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My buddy regularly looks through face book and found this



Upon sending a message i got this



Hi! The vehicle is still for sale. If interested, please contact the seller at: [email protected]
Please include YEAR-MAKE & MODEL in the subject if you want a response. We are only advertising it.
Thank you! 馃檪

So i emailed the proposed seller and got this

Hello, thanks for getting back to me, happy to see you are interested in my 1996 Ford Bronco XLT EFI 4WD. The price is $2,000 firm. It has 109,731 miles, automatic transmission, 5.8L 351 V8 Gasoline engine and clean title. It is in perfect condition, no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, rust, special marks whatsoever. Looks great, runs like new and all services are up to date. Also, I need to mention that it was never involved in any accidents. Everything works great, it was recently professionally detailed interior and exterior. I am selling it because my husband passed away last 3 months ago. I was completely devastated and I am still trying to recover. It reminds me a lot of him, and that doesn't help me at all in the healing process and my daughter can't see me like this anymore, that鈥檚 the reason I want to sell it asap. I also got a new job after Michael passed away and moved to my sister in Augusta, ME and the vehicle is here with me, many other things have priority now so it has to go. Before leaving I had prearranged a deal with ebay buyer protection so my presence isn't necessary. If you want to buy it the deal will be done using ebay's services and I can provide free delivery as I have a promotional free shipping card with them and I am planning to redeem it for this transaction if we move forward. The deal includes 5 days to test and inspect the vehicle. No money will be released to me until you decided to keep it or not. If you want to start the process all I need from you is the following info: your full name, full delivery address and phone number. Once I got all the info, I will forward it to ebay and register you as my buyer. They'll email you with all the information you need to complete this deal.

Hmmm so i asked why is it listed so cheap. Heres the response.


Thanks for getting back to me! I am scheduled for an intervention as I want to do a cochlear implant and remap my hearing nerves, but for this I will need to travel to Europe to a special clinic to do it. That's why I gave the truck to eBay and let them deal with sale. I really need the money and if you can speed up the process I will really appreciate it. As I mentioned in previous email after my husband passed away I got a new job and moved to my sister in Augusta, ME and the vehicle is here with me. Before leaving I had prearranged a deal with ebay buyer protection so my presence isn't necessary. If you want to buy it the deal will be done using ebay's services and I can provide free delivery as I have a promotional free shipping card with them and I am planning to redeem it for this transaction if we move forward. The deal includes 5 days to test and inspect the vehicle. No money will be released to me until you decided to keep it or not. If you want to start the process all I need from you is the following info: your full name, full delivery address and phone number. Once I got all the info, I will forward it to ebay and register you as my buyer. They'll email you with all the information you need to complete this deal.

I asked why havent you sold it locally. Heres her response

Hey, I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is as legitimate as it could possibly be. There is nothing you should be worried about. I never fooled someone in any way. I won't risk my career, my freedom and my future for anything in the world! You can count on that! If you wish to go on with this deal and in order to open a case at eBay, please send me your full name and shipping address and they will contact you with more details (first name, last name, full shipping address, city, state, zip code).

I then replied why is it advertised through a dealer in knoxville tn but yet you live in maine? No response as of yet.

also did some googling on ebay car sales outside of ebay and found this.


