly at your address in 1-3 days max. As soon as I send it, I will send you a copy of the receipt, and all the details of the shipping so you can track the vehicle along the way and know exactly when to expect it. The shipping company will call you one day before arriving at your location.”

“The vehicle will be at your disposal for 5 days to inspect it. If you decide to purchase the vehicle after you have inspected it, only then you will notify the Amazon fulfillment center that they can release the payment to me.

If you do not want to purchase it, you will ask for full reimbursement after you will return the vehicle to the shipping company. You will not be charged if you will return the vehicle.

If you agree with these terms, please send me your full name, full address, and home phone number, in order to start the transaction.”

Here is where the scam happens: the “Amazon Fulfilment Centre” – which is where you’re supposed to deposit the money – is actually the scammer himself. The ‘Centre’ will even send you a quick fake email replicating an Amazon-like official webpage. You might believe it’s legitimate and deposit the money. Thousands of people fall victim to this scam every week.

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Alternatively, scammers might ask for a deposit (the oldest scam in the book) or send you more money, just so you can pay the shipping company. In this case, the shipping company is also the scammer himself, posing as an official company with a fake website – just like the explanation in the video above.

The seller will refuse the talk on the phone, as they are most likely located in Africa, Eastern Europe, or Asia. The most common reason scammers give for they not being able to talk is that they are located in a military base or are based at the sea (oceanographers), so phone conversations could happen very seldom.

How to avoid the Purchasing a Car Online scam:

The best way is to always purchase a vehicle locally, where you can examine it. Sure, you can look for the best car buying website, but is always recommended to meet face to face. Buying a used car from a dealer might work as well, but always look locally where to buy used cars with no fear of being scammed.

Ask your friends about referrals when purchasing a car. There are many criminals online who are just looking for victims to pay in advance, whether is via a fake “Amazon Fulfilment Centre” or through a third-party bogus company. Ignore ads such as “Best Car Buying Website Right Here”, which falsely may redirect to where to buy used cars.

Consider reading a used car buying guide, they are available online, on forums, and other how-to websites. Tips on buying a used car could also be found on YouTube.

Report a scammer in the Comments section below. Last but not least, use only legitimate escrow services instead of fake ‘Amazon fulfillment center’ look-alikes.

Meanwhile, be aware of other car-related scams, such as the eBay Motors Scam, Parking Lot Scam, or the AC Di Milano Jackets.

 

How to report the Purchasing a Car 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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35 thoughts on “Purchasing A Car Online Scam”

  1. Here’s one that I got today, posted on Letgo Colorado from eliz22hall@comcast.net, also got a similar one from helenwatson77@aol.com

    "My name is Elizabeth and I’m a medical nurse. The 2010 Nissan Altima SL Automatic is available, priced at $1200. It has a 2,5L I4 Gas engine and 89K miles. The car is in very good condition inside- out. It was never involved in accidents and never had engine problems. Doesn’t have oil leaks or rust, runs very well. Comes with all the documents, including a clear title and a notarized bill of sale and you can register in to your name with out any problem. The only reason for selling is that. I don’t really need it, I won it after the divorce with my ex-husband. I got a new job and moved with my medical unit here in Omaha NE, and we will be deployed overseas replacing, the troops scheduled to come home. Hate to sell it but its not worth keeping insurance and paying storage fees for a year. The title is legally under my name, clear and free of any liens or loans. Let me know if you are interested in buying it and I’ll send you more details.

    When I wrote back asking where the car was located I got this reply:

    "Here’s how our deal works :
    In order to complete this deal the payment must be sent to eBay . As soon as they receive the payment will notify me to start the delivery.After that you will receive all information about delivery so you can be able to track your shipment online. eBay will hold your payment until you receive and inspect the car (you have 5 days for inspection) If you will find the smallest problem with the car you will ship it back on my expense and eBay will send you your full amount back.Shipping to your location and shipping back is included in the price.Basically eBay holds your money safe until you confirm that the car is what you have expected and you want to buy it. It is not a sight unseen deal. We are both covered.I need to know if you are really interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. Please include in your next email your contact info for eBay full name, full address and your phone number so we can get things started.
    Thank You"

  2. I got the same scammers as Alexandra R! Except this was for a Cadillac CTS-V supposedly in Naperville, Illinois.
    Same message about husband dying…even included a supposed picture of the seller woman. This time, her name was Michelle Abraham (abraham748497@gmail.com). She initially sent me the CarFax for the Lexus. Now she/they are providing a CarFax for the supposed Cadillac.
    One tip-off was that in the pictures they supplied via an imageshack link (https://imageshack.com/a/BFfn7/1), none of the pictures showed the odometer nor VIN. All of the other pics were clearly taken from another listing, as dealers always take pretty much the same shots.

