Only Deal Locally with folks you can meet in person - this will stop 99% of online scams
Do not give out any personal information over email - Watch out for over sea's emails requesting this personal information. Bad grammar & spelling are a good indication the email is fraud.
Scam - Wanting to purchase the car without seeing it and having a shipping company pick it up or Someone selling a car and offering shipping...
Never wire funds via Western Union , Moneygram or other service - if they ask you to do so - they are a scammer
Fake cashier checks and money orders are common, banks will cash them and hold you reponsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Never give out your Financial Information - bank account number, social security, paypal or ebay information.
Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services - only a scammer will guarantee your transaction
Scam artists are always adding new twists and finding more victims. if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The best way to protect yourself is knowledge know the danger signs and exercise caution at all times.
Cheque / Overpayment Schemes
A fraudster contacts an online seller offering to purchase posted goods. The bogus buyer sends a counterfeit cheque in excess of what is owed; the seller is asked to return the excess funds to the purchaser or to a shipping company. The check clears the bank, then is discovered to be counterfeit. The seller is then out of pocket and has shipped the merchandise.
Tip: Never accept a cheque for more than your selling price; and never agree to wire back funds to a buyer a legitimate buyer will not pressure you to do so.
Please be safe. Sue