6 OYS Investigations: Online car sales scam

6 OYS Investigations: Online car sales scam


KRISTIN: LISTEN UP, THE CAR YOU SEE FOR SALE ON CRAIGSLIST MAY LEARNED THIS LESSON THE HARD WAY. HE TOLD SIX ON YOUR SIDE CONSUMER REPORTER DON DARE THE VEHICLE HE HAD HIS EYE ON WAS BEING SOLD BY A SOLDIER. DON: AND HE DIDN’T SUSPECT IT WAS A SCAM UNTIL HE HAD SENT OFF SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. SELLING OR BUYING CARS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER THANKS TO CRAIGSLIST, BUT SCAMS AWAIT THE UNWARY. FRAUDULENT POSTINGS ARE NOW ETHAN CUNNINGHAM: WELL I GOT INTO A WRECK. IT WAS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO WHEN ETHAN CUNNINGHAM BANGED UP HIS 16 YEAR OLD HONDA ODYSSEY. THERE’S A LOT OF FRONT END DAMAGE. IT’S STILL DRIVABLE, BUT ETHAN WAS HOPING TO GET ANOTHER VEHICLE . WHEN HE SAW THIS 15 YEAR OLD TOYOTA 4 RUNNER ON CRAIGSLIST IT WAS A GREAT DEAL — SO HE BELIEVED. ETHAN CUNNINGHAM: IT WAS A 2-THOUSAND AND FOUR. IT ONLY HAD 92-THOUSAND MILES, IT WAS GARAGE KEPT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT’S GOT NO LIENS OR LOANS ON IT. THE PRICE WAS REDUCED TO 18- HUNDRED. I THOUGHT IT WAS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP. IT WAS REALLY SOLDIER. ETHAN: NATIONAL GUARD AND SHE WAS BEING SHIPPED OUT FOR SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY, THAT’S WHY SHE WAS TRYING TO SELL IT SO FAST. THEN HE RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE, ETHAN BELIEVING IT WAS FROM THE SELLER. ETHAN READS: BEFORE LEAVING SHE HAD HER CAR PRE-ARRANGED THROUGH EBAY AND ETHAN; THE EBAY THAT CONTACTED ME, I SENT 18- HUNDRED DOLLARS IN EBAY GIFT CARDS. I HAD TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE GIFT CARDS AND RECEIPTS AND SEND THEM THROUGH WHAT I THOUGHT WAS EBAY. ONCE IN THE MONEY WAS IN THE HANDS OF THE SCAMMERS, THEY WANTED MORE MONEY FROM ETHAN. ETHAN:THEY SAID THEY COULDN’T SHIP IT BECAUSE THE VALUE OF THE CAR WAS UNDERVALUED BY THE SELLER. THIS TIME THEY WANTED 800 DOLLARS TO COVER SOME MADE UP INSURANCE FEE. ETHAN: BECAUSE THE INSURANCE THE SELLER HAD DIDN’T COVER THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE VEHICLE. DARE: SO YOU? ETHAN: SENT 8-HUNDRED MORE DOLLARS. ETHAN: ASSURED ME I WOULD GET THE 8-HUNDRED DOLLARS BACK UPON ARRIVAL. DARE: THEN YOU’RE CONTACTED A THIRD TIME? ETHAN: THEY DID. THEY WANTED A THOUSAND MORE DOLLARS, THEY SAID IT WAS A BORDER FEE. WHEN THEY SAID THAT, THAT’S WHEN I CAUGHT THAT IT WAS A SCAM. NO WHERE IS THERE GOING TO BE A BORDER FEE HERE ARE THE RED FLAGS ABOUT THIS PHONY DEAL. – EBAY IS NEVER INVOLVED WITH TRANSACTIONS FROM OTHER SITES LIKE CRAIGSLIST. – YOU CANNOT MEET THE SELLER OR LOOK AT THE VEHICLE PRIOR TO SENDING A PAYMENT. – THE VEHICLE IS ADVERTISED WELL BELOW WHAT IT IS WORTH. DARE: HERE ARE 4 RUNNERS 2004, THIS IS FROM KELLY BLUE BOOK. ETHAN: YES, OH YEA. THERE’S ONE THAT’S TEN THOUSAND, 9 THOUSAND, 8 THOUSAND. DARE: YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND A 2004, 4 RUNNER FOR 18-HUNDRED DOLLARS. ETHAN: NO, YOU’RE REALLY NOT. DARE: AND THESE ARE VEHICLE WITH 150 TO 200 THOUSAND MILES ON THEM. ETHAN: YES, IT’S A REAL EYE OPENER. ETHAN TODAY PUT MONEY TOWARDS A CAR AGAIN. DON: ON IT’S WEBSITE, CRAIGSLIST SAYS IF YOU DEAL LOCALLY, FACE TO FACE, YOU WILL AVOID 99 PERCENT OF ALL SCAM ATTEMPTS. ALSO, WHEN YOU SHOP ON CRAIGSLIST, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE APPROXIMATE VALUE OF THE FOR VEHICLES PRICES, USE TRUSTED RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET, SUCH AS KELLEY BLUE BOOK OR NADA GUIDES BO AND KRISTIN, CRAIGSLIST IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP. THE KEY IS DEAL WITH SOMEONE LOCAL. BO: IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER QUESTION FOR DON — SEND HIM AN EMAIL AT D-DARE AT W-A-T-E DOT COM, OR CALL HIS SIX ON YOUR SIDE HOTLINE NUMBER AT 865- 633-5974.