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FBI, eBay warn of car sales scam

FBI, eBay warn of car sales scam

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Thinking of buying a car online? The FBI and eBay are warning car shoppers about criminals listing cars at rock-bottom prices, making up sad stories about why they need to sell so low and assuring buyers that the eBay “Vehicle Purchase Protection” will cover the buyer if there are any problems.

Of course, that’s not how the deal goes down. Instead, shoppers are enticed to send their payment via Western Union or Moneygram. Do that, and a crook will be driving away with your cash. Sources tell me that many of these schemes are run out of Romania and despite hundreds of arrests, the fraud continues.

Wire transfer scams take many forms, but always end up with someone’s money disappearing. Bottom line: Don’t wire money to someone who offers to sell you something or buy something from you, especially if you encountered that person online.

FBI alert 

eBay warning



Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 08/15/2011 05:46:50 PM | 

I think I found a car scam through Craigslist and stating that the car is being held by Ebay. If you need a copy of the emails let me know andf i will forward them to you
Posted by: Mike Ramirez ( Email ) at 12/7/2012 2:21 PM

I think I found a possible scammer from craigslist with the same issue. Im unsure as to whether or not they are scamming me.
Posted by: Jonathan Jones ( Email ) at 3/14/2013 8:52 AM

Theres a page named and I saw a car for sale apparently through ebay. The lady told me is in spain but the car its here in puerto rico where im interested on buying. The price its unbelievable and im scare they are scaming me. The car its a toyota camry 2002. Ots listed for sale in that page and the price is for 1, 799. Please chrck it out. [All Consuming Moderators Response Thank you for your question. The situation you are describing may be a scam called Advance Fee Fraud which is very common on the internet. If the car is being sold on eBay’s website or by one of their sellers you may want to contact eBay to verify that the ad and sale is being conducted through their website and what protections you may have if you choose to purchase the car. You can also review some additional information about Advanced Fee Fraud on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at]
Posted by: carmen ( Email ) at 8/16/2013 7:05 AM

I believe I may be looking at a scam. Car found on Craigslist, can't find it on ebay but they state car is being held by ebay.
Sad story sent as to reason for selling so cheap.
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lw): If you feel you have been the victim of a scam you can file a complaint with our Consumer Protection Division by calling 800-551-4636 between 10am and 3pm
Posted by: Aaron D. ( Email ) at 1/28/2014 1:50 PM

To whom it may concern:
My friend just lost 2,500.00 dollars on whatever the she believed on ebay. Is there any way that we can find out who did it or at least we can stop these scam preventing innocent people keep losing the money...
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lk): Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 between 10 am and 3 pm with more details regarding the situation and they can help you file a consumer complaint.
Posted by: Young Thanh Doan ( Email ) at 8/14/2014 12:36 PM

I need help I thought i was buying a truck off craigslist of springfield, Mo going through ebaybuyers protection program when in reality I got took for 1,500. Dollars the site seems real enough the man said he was in the military what do I need to do?
And can I get my money refunded from ebay buyers protection program
Thank You
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lk): Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 between 10 am and 3 pm for more information
Posted by: Paul ( Email ) at 8/21/2014 5:01 PM

pretty sure i've found a scammer claiming to be military ready for deployment next week. have not sent money yet. any advice?
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lk): Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 to report any instance where you suspect a scam.
Posted by: sharon spence ( Email ) at 9/29/2014 8:19 PM

I have found the same scam! 2002 Toyota held by eBay sales service. Vehicle being sold by, Sgt Barbara Cooper of the USAF. The story is she's being shipped out to Afghanistan in December. The vehicle is priced at $2,500.
Posted by: Gary Snider ( Email ) at 11/19/2014 3:13 AM

2005headligths Nissan Murano

Ran into this one while looking for a secondary vehicle. Definitely a scam; the person doesn't even know how to spell and/or is unaware to the autocorrect option.
Posted by: Very unhappy. ( Email ) at 12/10/2014 10:49 PM

here is one scam that i found. so glad that i did some research on scams before making a decision. i have phone numbers and email addresses for this and another person claiming the exact same thing. email me if whoever it may concern would like the contact information.
Posted by: Stephanie ( Email ) at 1/21/2015 7:59 AM

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