  3. Inquired about a 2016 Lexus RX 350 listed on cars.com as being local to me (in New England) by Kim. About two weeks later I get an email from a Kelly Imbach saying the vehicle is still for sale but it is in Texas. Lots of emails back and forth. She sent a bunch more photos that were uploaded to an image hosting website and even attached a photo of a woman who looked to be a sweet grandmother-ly type. Wanted to ship via UShip and use SafeTrade Online to complete the transaction. Email contents are as follows:

    "I’m the first owner. The car has a clear title in hand and a clean carfax, see attachment. Runs and drives great, never in an accident, never smoked in and no pets.
    I’m selling the car because my husband passed away and I want to make someone happy as we were when we bought it. I feel that someone else could get more enjoyment and better use out of it right now based on where I am in my life.
    I can ship you the car for $950, shipping service will be: " door to door enclosed shipping service ". I’ll ship you the car using Uship.com, they are a fast and reliable shipping service.
    I got so many emails and calls for this car, I really can not cope with so many requests , inspections, or any kind of appointments , I’m not a dealer I’m a woman that just lost her husband, I really don’t want to handle all that money.
    For both our protection I prefer to use SafeTrade Online for this transaction. they will give you 3 days to inspect the car at your shipping address and the option to accept it or reject it, that’s why I asked for your location. I’ll send you all the details if you are interested."

    All seemed pretty savvy for an older woman who is grieving. Searched obituaries in TX for a while, couldn’t find anything matching. Searched online, social media, etc using her name and/or email (imbechkellie3434@gmail.com). Nada.

    I then checked the VIN with Lexus and the colors and features attached to the provided VIN did no match what was displayed in the photos. Further digging led me to this site.

    I have reported the email address to the FTC. I hope that others find this page and these posts and protect themselves from fraud.

  4. Same as Anne May, I enquired about a White VW Scirocco on ebay being sold by bvs-car-sales-ltd. When I asked for more information rather than a reply to my e-bay account I got I got lots of convincing photos and a link to Kirkwall automotives in the Orkney islands via my personal e-mail by a guy named Henrik Dokken . The telephone number on the website was definitely not for the Orkneys and a quick Google search showed not evidence of such a car dealership. MOT check on DVLA matched up the mileage but showed it wasn’t taxed, not unusual. A closer look at the photos showed the car satnav location showing London and there were trees in the background in nearly all of the photos, this is unusual as Orkney doesn’t have a lot of trees! It was the Amazon delivery thing that rang the alarm bells, never heard of that before also I received a second pushy e-mail saying that the car was on special offer and he had lots of other potential buyers and that I should act quickly. I’ve checked e-bay again and it looks as though the listing has been removed!

  5. Scam listing from "Donna Blair" Cars.com listing

    I’m the first owner. The car has a clear title in hand and a clean carfax, see attachment. Runs and drives great, never in an accident.
    I’m selling the car because my husband passed away and I want to make someone happy as we were when we bought it. I feel that someone else could get more enjoyment and better use out of it right now based on where I am in my life.
    I got so many emails and calls for this car, I really can not cope with so many requests , inspections, or any kind of appointments , I’m not a dealer I’m a woman that just lost her husband, I really don’t want to handle all that money.
    For both our protection I prefer to use SafeTrade Online for this transaction. they will give you 3 days to inspect the car at your shipping address and the option to accept it or reject it, that’s why I asked for your location. I’ll send you all the details if you are interested.

  6. From: Rachel Baum
    10:58 AM (6 hours ago)
    I’m selling the car because my husband passed away and I want to make someone happy as we were when we bought it. I feel that someone else could get more enjoyment and better use out of it right now based on where I am in my life.
    I can ship you the car for $750. I’ll ship you the car using Uship.com, they are a fast and reliable shipping service. Shipping service will be: " door to door enclosed shipping service ", they will deliver and unload at your shipping address.
    I got so many emails and calls for this car, I really can not cope with so many requests , inspections, or any kind of appointments , I’m not a dealer I’m a woman that just lost her husband, I really don’t want to handle all that money. Since my husband passed away I feel so alone and unprotected.
    For both our protection I prefer to use SafeTrade Online for this transaction. they will give you 3 days to inspect the car at your shipping address and the option to accept it or reject it for a full refund, that’s why I asked for your location. I’ll send you all the details if you are interested.

