Ebay Car Scams
Ebay Car Scams
Here are the keys to this transaction:
- EBay and Craigslist are competitors. In fact, they’re suing each other right now. EBay does not help out with any dealings that are not being executed on eBay, and especially not with a competitor. GM doesn’t warranty Toyota cars. EBay doesn’t guarantee Craigslist transactions either.
- Any time someone wants you to pay through Western Union or some other money transfer service, that’s a huge red flag. Those services are the next best thing to sending cash through the mail. They’re great if you are sending money to someone you already know and trust, a family member for example. However, they’re immediate and non-cancellable. Once you’ve sent the money, you can’t get it back and the thief knows that too. The thief is using a fake name too, so when they pick up their money (and it is theirs now), its gone forever. Do not pay using a money transfer service!
Thankfully, these potential victims have come to us first and asked about this transaction. We’ve been able to stop them before they made the mistake and helped them report these fraudsters. One of the potential victims was claiming that this transaction couldn’t be a fake because the person was so nice and polite. We finally convinced her not to send her hard-earned $3000.
If you have been approached by someone online or in world wide web and this situation sounds familiar, run far and run fast from this deal!
How to can I Identify eBay Car Scam
As the exchange household items on the Internet have become more ordinary, people have sought to buy larger things online. Car listings became so numerous on eBay that they were soon given their own site eBay Motors. Buying a new or used car through eBay can be quicker and easier than shopping the car lots, but there are also some scams run by those willing to take a buyer's money.
1. Check out the seller's reputation. Read the feedback comments and look at his past auctions to see what he was selling. Make sure he has not sold the same car several times or offered the same hard luck story over and over. Feedback is the first step to recognizing scams.
2. Read through the car's information and details and make sure you understand the whole thing in it. Ask query to clarify the circumstances of the car and what type of warranty will be offered.
3. Pay attention to the methods of payment that is established. Pay through a protected means, such as credit cards or through PayPal instead of a wire transfer of any kind. Scams usually involve wire transfers.
4. Cut off communication by phone calls or by live chats with a merchant who tells you that he is selling an inexpensive new or used car from overseas and will ship it to you, as it is most likely a scam. Always keep in mind that any deal like this would be prohibitively high-priced for a seller and is simply too good to be true.
5. Step away from the deals if the merchant asks you to overpay and tells you that the overage, plus some, will be refunded to you.