also found this

Common warning signs:
  1. Vehicle is advertised well below what it is worth.
    • Know the approximate value of the vehicle you are interested in buying by using trusted resources on the internet such as Kelley Blue Book or Nada Guides.
    • If it appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. FACT: Criminals will make the vehicle very appealing and tempt you with a price you don't want to miss out on.
  3. Seller pushes for speedy completion of the transaction and requests payment through a service or method that can put the money in their hands quickly.
  4. FACT:Common payment methods used in legitimate purchases are cash in person, credit card, PayPal, Bill Me Later, money order, cashier's check, financial loans, or personal check.
    Escrow accounts can also be used to securely transfer funds to the seller (providing that you set up the escrow account, not the seller). eBay recommends using our approved escrow service with Escrow.com. Learn more about using an escrow service.
    Direct bank transfers and wire payments may also be requested by the Seller. Please proceed with caution with these payment methods and remember it is always a good idea to inspect the vehicle in person before sending any money.
    With all transactions, we want to encourage you to work with the Seller. In addition, you may want to consider providing payment at the time you pick up the vehicle.
  5. You cannot meet the seller or look at the vehicle prior to sending a payment. The seller may be very polite and apologetic, but cannot meet you due to a special circumstance, such as:
    • Seller is being/has been deployed by the military
    • Seller is going through a divorce (or getting married)
    • Death in the family or a health issue of a relative
    • They work on a boat or are out of town for an extended period of time
    • Received through inheritance and not needed
  6. FACT: Legitimate sellers are motivated and will make every effort to meet with all potential buyers immediately. If the seller cannot meet, they will designate another person to show the vehicle on their behalf.
  7. Private seller offers free shipping of the vehicle to you. Criminals may tell you they have access to transportation resources, possibly through their employer or because they are in the military and can coordinate the delivery for you (even if it's cross country).
    • Similar to being priced below what it is worth, this typically is a tactic used to entice potential buyers
  8. FACT: On eBay, as the buyer, you typically are responsible for picking up the vehicle or hiring a shipping company. Some eBay Motors Dealers may offer free shipping on our website.
    To determine if the listing is from a Private Seller or Dealer please refer to the field labeled "For Sale By" within the description tab under the Item specifics section.
  9. You found the vehicle on another website and the seller tells you eBay will protect the transaction, such as:
    • Extend eBay warranty, eBay guarantee, or a buyer's protection plan
    • Offer a return policy in case you are not satisfied (like a 'cooling off' period)
    • Process the payment directly or hold/secure the funds
  10. FACT: eBay provides Vehicle Purchase Protection only for transactions that start and are completed on the eBay Motors website (other terms and conditions apply). In addition, eBay does NOT hold payments or extend protection for non-eBay conducted transactions.
    The only way to buy a vehicle on eBay is by logging into your eBay account with a user ID/email address and password. One of the following needs to be true:
    • You were the winning bidder on the auction
    • You clicked 'Buy it now'
    • You sent a best offer and the seller accepted it
  11. In these cases, the item will always appear in the purchase history of your eBay account.
  12. Criminals want to lure you into feeling safe. They take extra effort to disguise their websites and emails to look like they are from eBay or associated with eBay, when they are not. See Example
    • Emails have poor grammar, broken English or have other distinguishing errors (e.g., misspelled words, incorrect punctuation)
    • Communications may be overly formal or sound very mechanical. The responses are not personalized and could include general terms like 'Dear Sir' and 'Good Day'
    • Emails are not sent from the 'eBay.com' domain. Criminals may have a recognizable word in their email name or as part of their domain name, such as 'eBay' or 'VPP' (e.g., [email protected]) but these are NOT sent from eBay.
    • Email contains false information like invoice numbers, transaction case IDs, or VPP case ID #s
  13. If you are suspicious about an email that claims to be from eBay, sign in to My eBay and click the Messages tab. If you do NOT see the same message "From eBay", the email is likely fake. To report a fake email, forward it to [email protected]
    To date, more than FIVE million customers have purchased vehicles through eBay. eBay works hard to create a safe marketplace, but criminals still may attempt to exploit you. Please be cautious with all online transactions and research the seller and the item you are intending to purchase carefully before making any payments.
    If you are still unsure if the vehicle being offered is legitimate, contact eBay Customer Service.


    Just wanted to give a heads up before someone falls for this scam
 

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Don't touch any listing that shows "Dealership" but doesn't advertise it as such. They're using that as a way to avoid personal information and/or get auto-reply tools not available to private parties.
 

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There鈥檚 a duplicate around my neck of the woods. Old vehicles in great shape at ridiculously low prices. One tip is pics are never in the same setting - pretty sure they just scour the Internet for pics.

If only such folks put their creativity to good use. What a waste of a life.
 

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As FSB's come up in value expect to see more and more bs like this. They are at the point where alot of them are still cheap "used trucks" but some of the high trim/ low mile examples are worth a good bit. And people will try to cash in on that
 

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From google-fu:
Phone/contact number belongs to an Andrew Williams:
195 Bart Wollum Rd
Lancing, TN 37770-2409

Isn't this interesting: associated with a non-fixed voip Number: (240)-686-8269 <---that's D.C!


The address is to a 'Roadmaster Auto Sales'; with a different contact number.
According their inventory; the oldest vehicle is a 2002 Ford F-150.
Their contact number: (855)-870-0034
 

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Thanks for helping keep the community safe by posting the scam and related details. 馃憤
 
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