  7. from carmen73reynolds@gmail.con:
    I’d be happy to meet with you for a test. But now I’m in Fort Hood, Texas. I moved back with with my parents. The truck is already at eBay’s warehouse here in Killeen, Texas along with all the paperwork, the signed title and bill of sale. The transaction will be done through them. eBay will secure the shipping, the payment, and the paper exchange. The truck is ready to be delivered to your place. You will have free shipping and 5 days to test drive and inspect the truck before I receive any money from eBay. If you are really interested in buying my truck, please reply with your full name, full shipping address and a phone#, I will forward this details to eBay and they will contact you with all the information on how to buy it

  8. Renee Madeline

    Gumtree Scam in Greater London Area UK

    Hi

    I’m in TQ2 5NX. As I told before, I’m ready to leave the country. The car is already at the shipping company sealed in their warehouse, ready for delivery. The deal is handled by Amazon so I don’t have much to do with it. Using Amazon, you get free shipping, at your place in 2 or 3 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back at my expense. For more info on how it works, I can send you the Amazon link with more details on how to buy it. They will contact you shortly, as soon as I have some personal details. If you would like to receive the email from Amazon with all the transaction information, please reply with your whole name, address and phone # and they will contact you right away. If you want more details about the transaction before go ahead please let me know.
    Best Regards
    Thea

  9. Hi Sally,
    Yes it have Rego and Rwc. The van is still up for sale dear. I work as a flight attendant so I’m not open to meet my customer…that’s why I chose to sell the van online using Amazon services to close the deal. The option to make the deal in person is not available right now since most of the time I’m on the plane. I’m sorry…the van will be shipped to your home and you will get it in about 2 days and you won’t pay any money for this since I already got it paid for….I had someone interested to buy it and paid the shipping but his loan was rejected by his bank and he was not able to buy it from me…The single way to make it happen is to buy it online using Amazon to close the deal and to get the van shipped overnight to your home address. If you got the need it money and you agree to proceed further in this deal to buy the van from me please include in your next email your full name and your full shipping address, city, state, zip code and your phone number to register you as my buyer with Amazon so they can send you the Invoice trough email regarding our deal, payment and shipping information. Is only up to you if the Audi is going to be delivered to your home or not. Let me know either way so I know what I have to do further because I do talk to someone else but he doesn’t have all the need it money available to buy it from me…. so if you got the need it money and you want to be the next owner of this van please reply back with your shipping info. Thanks
    helenethmsh@gmail.com

  10. Samantha Elliott

    Hello there,

    Thank you for contacting me about my 2009 Toyota Venza with 2.7L Engine and 115,880 miles it’s automatic, 6Cyl.
    The vehicle is in great shape & immaculate condition and I’m the original owner. It has no damage,or hidden defects. I have a clear title, under my name.The price is firm, $2,000. 6Cyl engine (peppy but fuel efficient), 4 Wheel Disc Brakes (new pads and rotors all the way around, serviced two months ago), Bluetooth calling and music streaming (Syncs perfectly to my iPhone, I’m sure Android would be fine too), Premium sound system with 6 speaker surround, Front driver, passenger, and Side-curtain air bags.
    I’m selling it because my husband died 1 month ago (he had a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories so that’s the reason I want to sell it asap. My daughter and I decided to sell the house and so we moved with my parents in Lawrence, KS trying to start a new life. I want to use Amazon’s Service for the safety of both of us so if you’re interested in purchasing the vehicle just email me with your full name, P.o. Box or address including the zip code and phone number, so I can notify Amazon that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
    Thank you,
    Cami M. Crutcher

  11. Hello there,

    Thank you for contacting me about my 2003 Toyota Tacoma Pre Runner SR5 with 3.4L V6 Engine and 93,126 miles it’s automatic runs on gasoline.The vehicle is in great shape & immaculate condition and I’m the original owner.It has no damage,or hidden defects.I have a clear title, under my name.The price is firm, $2,500. I’m selling it because my husband died 1 month ago (he had a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories so that’s the reason I want to sell it asap. My daughter and I decided to sell the house and so we moved with my parents in Lawrence, KS trying to start a new life. I want to use Amazon’s Service for the safety of both of us so if you’re interested in purchasing the vehicle just email me with your full name, P.o. Box or address including the zip code and phone number, so I can notify Amazon that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Thank you,
    Anna A. Wilson

