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Car Sale Scams on the Rise says Better Business Bureau

By Joel Arellano | July 15, 2010
Looking for a car and see one for sale for $2000 (or less!) on some website? You may want to reconsider says the Better Business Bureau. The consumer protection corporation recently issued a warning about websites scamming people by offering used vehicles at impossible prices. Many of these frauds are using logos and text of legitimate business entities like the BBB or Carfax to trick people that their site is real. The thieves sometimes even pose as legitimate use car dealers to lure unsuspecting buyers. The full article can be found here. So what can people do to protect themselves? Tips include:
  • The old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true” is extremely appropriate when buying vehicles on-line.
  • Be wary if the seller has no phone number or can’t be reached by phone.
  • Be extremely suspicious if they won’t allow you to inspect the vehicle in question even for a test drive.
  • Bolt if they only accept payment through transfer of funds.
via CBS News
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