The IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) receives numerous complaints related to auto fraud scams. Although there are variations, the typical scam involves a consumer finding a vehicle on a legitimate website which is often below market value. The fraudster claims they must sell the vehicle quickly because they are relocating for work or being deployed by the military and are in need of money.
The criminal refuses to meet in person, will not allow an inspection of the vehicle, and often attempts to rush the sale.
To make the deal appear legitimate, the criminal instructs the victim to wire full or partial payment to a third-party agent and to fax the payment receipt to the seller as proof of payment. The fraudster keeps the money but does not deliver the vehicle.
Let your community know about this type of scam so they can avoid it. Now that’s crime prevention!