  12. watch out for WDO AGENOR SHIPPING, currently doing up a too good to be true sales "scam" through autotrader, they have sent me all the correct contracts, wire transfers, vehicle inspection reports and yes, all of the bells and whistles you have in the write up above. I have money in hand ready to transfer and my gut says no! tried to call the number they called on a couple days ago, no answer, contacted their regional office, even spoke to management office in the building, doesn’t exist, the website is very elaborate and looks on the up and up, but for the past 3 hours after I called the bluff no e-mail responses from the seller or agency. even tried to contact the crypto currency office in the UK to speak to them directly, no go. would have been a $10 grande mistake if I pressed send today. luck on my side I guess

  13. In response to this online car sell post, received the following response:

    http://autos.nj.com/detail/make-honda/model-civic/location-newark-nj/detail-2223585578958702443

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2009 Honda Civic LX-S Sedan 1.8L I4 16V MPFI SOHC. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 44,060 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Havelock, NC. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $2,500 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s1253.photobucket.com/user/civic09honda/library/?view=recent&page=1

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Vincent Connor

  14. Well I got allll excited to find this amazing deal in our LOCAL PAPER but as soon as I received the response I suspected it was a scam. See our full conversation below:
    ME: Good morning,
    My aunt saw the Honda CR-V you listed in the paper this morning and we are VERY interested. May I ask if it is still available? If so, where are you located?
    "AMANDA ROWE" Hello,
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L 2.4L I4. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 56,833 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Havelock, NC. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album:http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/blue07cr-v/library/?view=recent&page=1

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Amanda Rowe

    ME: Thank you so much for the response Amanda. I will forward this information to my aunt and let you know. She will most definitely want to speak with you via phone before committing. Do you have a good phone # she could contact you on?

    "AMANDA ROWE": Crystal,
    I will be more than happy to speak with you over the phone, but I only have access to a government computer here (because i’m in mission right now) so we have to make this via mail, if that is not a problem. As soon as the transaction starts eBay Motors will contact you by phone. I am a serious person trying to sell his car. I’m not playing with people’s money and I have the same request from you.. I’ve attached the title copy to this email. I’ve attached photo and with Carfax. I like to do business in person, but my job allows me not. The car is sealed and ready for shipment. The car is in NC, Havelock. We decided to post the car on several cities so we can sell it faster. The car looks just like in the pictures. I can send a copy of the car title and carfax. To see that I do not lie! The car will be delivered to you. The total price is $ 3,000. All costs are covered! You have 5 days to inspect the car. This is more than fair. I give you my word, the car works perfectly! In order to register you as my client I will need your full name, full shipping address along with your home/cell # and I will get everything started as soon as possible. eBay Motors will contact you then with further instructions. Let me know.

    Thanks!

  15. Just got this…thought it was fishy…

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2008 Honda CR-V 4WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi 2.4L 4Cyl. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 89,047 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Havelock, NC. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s1174.photobucket.com/user/white08crv/library/?sort=3&page=1

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Amanda Rowe

  16. Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2006 Honda Civic EX Sedan 1.8L V4 16V MPFI. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 102,287 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Havelock, NC. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $2,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/civic06black/library/?view=recent&page=1

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Vincent Connor

  17. Hi again,
    First of all I must tell you that I’m located in Great Falls, MT. I am at the hospital with my daughter and because of that I’ve chosen to handle the sale online through Amazon because they are the best company when it comes to this kind of transactions. This way we can both be protected and insured.

    You will receive the signed title and the bill of sale with the car. The car is registered under my name and the title is clear (no liens).

    You will receive the car in 3-4 days and you will have the chance to inspect it for 5 days. During the inspection period you can test drive the car or go with it to your local mechanic for inspection. The car will be delivered directly to your address as soon as Amazon confirms your payment.

    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you will receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
    If you don’t like it and want to return it, Amazon will arrange to ship it back (no extra costs) and you will be fully refunded by Amazon.

    If you’re interested, please include in your next email your contact info for Amazon (buyer’s full name&shipping address), so I can notify them that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Hopefully, I’ve made myself understood and we will be closing the deal. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  18. The advert selling the Honda SUV that’s previously been tagged as a fraud with a female marine sellers name is still out there on lots of sites. Currently using the name Vincent Conner or Connor and email Vincent.connor11@gmail
    The tell tale signs are there – if the persons American why can’t they speak English? Read the adverts and messages properly guys, Nigerian scammers always make grammatical and spelling mistakes that give the game away.

