Gone in Sixty Seconds - WBAY

Target 2 Consumer Alert

Gone in Sixty Seconds

Updated:

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."


We want to know about any problems that might put you, your family, or neighbors at risk. Contact us at:

TARGET2@wbay.com

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

 

  • Action 2 NewsMore>>

  • APNewsBreak: Girl said Uzi was too much for her

    APNewsBreak: Girl said Uzi was too much for her

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:42:02 GMT
    Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much...More >>
    A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according...More >>
  • 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:55:25 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.More >>
    Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.More >>
  • Former Walker aide who spurred investigation dies

    Former Walker aide who spurred investigation dies

    A former aide whose report of possible embezzlement led to a secret investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive staff has died.More >>
    A former aide whose report of possible embezzlement led to a secret investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive staff has died.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

115 S. Jefferson St. Green Bay, WI  54301

Telephone: 920.432.3331
Fax: 920.438.3355
Email: wbay@wbay.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Green Bay, Inc. A Media General Company.