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Today I want to talk about these scams you commonly see on eBay (please see eBay scams) or Craigslist (please see Craigslist Scams). Maybe you have seen it in your local classified ads to when buying or selling a car. I don’t know, maybe it is just me, but I am not a fan of buying and selling cars online (well, what I mean is sending someone money to ship a car.) A car/truck is a big investment and people are getting ripped off like crazy with this scam.
Not saying you can use the Internet to look at cars that are local and then go look at them in person. That is ok, and recommended.
These scammers are persistent because it is high payoff for them. Basically, they will approach you and try to send you more money with a cashiers check in order to get you interested. (please see overpayment scams) They want you to ship the car because they are out of town, too far away, or one of the million other reasons they will give you. They don’t mind emailing you back and fourth in order to make several thousands of dollars at a time.
Lets say they even want to pay you through Paypal which they are now doing. This is secure right? Well, if you have been reading my other post recently you might think twice about it again. Seems like, I have been covering a lot material on Paypal and eBay lately. But really chargebacks (please see chargeback scams) are a way people are getting away with several thousand dollars scams. Even worse is the seller will then lose their car. Talk about getting screwed over!
The moral of the story is just don’t send someone a car/truck if they pay you PayPal or want to send you a check (even bank check.) 99.9% of these fake and you will get burned really bad! Just use your head, too.
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