Sales Fraud

Asked by Apr 02, 2017 at 07:47 PM about the 1954 Dodge Coronet

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

Somebody's trying to buy my car using
Pay Pal but he's using excuses like he's off
shore and can't wire money to my bank ,
and he can't get access to his bank online
etc. sounds like a scam eh ?

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Even though he's overseas he's still not far enough away ... I don;t know how these scammers do it but they can actually send you a certified check or bank transfer that seems as good as gold .. then 24 hours later your bank calls to tell you they voided the deposit.... like I said ,,,,stay far,far away

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I was selling something on Craigslist and received a reply from some overseas dude who was sending me a wire transfer ,,, He said it had cleared and when was I sending the laptop ... (my bank said the transfer would take a day or more before it was "verified" but it was probably no good ) anyway this person said that I received the money so send the laptop told him I was keeping the laptop and keeping his money too ... this guy went ballistic and it turned out the wire transfer was worthless

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These days you can not take a check or money order (cash only in person). Even a personal check as people are leaving with the item while calling (from a cellphone) and voiding that check number and you know nothing about it until you get to the bank. Then when you follow up with them from the address on the check, its a empty lot ect. and their cellphone was a cheap pay as you go (go phone). If they got a check of any kind let them cash it or go to the bank and bring you cash and also meet them at a Police Station to carry out the transaction or do not sell to them. Your the seller, you make the rules. Stop answering them. Do not let it bother you & just ignore them.

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Like said above with craigslist, overseas so called buyers are preying on people, so its best to stay away from oversea transactions but its not just overseas, they are here too and doing this I have listed item on craigslist too and had to deal with these type people from a few states, Twice from Texas (at least that is where they sent it from and called from (area-code).

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The police said they are calling from a computer set up to use any number/area-code they put in and they could be anywhere in the world. I did not sell to them or fall prey to them as I decided to let the police know about it as they were still trying for weeks to get me to cash their money order and ship to Texas. This was before most knew about this scam 6-7 years ago.

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This is why you never ever release a car or title until the funds have cleared and the money is in your bank account! HTH. -Jim


Add to that if your car is involved in a crime and the title is still in your name ,,, I guess I'm paranoid but ....

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Very true Tom. That actually happened to a guy at work! He had to prove to the police that he'd sold the vehicle! Luckily he'd turned in the license plates to motor vehicles! -Jim

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