When selling a personal vehicle, I like to post a listing on Craigslist. It is an easy and free way to advertise your vehicle to local people. With a few steps, I can post pictures of my car with a description and asking price. However, I am learning that when you are eager to sell your car, it is easy to be taken advantage of by Craigslist buyer scams.
I have personally experienced three types of online scams:
Is your car still for sale?
This question is usually accompanied by multiple requests to help you sell your car for a small fee. No doubt the fee will be paid and nothing will ever be done.
Ship me the car because I am out of the country.
This one has been out there for a while. The buyer is ready to make a deal but can’t see the vehicle because he is out of the country on business. He requests that you do the transaction online and then ship the car to a designated location. No doubt the payment will be revoked as soon as the car is shipped.
Run this car report and I will buy your car.
The buyer promises to buy the vehicle sight unseen as long as you run a car history report. The link does not go to a reputable company such as carfax but some unknown site. No doubt, the scammer uses your credit card payment for the report to empty your bank account.