Fraud and Security

Email and SMS Scams

Cartime has in place many security verification processes to minimise the email and SMS scam enquiry. Although best attempts are made it is very difficult to detect and therefore intercept all email enquiries

The following are actual examples of scam emails:

“Thanks for the swift reply,i want you to get back to me with more picture and what is the present condition of it.Am satisfied with your advert price...i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made no shipping included…………….”

“I saw your car on I want to buy it, but I live very far y. I interested y car. I will about $XXXX. Are y ok?.................”

There are of course many other similar emails doing the rounds. Signs to indicate a scam enquiry are:

The Dangers of Selling a car on eBay

The Internet affords people the ability to sell items to a worldwide marketplace. Even cars can be advertised on a national level, helping sellers find more buyers and enjoy a higher final price. While marketing a vehicle on eBay may seem like the best way to move a car, there are some dangers to these transactions that should be kept in mind.

Scammers Love eBay

Honest people and scammers are both trolling eBay, so it’s important to protect yourself. Scam artists will buy a car through buy-it-now and send a fake cashier’s check that exceeds the value of the car. They will ask you to write them a check for the difference. They never pick up the car, the cashier’s check is bogus, your auction is destroyed and you will be out whatever money is sent to them. Require a deposit through PayPal to prevent this.

Some scammers don’t simply mail the bogus check, they will actually show up with it in hand and want a refund check. They will then leave with the title, the car and your refund check. If they are coming to you ask for cold, hard cash and make no exceptions. Spend a few dollars for the pen that can be swiped across the cash to determine if it’s counterfeit or not.

Avoid Personal Checks

Personal checks can bounce, leaving you heartbroken and betrayed. Ask for cash if they are coming to you and a direct bank transfer if the vehicle will be shipped. Money orders and cashier’s checks, once thought to be secure, can be faked.

E-mail phishing

Buyers may send you questions in private e-mails with links to other sites. These sites may be Trojan horses, waiting to infect your computer and cause serious problems. Other sites are designed to steal your identity. When communicating with potential buyers it is vital that you keep all communications through the eBay system. Never click on links contained in e-mails from buyers.

Shill Bidders

Phony bidders can work together to drive the winning bid on an item through the roof. They then withdraw their bids, allowing a much lower bid to win. Suppose that the car you are selling is worth $10,000. They might drive the cost up to $11,000 through shill bidders. No one else will bid on the auction, because the price of the car now exceeds the value. After they withdraw their bid, you are left with a new winning bid that may be far lower than the car’s value.

Selling a car on eBay has some dangers that sellers should always watch out for. In addition to the ones listed above, keep in mind that all personal information should be protected. Beware of anyone trying to pay more for the car than the winning bid, personal checks and links to outside websites.

When he's not reading about the latest auto news, Miles Walker looks at the best places to compare car insurance over at CarinsuranceComparison.Org. His latest article reviewed car insurance comparison quotes.

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