VIDEO: FBI warns of phony online car sales as tax refunds roll in

VIDEO: FBI warns of phony online car sales as tax refunds roll in


A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FUNERAL HOME SEEKING $1 MILLION FOR GROSS NEGLIGENC>>Ursula: NEW ON THE “NIGHT BEAT,” TARGETING YOUR MONEY. SCAMMERS ARE ON THE PROWL RIGHT NOW LOOKING TO STEAL YOUR TAX REFUND. ONE OF THE POPULAR SCAMS, FRAUDULENT ONLINE CAR SALES. COURTNEY FRIEDMAN WITH A WARNING FROM THE FBI AND HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF.>>Reporter: POSTINGS LIKE THIS ONE. A 2006 ACURA FOR $2000. OR THIS ONE, A 2005 ACURA TL FIRST OWNER FOR JUST OVER $1,000. THEY LOOK LIKE GREAT DEALS, BUT THEY’RE MOST LIKELY SCAMS.>>THE PRICE TAGS ARE EXTREMELY ENTICING.>>Reporter: THE FBI SAYS FROM MAY 2014 TO DECEMBER 2017, THE INTERNET CRIME COME PLANELOA PLAINTS CENTER HAS RECEIVED NEARLY 27,000 COMPLAINTS FOR THESE TYPES OF COMPLAINT SALES. THE AGENCY SAYS THAT AMOUNTS TO MORE THAN $54 MILLION IN ADJUSTED LOSSES.>>PEOPLE HAVE BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE PURCHASING ALL SORTS OF THINGS ONLINE. WITH THAT COMFORT LEVEL, WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BECOMING MAYBE A LITTLE MORE CARELESS.>>Reporter: SO HERE’S HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM. MAKE SURE THE PHOTOS MATCH THE DESCRIPTION, AND IF THERE’S AN URGENCY TO COMPLETE THE SALE, BEWARE.>>THEY PROVIDE REASONS WHY THEY’RE SELLING THE ITEM AT SUCH A DISCOUNT. YOU KNOW, I JUST GOT DIVORCE, I’M HAVING TO LICK W QUIDATE MY ASSETS.>>YOU CAN SEE SHE’S LISTED THE SAME EXACT CAR MORE THAN 50 TIMES AND IN ALL DIFFERENT CITIES.>>WE NEED TO REMIND THE PUBLIC TO BE VERY SKEPTICAL.>>Myra: ANOTHER TIP, BEWARE OF SELLERS WHO WANT MONEY WIRED O’ER WANT PAYMENT IN GIFT CARDS. YOU’VE SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT SOME SITES DON’T OFFER BUYER PROTECTION, ESPECIALLY WHERE SELLERS CAN LIST ADS FOR FREE LIKE CRAIGSLIST OR OFFER UP. FOR MORE, JUST HEAD TO KSAT.COM,