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Automotive glass, mechanics, car rental, we give you the low down on the traps in the auto industry.

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Buyers are more empowered than ever thanks in large part to the Internet and its offerings of car reviews, vehicle history reports, detailed listings etc. Unfortunately, the internet has given scammers a new method to find and exploit auto-repair victims.

 

 

Unfortunately, NCL’s Fraud Center also hears frequently from consumers who have fallen victim to fraud when purchasing a car via some online services. Different scams tend to affect buyers and sellers. 

 

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Many consumers are rightfully wary of sending large amounts of money to someone they’ve never met. Scammer frequently recommend the use of fake “escrow” services that will hold funds involved in the transaction until both parties are satisfied that the transaction has been completed. In a typical scam, a legitimate buyer will be approached by a scammer selling a car. The scam seller will offer to ship the car and that there is no risk of fraud due to the “escrow” service (purportedly eBay, PayPal, or another service). Once the money is transferred, contact is broken (or sometimes additional funds are requested to cover “unforeseen” events). In any case, the legitimate buyer never receives a car and loses their money. Chattanooga Real Estate Doctor

A legitimate seller posts a car for sale. He or she is then contacted by a prospective “buyer” (really a scammer) who offers to send a cashier’s check immediately plus additional funds to cover shipment of the car overseas. When the check arrives, the seller is instructed to deposit it and wire the overage to the “shipper.” When this is done and the wire transfer picked up, the “buyer” breaks contact and the seller is left on the hook to their bank for the fraudulent check and the missing funds. Easy Auto Glass

NEVER wire money or use a bank-to-bank transfer in a transaction. ALWAYS try to deal locally when buying or selling an automobile or other high-value merchandise. DO NOT sell or buy a car from someone who is unable or unwilling to meet you face to face. Chattanooga Home Inspector

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