Beware of fraudsters offering unrealistically low-priced cars trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorcycles on eBay Motors and elsewhere on the net. Scammers are also running fraudulent second chance offers that could steal your money and identity.
Despite hiding eBay user IDs, fraudsters are somehow offering phony second chance offers.
It seems like every time the eCommerce giant fixes something or adds another feature, they hose something else up in the process.
Fraudsters hustling eBay members is nothing new. It’s been going on for several years that we know of.
We have received emails from several individuals recently that lost a lot of money to scammers.
One buyer lost $18,000 thinking he could buy a 2007 Lexus LX-470 for an unrealistically low price. The fraudsters stole his money in the blink of an eye. That was less than half of the vehicle’s true book value, at the time.
eBay does have a Vehicle Purchase Protection Program (VPP.) But they do not act as escrow agents. Nor does eBay hold money for sellers or refund money to buyers. HERE IS A LINK TO THE REAL EBAY VPP DETAILS PAGE!
It’s the lure of a bargain price combined with good old greed that keeps these scams running. Friends, there is no Lexus SUV for half of the book value. Or a 63 Corvette Split Window Coupe for $7900.
As long as people toss all their common sense out the window and rush right down to Western Union. Or as this scam works, the bank wire the money to an alleged eBay agent. Scammers will continue to drain American’s bank accounts dry!
Be especially aware of any second chance offer you receive after losing an auction, it could be fraudulent. Never send even a small deposit until you have confirmed the validity of the offer by contacting the seller through the eBay message center. If a second chance offer is not in your eBay MY Messages it could very well be fraudulent as well. Proceed with caution!
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While your here, read my popular article “Doc’s Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Guide” The butt you save might be your own! 😉