It came to our attention that Scammers / Con Artists are using our Name and Logo to scam innocent clients!!! Please beware when trading online! 

Imagine that you are looking for a used car. You find exactly the one you want, at a very attractive price.

The ad has photos galore and even a link to a vehicle history report, which shows the car is in good condition and has a clean title. There’s an email address for inquiries, but no phone number, so you write for details. In the seller’s reply, he volunteers with some sort of excuse as to why the car is so cheap!

If you want the car, he explains, it’s easily done: Just wire the payment. If you look at the car and decide you don’t want it, you’ll be refunded. So what could go wrong?

Plenty. That scenario, with some variation, is an online car-shopping fraud that has played out more than 29,000 times since 2014. Would-be buyers have been swindled out of more than 54 million as of December 2017, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The fake car ads use information cloned from actual listings. The sellers aren’t who they say they are — these are just stories that have been used to further the scam.

HOW TO avoid being scammed

Always obtain check the buyer or seller’s details, and never buy a car without viewing it and/or the seller. Never physically handover a sold car until the money appears, avoid – or be vary skeptical about – overseas buyers/sellers and unconventional payment methods and urgency or pressure from the buyer or seller.

Avoid rushing into anything – these things can (and should) take time and a legitimate buyer/seller will understand this. Research the vehicle’s value, verify the seller/buyer’s personal information, schedule an AA-style inspection, especially if the vehicle is not local, and check for monies owed. And avoid emailing personal info or credit card details. A little homework and caution could be the difference between a good buy and a goodbye to a load of money.


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