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Open Intercom Scam: How It Works

You are ready to buy a car and schedule a visit to the dealership. You don't buy a new car every week, so you decide it's a good idea to bring along a friend who has auto experience. You ask them to give you a signal or intervene if the salesperson is trying to take advantage of you during the negotiation.

You pick out your car and the three of you head into the sales office for a more detailed discussion. The salesperson presents you with all the terms and gives you a few moments to discuss. When they leave, your friend tells you all of their reservations about the deal.

After a few minutes the salesperson returns. The discussion goes really well: they know exactly what to tell you to get to you to buy today and you do.

What you didn't know is that they left the intercom on and listened to your entire conversation in the next room. You might have been able to talk the car down even further if they didn't already know your hand.

Watch the video below to see more scams pulled by dealers and things to check for when buying a car:

 

Buying A Car From A Dealership Scams Video

 

Open Intercom Scam: How It Works

It's not a bad idea to leave the dealership and come back, or go for a 5-minute walk with your friend.

 

Open Intercom Scam: How To Report

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

Report To The FTC Here

 

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