Used Cars for Sale? Watch Out for This

Are you searching for used cars for sale online? Are you hoping to find and buy the right fairly used car at an affordable cheap? Then this information is for you.

With an unprecedented increase in the number of scammers online now target used car buyers, one need to be extraordinarily careful while doing the business. Before we tell you all you have to do to be safe, read someone’s not so wonderful experience below so you could relate how easily one could be duped online.

Story 1: As written by KontraBulate on Reddit;
This is going to be a fairly lengthy post but I’m pretty sure someone tried to scam me on OLX and would like this to serve as a warning. I was also hoping someone can explain exactly how the scam works. I am even somewhat interested in following through with it out of curiosity to see how it works if anyone can provide advice. Unless someone else wants to…

I was looking at cars on OLX and found this ad for a 2008 Ford Explorer for 210,000PHP

http://www.olx.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/50899600/Ford+escape+allpower+4×2+gas+matic?referralKeywords=ford+escape&event=Search+Ranking,Position,2-9,29

Assuming it was too good to be true I sent the seller a message letting them know i was interested and asked if there were any problems with it. I didn’t receive a response so the next day I sent a txt message to the number listed. A few days ago I received an email back from the seller

HI I have just received your request on the sale of my car FORD ESCAPE. price PHP 210.000‏‏. It is in very good condition and has no mechanical problems. Car always well maintained. Absolutely no repairs needed. My car has never had any accident. Moreover, all these documents are OK. As a feature, some description of my car 2008 FORD ESCAPE 2.3 XLS 4X2 Transmission: Automatic Drive Train: 2WD Engine Cylinders: 2300 Fuel: Gasoline Mileage: 59000 km Exterior Color: Gold Doors: 5 Comfort: A/C: Front, A/C: Rear, Power Locks, Power Steering, Remote Keyless Entry Safety: Airbag: Driver, Airbag: Passenger, Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes, Fog Lights Windows: Power Windows, Rear Window Wiper, Tinted Glass Sound / Entertainment System: CD Player, AM / FM Radio Other Features: None of the Listed

I am eligible for retirement in January and I just joined my wife state function abroad. We will return to the country in November 2016 and this is the reason why the car was for sale. Before my trip, I gave the car to a carrier in the country who will deliver it to you. If you are interested, leave me your contact information so that I transmit to the carrier who will contact you for a visit to your home without shipping costs. You’ll have only PHP 210.000‏‏ to pay for the price of my car to delivery after testing the car and check all its papers.If you are interested to our proposition, please let your following address:

Family name…………………………………….. First name………………………………………. Addess………………………………………….. Zip code……………………………………….. City……………………………………………. Telephone number………………………

I’m waiting for your detail Thanks.
This email looked a little fishy too me. First off because it was somewhat generic and contained numerous errors. Anyway I reverse image searched the images from the email and I came up with another post using the same pictures for 550,000PHP and with a completely different phone number. Here is that post.

http://tsikot.com/es/autos/ford/escape/ford-escape-2.3-xls-4×2-used-2008-rf155087-336.html

I also googled the email address that the email I received came from which is “karl_bodry@hotmail.com” and I came up with a complaint of him trying to scam someone else. http://www.reklamo.ph/olx-selling-crv-1999-plate-no-wha-343/

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