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We have recently been involved in or received information about online scams involving the purchase of RVs and autos.
Bogus RV For Sale Scam
I was recently involved in a scam where a seller posted pictures of an RV for sale and the buyer contacted the buyer with a web link to a
bogus online page to set up a secured PayPal account for the transaction. The final transfer of money was to be pending the results of
the RVSurvey inspection.
I contacted the seller to set a time for the inspection. The seller offered to bring the RV to my location (approximately 200 miles away). I
deferred and said I would be at his location at a specified time. The following day I drove to the location to inspect the RV but the location
address did not exist. I tried to contact the seller but there was no answer. I immediately contacted the buyer to inform him of the situation
and to make sure that his money for the transaction was secure. He contacted me within a few minutes and informed me that his money
was gone. The site used for the transaction was bogus.
The bogus site was copied to look like a legitimate site used for such transactions. The seller provided a link to his bogus site in his email
and the buyer used that link to connect to what he perceived to be a valid site. The only way to avoid situations like this is to never follow
a link provided by someone involved in a transaction. Go directly to the desired site through their main page or contact the site directly for
instructions. Never use phone numbers or links provided by a seller for a transaction involving money.
Craigslist Auto Purchase
A friend sold a vehicle through a Craigslist ad. The buyer stated he was on a ship and could not be present to view the vehicle but wanted
to buy it based on the information provided. He offered to purchase the vehicle at the listed price plus additional money to ship the vehicle.
The buyer provided a fake "PayPal" account page link in an email to set up his PayPal account. The account was accessed via the bogus
link showing the seller that the money was sent to his account. He added $2500 additional to the account so the vehicle could be shipped.
He requested the seller contact the shipping company then send a Money Order to the address provided for the shipping company. The
seller called and arranged to have the vehicle shipped and sent the $2500 shipping fee. As soon as the shipping fee was received, the
bogus PayPal account was closed and the seller did not have any money in the bogus account. The page was gone. The $2500 was
picked up by a woman at the location provided and his money was gone. At least, he still had the vehicle.
The seller followed a link provided by the buyer. He called a phone number for a "company" provided by the buyer. The only way to avoid
this situation is to NOT follow links or use phone numbers to companies provided by a buyer. If you can't locate the actual company online,
consider the deal questionable. Even then, do not send money unless you have money in your hand provided by the buyer.