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Used car scams thrives on internet

GasBuddy Blog -- If an offer sounds too good to be true, trust your instincts and leave it alone. And that goes double for any used car deal you read about online.

Car troubles --including misrepresentations in ads, faulty repairs and scams involving used car sales — are among the top complaints made to state and local consumer protection agencies, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators.

USA TODAY reports that based on data provided by the FBI, the Internet Crime Complaint Center has received 1,685 auto-auction fraud complaints with a reported loss of $4.9 million this year through July 31. In all of 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center received 4,066 auto...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 8:00:15 AM

and that surprises anyone?
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GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 4:39:19 PM

Booo
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FuelBarge
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 3:40:50 PM

If I cannot physically touch the car and try it out, forget it.
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EMoe57
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 11:14:50 AM

On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog
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tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:49:49 AM

Be knowledgeable about cars, pickups, etc. and Know what you are doing. Have a mechanic check out the vehicle if you have a mechanic. Judge the person that is selling the vehicle - are they trustworthy and honest? There are good deals on the internet and newspaper ads And there are also Not so good deals too. As with anything bought second hand - Use Caution and Think Twice about it! The truth is out there!
If you are selling a vehicle – only accept cash and make sure it is Not counterfeit! No checks of any kind!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:48:25 AM

Buyer be aware always, not just online purchases.
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dlzastera
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:34:03 AM

Don't buy.
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hibsaw
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:14:11 AM

If a deal seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
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Rednix
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:13:10 AM

Buyer beware.
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STLcardsfan
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:11:34 AM

Used car scams? What next, they'll tell us there is corruption in the goverment?
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LoadToad
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:10:48 AM

Just get a mechanic inspection from one that you can trust.
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mberg
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:10:40 AM

If interested about my thoughts on this, you could go back and look at yesterday's archives on the subject. I believe it was posted around 10:00 a.m., CDT.
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Ticobird
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:10:09 AM

Since buying a vehicle usually involves a large amount of money you'd think people wouldn't fall for this. One thing that might help these victims would be to first imagine the seller handing them the title and a picture ID of themselves to verify the sale is legitimate then picture themselves actually handing the purchase amount in cash to the seller in person. If the victim doesn't get a good "feel" for the transaction then they should walk away. I think why people are victimized is because they only see the "good" deal and ignore all of the ways the transaction could go wrong.
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gr649
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:09:45 AM

Buyer beware! Too good to be true? It is
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bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:09:42 AM

Caveat Emptor!
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91Hilux
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:09:26 AM

It's always buyer beware... Or better yet: A fool and his money shall soon be parted...
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mateyboy
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:09:00 AM

OK
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Irish_Lacey
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:08:58 AM

Oh please, peeps....that is why they call them USED cars...and also why they are called USED CAR SALESMEN! (did I mention that my now EX-husband is a USED CAR SALESMAN?!?!?
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EVBuddy
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:08:53 AM

Lots of scams on the internet
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seansaw
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:07:04 AM

Not sure I understand what the scam is. I mean, either the guy has a car you want to buy or he doesn't.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:06:54 AM

Speaks for itself.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:05:14 AM

Yesterdays news.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:04:38 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:04:36 AM

duh!
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:04:31 AM

hummmmmm
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:04:06 AM

I already commented on this article yesterday!
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:03:29 AM

You're kidding. People lie on internet ads?
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:02:58 AM

Gullible people get "taken for a ride".
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 10:01:57 AM

Never ever buy a vehicle you can't see and drive first.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:59:56 AM

right, I am the old fashion: only buy it when I see it, one hand goods and another USD ...
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vibdata
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:59:33 AM

The headline is wrong. It should say either "Used car scams thrive on internet" or "Used car scam thrives on internet." You can't have it both ways. It doesn't work.
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a14morfun
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:58:54 AM

G'waaaaan. EVERYthing is true on the internet!
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Dynky
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:58:45 AM

I think I've seen this article before.
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ciimike
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:58:07 AM

Not only cars. Rental property, travel, entertainment, etc. Buyers definitely need to be aware when it comes to purchases over the internet.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:45 AM

Duh!
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sivart
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:42 AM

Old news!
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regout
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:41 AM

No used for me.
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hwmillerster
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:32 AM

There all kinds of scams on the internet. It would have surprised me if there weren't any used car scams.
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slgas
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:20 AM

Know who you're doing business with.
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Gassed01
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:57:07 AM

Buyer beware. If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:56:08 AM

It is not just cars
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:55:55 AM

Thanks for this vital information.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:54:23 AM

commented on this yesterday
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:53:56 AM

still here?
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:53:42 AM

ok
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Hillbilly1
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:53:19 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:52:33 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:52:30 AM

Old article.
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BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:52:28 AM

Throw the scammers in jail with long prison terms. Make an example of them to discourage other unethical / illegal characters from following.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:51:54 AM


some won else iz trien to claim yer inheritence, jest send me yer SSN# an i'l helps u fixx it !
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