Don’t fall for the price-based used car scam

The Better Business Bureau serving the Canton and Greater West Virginia region offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

With used cars in high demand, keep an eye out for prices that are too good to be true.

Used cars are in high demand and scammers know it. Scammers are taking advantage of buyers who turn to online platforms in search of a used vehicle at a reasonable price. Beware of this latest twist and prices that are too good to be true.

How the scam works

You are buying a used vehicle on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or another online platform. You find the brand and model you want at an excellent price.

However, when he contacts the seller, he discovers that the vehicle is in another city. Fortunately, the seller knows a shipping company that can deliver it to you. All he needs to do is pay the trucking company, which will hold the funds in escrow until the vehicle is delivered. Many scammers will add a sad story meant to touch your heart. For example, they may claim that the car belonged to a relative who passed away.

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