    The wording below changes slightly, like the mileage and where the person is deployed to, but they are too stupid to change anything else other than their name.

    Hello ,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L, 4cyl. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 65,158 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new Goodyear tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Denver, CO. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound. Etc Etc

  19. I was looking to do one with the company called Global Transport The Cellar who was overseas said he set it up with them for he left and it looks legitimate but I’m worried it’s a scam

  20. Michael Wright

    My girlfriend was recently involved in a car scam off Craigslist she paid the money and everything can you please help her PLEASE

  21. From February 9th Boston Craigslist Ad:

    Hello ,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L, 4cyl. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 65,158 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new Goodyear tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Denver, CO. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s50.photobucket.com/user/2007-Honda-CR-V-EX-I4/library/

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt. Diane Barrow
    USMC ANG 116 AMXS

  22. My 16 yo child who is very excited to be buying the first car fell for this hook line and sinker. Gave them full name and address and all. Now what do I do? I found out after the fact..

  23. Mrs. Gwen W. Rippy

    I had a phone call telling me I had won a 2016 Blue BMW 4-door. ALL I had to do was PAY the TAXES for 1/2 the delivery cost. I was also told it was from THE LOTTERY. I DID call the LOTTERY people the next morning. The lady that called me was persistent in all her information, BUT I DID LISTEN TO ALL HER INFORMATION. The LOTTERY will NOT call you; the TAXES are taken WHEN you take your winning TICKET to the lottery company for redemption. SHE called back about 3 times to make a DEAL regarding the TAXES. I was given options of: BORROW the money, POST DATE a check, or PAY the money WHEN the car would be delivered to MY HOME! I was told by the lottery company to call my local police. I did, BUT THEY NEVER CALL ME BACK. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE CALLER FOR TIPS OF SCAMMING INFORMATION. THIS IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR FOR UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE TO TRY ALL TYPES OF TRICKS TO TAKE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY FROM YOU ILLEGALLY. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BE SAFE AND ALWAYS ALERT!

  24. Thank you guys for posting and passing on this information. . I had a feeling something wasn’t right and I’m so glad i looked into it Because all i did was Google Sgt Diane Barrow and this popped up right away. Just goes to show if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Thanks again Ashley for copying the email because they are still using the exact one and still trying to scam innocent people. So sad I’m disgusted

  25. Got the same message at 4am today (below). Was looking for a mid sized suv for the new england weather.

    Hello ,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L, 4cyl. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 52,758 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new Goodyear tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Denver, CO. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s50.photobucket.com/user/2007-Honda-CR-V-EX-I4/library/

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt. Diane Barrow
    USMC ANG 116 AMXS

  26. I saw a Toyota 2011 listed at $4,000. I did want to buy it figured the person just didn’t know what price to ask, or put wrong price on accident. I was trying to help by telling "her" your inbox is going to fill up in 10 minutes if you don’t change the price. Trying to help the person. "She" goes by Sgt. Sandra Morgan
    USMC ANG 116 AMXS

    What can happen now that I have been scammed it appears on craigslist. Can they hack my computer?

    https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/5912136497.html

    https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/5912136497.html

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  27. I cannot believe that this scam is so common. I lost 2000 in this scam and I was told by the police that I will probably not get it back. My ordeal started on Craigslist but went to the eBay Motors website. I was really shocked when I learned that the MoneyGram I sent to the scammers could not be traced.

  28. Be ware of this person. Also uses "eBay Motors"

    Hello ,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L, 4cyl. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 52,758 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new Goodyear tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Denver, CO. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album: http://s50.photobucket.com/user/2007-Honda-CR-V-EX-I4/library/

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt. Diane Barrow
    USMC ANG 116 AMXS

  29. Beware of this guy posting a fake Lexus online. Instead of Amazon Fulfillment Centre as featured in the article he uses the name "eBay Motors", claiming to be the real deal.

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2008 Lexus IS250. Engine: 2.5L V6. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it only has 74,733 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens. It has new tires.

    I bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Havelock, NC. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

    I have dropped my price to $3,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 2-3 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with eBay Motors. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Motors service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album:http://s61.photobucket.com/user/white08lexxus/library/?view=recent&page=1

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt. Frank Conner
    USMC ANG 116 AMXS

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