Fake Vehicle History Reporting Sites Trick Online Car Buyers to Disclose Personal Information

PEMBROKE PARK, Florida – Jeff Ostroff of CarBuyingTips.com has done his life’s work to protect you from car buying and selling scams.

The last one he followed involves the “buyer” sending you a link to run a vehicle history report on your car, but they send you to a site that is only a few days old and is not. not a secure https site. It looks like the sites are only there to steal your credit card number.

Ostroff said that once you list something of value, like a car for sale, on sites like Craigslist, you become a magnet for crooks.

He said fake vehicle history reporting sites are a way for crooks to steal your credit card number.

The biggest red flag is that the site is not secure and is not a trusted name like CARFAX or AutoCheck.com.

“A lot of people don’t know about internet and website security features and would be easily sucked in by this scammer’s very professional looking website, but look at the screenshot of his site,” Ostroff said. . “We would like to point out that the scammer’s website is not secure, there is no ‘https’ sign at the beginning of the address, where the ‘s’ would indicate a secure and encrypted site.”

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“Crooks don’t waste time creating legitimate merchant accounts that require security and encryption and leave electronic traces on their bank accounts,” Ostroff explained on its website. “Instead, they install a simple form on their fake vehicle history report site that simply emails them your credit card number you entered. Voila, the heart of their scam is a form. simple on a simple website page that collects your information as you enter, and emails it to them, and so they can immediately start using your credit card. It’s the vortex of this scam, it’s their goal from the first text they send you, to take you to their form to enter your credit card number. After that you will never hear from them again, they often empty the email account they have. ‘they used or the online account to generate the fake SMS they sent you. “

On its website, Craiglist.org offers these tips for avoiding scams:

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Treat locally, face to face – follow this rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.

  • Don’t extend payment to someone you haven’t met in person.

  • Beware of offers involving shipping – deal with locals you may meet in person.

  • Never transfer funds (eg Western Union) – anyone who asks you is a scammer.

  • Does not accept cashier’s checks / certified checks or money orders – banks collect counterfeits, so hold you responsible.

  • Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a “warranty”.

  • Never give out financial information (bank account, social security, PayPal account, etc.).

  • Do not rent or buy blind-This incredible “deal” may not exist.

  • Refuse background / credit checks until you have met the owner / employer in person.

“Remember this important point: you are selling something online; the money should get to you, not to slip away,” Ostroff said. “A real buyer doesn’t send you to a site to spend money; a real buyer comes to you to spend money. you were sending money. ‘Why am I sending them money, they should send me money?’ “

Click here to read Ostroff’s full article.

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“Used car sales are about three times that of new cars,” said Chris Basso of CARFAX. “When people buy a used car, a lot of them tend to fall in love with it. They buy with their heart and not with their head, and when you do that you can fall victim to buying a rebuilt wreck. or a car that has major problems. It’s really up to the buyer to beware. It’s up to you to figure out what to buy before you deposit your hard-earned money. “

He said he knows what you are buying and who you are buying from.

  • FIND A DEALER: “You want to make sure you’re buying from someone of good repute who will let you know in advance of any issues with the car,” Basso explained.
  • ROAD TEST : Take the car for a thorough test drive on city streets and on the highway
  • VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT: Get a vehicle history report, such as a CARFAX report, and look for any information that could trigger an alarm signal.
  • MECHANICAL CONTROL: Have the car inspected by a mechanic, as their trained eye might spot issues that are not as obvious to the average consumer. “In my opinion, there is really nothing better than hiring an independent mechanic or motor vehicle inspector to go and take a physical look at the car,” said the lawyer in charge of the car. consumer protection, Dana Manner. “(It) saves you from investing a lot of money in a car that can be virtually worthless,” he said.
  • TITLE SEARCH: (VIDEO) Lawyer Dana Manner: Title Search Request, Red Flag Identification http://www.local10.com/news/attorney-dana-manner-on-carfax-reports/32209146
  • CHECK THE OPEN REMINDERS: You can also run the vehicle’s vehicle identification number to check for open recalls. There is no law prohibiting automobile dealers from selling recalled used cars to consumers. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Is looking to change that. He wants dealers to be required to recall a used car, just as they are required to do for the purchase of new cars. Nelson has tried to achieve this before, but the legislative amendment was defeated earlier this year. “We know there have been over 300,000 used cars bought and sold here in Florida with an uncorrected recall last year,” Basso explained.
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    Click here for vehicle information verification.

    Florida DHSMV: Headline History

    Florida DHSMV: Check Dealer Complaint History

    BBB Southeast Florida and the Caribbean: Check Dealer Complaint History

    FTC: Buying a Used Car

    How to Protect Yourself: Buying a Used Car

    Click here for the link from AG’s office to Lemon Law.

    Click here for the Florida Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety Complaint Form.

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