I have spoken to no less than 10 people.in Antigua and Barbuda who have been victims of online vehicle scam within.the past year or two. Victims include bus and taxi operators, prominent downtown business operators, farmers, ordinary citizens and much more.
This is how the scam works: A car shopper spots a too-good-to-be-true ad on a site where private parties buy and sell cars. The ad may have links to photos of a real vehicle, and there might even be a legitimate vehicle history report. That’s because the scammer has likely cloned an actual car ad. The seller (who typically only wants to communicate via email) has an explanation for why the price is so low.
If a buyer agrees to purchase a vehicle, the fraudulent seller gives the buyer a link and instructs that money be wired to the account of the escrow agent, in the scam. The promise is that the escrow company will hold the cash until the vehicle is delivered. Once the buyer wires the payment, the scammer ceases contact. And the car is never delivered.
Many people here and regionally have lost huge sums of money trying to get a used vehicle which was never shipped or for a vehicle that was shipped but was never ordered.
People trying to order used vehicles from overseas must be extremely careful and wise and ensure that they do the necessary due diligence and checks and authenticate these car dealers purporting to be legitimate businesses before sending your hard earned cash to them. A word to the wise!
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