New online scheme targets would-be car buyers

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An all-points bulletin has been posted, for consumers looking to buy a car online.

Experts with say the scam has them teaming with the FBI to alert car-shopping consumers.

Crooks are posting cars for sale… that they don’t actually own.

“The link to the vehicle history report may be a legitimate vehicle history report for a legitimate car,” said Carroll Lachnit with “It’s just the person who put the ad in doesn’t own it.”

Lured by a low price on a great car, the crook’s objective, she says, is to get you to wire money to a phony escrow account created by the crook.

“And that really is the point at which you’re separated from your money and you never hear from them again,” said Lachnit.

The tell-tale signs, of these online car thieves, is their insistence to talk by email and never by phone. They always make excuses for refusing to meet in person.

“They’re in the military and they’ve been deployed overseas, or they’ve just gotten this great job in the UK,” said Lachnit.

If any of this happens, back away from someone who’s more likely a car thief than a car seller.

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