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Fraud Awareness

AutoCrisis.com suggests the following:

Avoid paying for a vehicle you have not seen, even if the seller claims to be a dealer.
If a seller tells you to 'wire' money for a car you have not seen, DO NOT !
If a seller tells you to pay for a car, using 'escrow' services, DO NOT !
AutoCrisis.com does not endorse any escrow services, and will not refer you to any.
If you come across a vehicle that is priced significantly below market value, exercise caution. This may be a sign that the seller is not legitimate.
If a seller asks you to call an 800 number to reach them, beware. Most sellers do not have an 800 number!

If you receive an email from a seller that you think is not legitimate, please forward it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more useful information, visit the Federal Trade Commission web site athttp://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/automobiles/index.html

As always, exercise good judgement when dealing with others. AutoCrisis.com wishes you good luck with your vehicle search!

Avoiding Used Car Scams

Dear Customer,

AutoCrisis.com wants its customers to be aware of some of the scams that are being perpetrated. Be careful. Don't become a victim!

Disclaimer: AutoCrisis.com provides this information as a convenience to customers and users of its site. The list below is for exemplary purposes only and should not be relied on as accurate or legally adequate for any specific transaction. An attorney licensed in your area should be consulted as to the legal effect or adequacy of any form.

Below are some variations of scams that we've heard of in the media:
Please print this page now, and keep for your records.

  • 'Buyer' asks you to accept personal/certified check for an amount greater than your asking price, and then asks you to 'refund' the difference to him. They usually claim they are owed money by another person, and that it's better for them, if you send back the difference.
  • The use of fake cashier and certified checks. To protect yourself as much as possible, go with the buyer to his/her bank. Let them purchase the certified check in your presence for the agreed amount.
  • Beware of buyers sending emails containing the words 'client', 'rep', 'representative', 'broker', 'agent', 'dealer'.
  • If a buyer is located outside USA, beware.
  • Beware of 'buyers' asking you to ship your car before you receive payment.
  • When you receive an email/call that says "we have a customer interested in purchasing your car", beware.
  • When you receive an email/call that asks for your "" beware. Most buyers make final offers, only after they have seen the car.
  • If a buyer claims to represent a company that purchases and ships cars, beware!
  • If you receive an email that says "get back to me with photos, preferred method of payment, and shipment procedures", beware!
  • If you receive an email from a buyer that you think is not legitimate, please forward it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that there may be other scams out there. The above list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor does it create any duty on behalf of AutoCrisis.com. To find out more, go to the Federal Trade Commission web site.