Fraud Alert

Tips to reduce fraud:

One out of every four vehicles bought in today’s marketplace is found on the internet.  Since online vehicle classifieds have become the common way to buy or sell a vehicle, it is important to protect yourself from scammers.  The internet is a wonderful tool it is unfortunate that scammers have increasingly found ways to utilize the internet for personal gain.

Here are some of the most popular scams occurring today:

  • An email or phone call is received stating a cashier’s check made out for more than the price of the vehicle for sale.  These generally are from another country and are fraudulent attempts to purchase a vehicle.
  • Fake escrow companies.  When using an escrow service company, it is important to verify the escrow service’s legitimacy by checking with state regulators.  Do your homework.

Here are a few tips for a safer transaction:

  1. Know the value of the vehicle.  Whether buying or selling, know what the vehicle at hand is worth.  Utilize websites such as or to look up the value of the vehicle.  Be suspicious of a vehicle priced way below market value.

  2. When buying a vehicle, obtain a vehicle history report.  Utilize websites such as or to obtain the history of a vehicle.  This will indicate if a vehicle has been stolen, damaged or has a salvaged title.

  3. Communicate verbally.  Get to know the other party involved.  If you cannot develop a rapport over the phone, avoid doing business with this party.  Most serious buyers are not going to purchase a vehicle unless they speak to the owner first.

  4. Inspect the vehicle.  If you personally are not able to inspect the vehicle, there are inspection companies such as that can do this for you.  Verification of the vehicle and its condition can eliminate scams as well as the confirm the vehicle at hand is as described.

  5. Use an escrow company.  Again, it is important to verify the legitimacy of the escrow company. is a legitimate choice for this service.  An escrow company protects both the buyer and seller during the transaction.

  6. Never give out your personal bank account information.  Setting up a temporary account for transfers can assist in personal protection.  Your financial institution should be able to assist with this.

  7. When dealing with a cashier’s check have a financial institution verify the funds, this can sometimes take up to 15 business days.

  8. Do not release the vehicle or vehicle title until funds have been secured.  Again, a valid escrow company can be utilized for protection for both the buyer and seller.

  9. Trust your instincts.  If something appears “too good to be true”, most likely it is a scam.

If you suspect internet fraud please contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IC3).

Please be aware that VehicleDeals does not own, buy or sell any vehicles listed on our website.  We do not get involved in the transaction between the buyer and seller.  We also do not finance, inspect or transport vehicles and are not an escrow company.

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