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Avoid Scams and Fraud

While we do our best to curb scam and fraud listings with the assistance from our community,  there is just no guarantee that all listings are from reputable publishers so we can not be responsible for the accuracy or legitimacy of any listings or the validity of any interested party. We do offer a 'Verified Publisher' status for a yearly fee, we make contact with the publisher and confirm their current contact details are legit and then mark their accounts with a verified badge, but we really can't verify anything else outside that scope.


We do not tolerate scammers or fraud on our site, so as soon as it is identified the publisher will be immediately denied access from our website, and all associated listings removed. Please read below for some helpful hints and tips.

 

AVOID SCAM TIPS

 

  • NEVER wire money, western union, or use a bank-to-bank transfer in any transaction.
  • ALWAYS deal locally when buying, selling or trading anything, find a public safe place to meet, always take a friend and let people know where and when you are going to meet anyone.
  • DO NOT sell or buy any high value items from someone who is unable or unwilling to meet you face to face. Ask for any receipts or warranties to help legitimize the item and value.
  • NEVER trust someone who says that the transaction is GUARANTEED by eBay, Craigslist, PayPal, or other online marketplace. These sites explicitly DO NOT guarantee that people using their services are legitimate either.
  • BEWARE of people who want to conclude a transaction as quickly as possible. Scammers want to get your money before you have time to think or have a second opnion on their deal.
  • ALWAYS trust your gut. If a deal feels “fishy” or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Plenty of people use the internet to buy and sell items every day. The vast majority of these transactions are legitimate and go smoothly. Losing out on a “great” deal in order to work with someone you trust could save you big in avoiding a possible scam.
  • DON'T believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. 
  • BE skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel.
  • NEVER give out your personal financial information.
  • IF it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • WALK away from job listings that ask for money in advance.
  • EXAMINE items carefully, inspect to make sure everything powers on and works as described/intended. 

 

The “Price Too Good to Be True” scam

In this scam, a prospective buyer sees an attractive-looking car (often a classic or exotic car) for a price well below market value. When the buyer contacts the seller, he or she is notified that the seller and the car is outside of the country and will arrange for shipment of the car upon receipt of payment, most often via wire transfer (such as Western Union) or bank-to-bank transfer (for very large payments). When the money is transferred and collected, the “seller” breaks contact and the buyer is out the money.

 

The overpayment scam

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.

 

Escrow scams

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 (again, often an exotic or classic car priced, but usually priced well below market value). 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.

 

 

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