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Woman loses $4,400 trying to buy car from online seller

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:49 AM
Last updated 10:25 AM
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A woman is out $4,400 after wiring it to buy a car she found on the Internet, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

The money went a company that was supposed to ship the car, but so far it hasn’t arrived. The woman’s money was also not refunded.

The same car is for sale online again, the report said.

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tanbaby
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tanbaby 07/10/12 - 04:04 am
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wow!!! what a surprise!!!!

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wow!!! what a surprise!!!!

boodroe
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boodroe 07/10/12 - 06:25 am
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Buying a car online

Having watched thousands of court tv shows many cases involve buying vehicles online and the person being scammed. I hope she gets her money back but the online car sell scam is as big as you won some mythical lottery now

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/10/12 - 06:26 am
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I'm sorry for the woman's

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I'm sorry for the woman's loss of money- however, most of the sites I've been to have very obvious warnings saying not to wire money to someone they do not know. There are also specific warnings about companies that "transport" vehicles.

KSL
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KSL 07/10/12 - 07:42 am
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Isn't that the truth!

Isn't that the truth!

cozzster
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cozzster 07/10/12 - 08:11 am
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Haha, people never cease to

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Haha, people never cease to amaze me. "Oh, I think I'll just buy a car online b/c that sounds like a great idea." Wonder what the website was...probably craigslist.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/10/12 - 08:17 am
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if it sounds too good to be

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if it sounds too good to be true....it probably is

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/10/12 - 08:39 am
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Gullible!

I am sorry but people hear of scams everyday and yet they continue to fall for them, why would you send money to a person or business that you don't know or have not checked out? I put a car up for sale on Craigs List once and I had several scammers actually trying to steal my car out from under me....come on people, wise up, this is not Mayberry (unfortunately), their are people out to get whatever they can get out of you.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/10/12 - 08:57 am
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Geez

How can someone fall for something like this, this day and time???

bikerides4u
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bikerides4u 07/10/12 - 11:48 am
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You should be ashamed !

Am hearing about this more and more on Craigslist . Mostly taking advantage of older people . You can google the sellers e-mail address and see if its on a "Scammers list" . To protect yourself buy only from a Georgia dealer because they are required to be Licenced ( which means everything is recorded) , Bonded ( Protects you if you lose money ) and Insured ( can test the vehicle on highways and roads knowing if you are involved in an accident you will not be liable! )

pommom38
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pommom38 07/10/12 - 09:25 am
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Research

All it takes.. People have bought vehicles online for years and had no issues. First mistake she made, you don't pay the shipping company! DOH
Since all the details aren't divulged here, no idea who she paid through or why she paid the shipping company that amount. Go through Paypal, never wire it.. SMDH

allhans
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allhans 07/10/12 - 09:31 am
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Does anyone know if she has

Does anyone know if she has received a refund yet.
I hope she didn't buy a car unseen. Surely not.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 07/10/12 - 09:54 am
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It's a fairly common scam

It's a fairly common scam that usually originates in Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa.. They lure them in with a "too good to be true" price.. They often claim to be serving in the military overseas, but conveniently they have their vehicle ready to ship with the shipping company.. Then they send authentic looking fake emails from the shipping company asking them to wire payment to an "agent" of the company.. Once the money is wired, there is almost zero change of recovery..

The only reason this scam works is because of greed.. Some people will throw out all common sense if they think they are getting a "steal" of a deal on something... Ironically Craigslist post the following warnings on every vehicle ad listed on their site:

"Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any deal involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, cashier check, money order, shipping, escrow, or any promise of transaction protection/certification/guarantee."

Yet people ignore these warnings and continue to fall for these scams..

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/10/12 - 03:25 pm
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swcammed?

may as well buy a car over the phone all the good online purchases do

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/10/12 - 03:29 pm
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bikerides4u

yep because Car dealers are 1) honest 2) totally honest 3) remember you after you leave the LOT which online sellers do NOT

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/11/12 - 12:36 am
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I wouldn't trust a car seller

I wouldn't trust a car seller in an outhouse with a muzzle on. I hate to think so lowly of my fellow man, but honest people are hard to come by. I would rather eat soup with a knitting needle than deal with buying a car.

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