Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBuying & Selling · 1 decade ago

Buying a car overseas from a private seller, to good to be true?

Good faith has always been my top priority and my most valued business approach. The payment will be done through eBay. The financial part of this deal will be managed by them. They will keep the amount until you receive the vehicle and test it.First you will send the payment to eBay and as soon as I have the confirmation I will start the shipping. After you receive and inspect the vehicle to see that everything it's ok they will transfer me the money. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the vehicle.The price that I'm asking for the vehicle is US $ 3,600.00 that includes the shipping and delivery charges.

The vehicle will be insured at the delivery service. If something happens on the road , you will receive the insurance from the delivery service.If you agree with these terms and you have the money ready, reply me your full name and address and i will be more than glad to start the transaction with you. As soon as you will send me your personal details I will begin the transaction and eBay will inform you with all the details.

My best wishes and I'm waiting your response so we can move forward with this deal.

Thank You!

Jessica

I am interested in buying this O5 jeep wrangler rubicon.

Now this perosn lives out of the states and selling this car for 3600 bucks. To good to be true?

The car is in mint condition and should be worth around 22,000+. This may be a scam, but what do you think?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm sorry, I'll put it a little more bluntly. This is a long-running scam and you will lose your money if you wire it (which is what they're asking you to do, correct?).

    My guess is that you didn't find this on Ebay... it was more than likely Craigslist or Autotrader, correct? If it was Craiglist, see if the ad is still there. These scam ads usually get flagged very quickly.

    "Jessica" is an overseas scam artist preying upon naive folks that are looking for the quick score. What was "her" story for selling it so cheap? Divorcing? Overseas? In the military?

    As mentioned earlier, Ebay never gets involved as an escrow service in these situations. You give "Jessica" your info, wire the money into the fake escrow account, *POOF*, you're out $3600. There is no retrieving it, either. No refunds or tracing it.

    Don't fall for this. "Jessica" will try to tell you anything (via email, they never allow phone calls or in-person since they're overseas) to get you to wire that money.

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  • lj1
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It's a classic online scam. $3600 for a mint condition '05 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is way too good to be true. A 4 year old Wrangler isn't worth $22k, but it is worth way more than $3600.

    Also, these scammers always claim that Ebay is brokering the deal for them. Even if that is true, Ebay does not hold the funds until you are happy with the purchase. Paypal does that, but not Ebay.

    The facts that they are doing this from overseas, and that they are willing to pay the shipping costs are tell-tale signs of a scam as well. They will either take your money and run, or send you a vehicle that is nothing like the one in the ad. You should never buy a car sight unseen, and you should never exchange money for a car without having it inspected by a certified mechanic.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a complete scam. Nobody sells $22K Jeeps for $3600 unless they are baiting you for a rip off. Ignore this ad or risk losing everything.

    Buy locally, deal directly with the seller face to face. Never deal with any transaction that involves shipping or a third party "escrow" account.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh my god NO!!! Do not go through with this!!! I have too much experience to have any doubt that this is a scam! First off, no mint condition car is sold for $3,600 nowadays. This is absolutely too good to be true. Don't deal with someone unless you can see the car first! Make sure you get a phone number and actually see the owner face to face before you hand over any money. And definitely do not give any real identifying information to the person before confirming the car's papers and owner line up. Hope you take this to heart!

    Source(s): My crazy year as an 18 year old!
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  • JB
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    From what you posted, it seems like the seller is expecting ebay to be the escrow agent in this transaction if you can believe them. I'm not sure if ebay offers escrow service since they own PayPal that insures transactions up to a certain amount. Or could it be that this seller is trying to convince you that ebay is going to act as escrow when it might be a fake site set up by an accomplice to steal your money?

    What is this seller's ebay feedback rating? I prefer never to deal with anyone having lower than 90% for positive feedback.

    I visited an international shipper web site and got a quote for $2100 to ship a 2005 Jeep Cherokee from Boston to England. That is over 50% of the sale price your seller is asking for. That means the seller will only receive about $1500 for a 2005 Jeep in mint condition. Now this really sounds too good to be true.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I went through a transaction similar to yours. I contacted the bank he had his loan through. They gave me his account number and told me to make the cashiers check out to them. This was all done after the person I was making the purchase from called the bank as well. He let them know I was buying the car. He got the banks fax number. We met at our local library so the bank could fax us papers to sign, they were of the sale and title transfer. We both signed and faxed them back. I then mailed the cashiers check directly to his bank, I also included copies of the papers we both signed just to be safe. The bank then sent me the title, with my name filled in on the buyers line. I then had to go back to this guy and have him sign off on the title as well. It was time consuming and very confusing. But at least I was protected. It would have been a LOT easier if the bank would have been a local one where we could have just gone in and accomplished this in one visit! I hope this was somewhat helpful. If I had this to do over again... I wouldn't! It all turned out okay, but took almost 4 weeks to complete the transaction!

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  • 1 decade ago

    :o) You know I got a better idea, in fact this will make the seller feel like banging his head on the wall while you will be laughing like hell.

    Tell the seller that you are 100% ok to buy the car and make the payment BUT you will pay through ESCROW, in which you will deposite the money (escrow) and the seller will get hold of the money once you will give the green light to the bank or institute where the money is kept so the seller will get the money once you have recieved the delivery.

    Think about it, you are the one who got the upper hand :o)

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  • Otto
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Anyone who thinks this even MAY be true needs to have their head examined. It is one of the most widely used SCAM'S around.

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  • tmb
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    it is definitely a scam. i saw a car on craigslist. it was a 2005 toyota corolla with 20,000 miles, excellent condition, and it was only $2800. the guy told me that he currently lives in the UK and that ebay is handling the selling of his car. trust me, this is fraud.

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  • 1 decade ago

    sounds like a scam

    call ebay and see if they have a service where they will hold the $$$ in a secure bank and release it after u give the ok To them and kinda visa versa. i forget what u call these services but they exist.

    but honesty, it really sounds like a scam

    Source(s): exp
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