Stories of used car buyers being scammed by bogus sellers using online classified ads as a vehicle for fraud are common these days. As we’ve discussed on recent blogs, it’s important to meet sellers in person and avoid unverified online sellers. However, a recent news report by KSL in Utah, reminds us that meeting a seller in person in no way guarantees authenticity or honesty.
For example, the KSL article is about an individual who was scammed $500 after meeting the seller of the vehicle in person and taking a test drive. Further, both the buyer and his father said the seller seemed honest. However, when the buyer said he did not have with him the full amount of money needed to make the deal, the seller insisted there were other buyers waiting, and convinced the buyer to make a $500 down payment on the vehicle and meet later at the seller’s house to complete the deal. Unfortunately, left with a phony Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and fake personal information, the meeting at the seller’s home did not take place and the buyer was out $500.00. The Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce told KSL that the fraudulent seller has most likely victimized other individuals.
If you’ve been the victim of a fraudulent car sale, contact California used car fraud attorney Howard D. Silver for assistance. Call (855) 341-2611 for a complimentary case review.