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Gone in Sixty Seconds


Imagine finding the car of your dreams online for a great price. It could be a rare car or a great price that catches your eye.

"We saw ads for Aston Martin, Porsche, and Lexus automobiles," US Postal Inspector David Reardon said.

Before you click "Buy," proceed with caution.

"The scam is pretty basic: We're offering you something, but it's not there," Reardon said.

Scam artists post pictures of cars for sale online but they don't actually own the car.

"What happens is, the vehicle is never owned by the person selling it The people who think they are buying it is sending money to someone who has created a fictitious business."

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Your story might be our next story.

Victims end up wiring money to the con artist's bank account -- and then it's gone.

No money.

No car.

It's a hazard of the anonymous world of Internet commerce.

"It just takes that extra step to be cautious to make sure you know what you're getting into and really need to kick the tires when making that purchase."

Here's what you need to remember when buying online:

  • Do your research -- know who you're dealing with and what you're buying
  • Understand the terms and costs involved in a sale
  • Credit cards offer buyers the most consumer protection, more than debit cards or checks


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