Craigslist Scammer – selling 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS
Scammer selling vehicle advertised on Craigslist from coast to coast in the US. Content of a typical ad:
2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS LIKE NEW – $3990
VEHICLE COMES WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE HYUNDAI FACTORY WARRANTY
CAR HAS: Air Conditioning,Satelite Radio, AM/FM Stereo – CD, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Windows, Radial Tires, Trip Odometer
100% SCAM – Do not send any money to this guy. Never ever send money via Western Union or Moneygram to someone you do not know personally.
I received this email from the scammer:
Thank you for being interested in buying my 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 8,842 miles , Transmission: Automatic, VIN: 5NPET46C69H538014.
It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; comes with all the documents needed for registration and clear title.
My final price on it is US $3,990. It is priced to sell fast !
My husband died one month ago and I decided to move closer to my parents(they are very old) in Canada and the car is here with me. As I am unable to travel in the near future and having no one to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this.
So don’t get me wrong and don’t take it personally but I would prefer to secure the deal through eBay. Also because the car will be shipped from Canada to US I prefer to work with a third party in order to keep the both of us safe in this deal. I will be assured you will buy the car and you will be assured that you will receive it! Basically the money will be sent to them and they will keep the money until you receive the car and only after you inspect and drive it they will forward the money to me.
If you have other questions feel free to email.
A second email from the scammer:
The car is still registered in US. If we reach an agreement, I am willing to take care of the shipping to your address as the vehicle is already at the shipping company in Quebec ready to go anywhere in the United States. Also the car has a clear title and it is free of any lien/loan.
The sale will be managed by eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part.
eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program will keep the money until you inspect/drive the vehicle.
This is how the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program works:
1. I will contact eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and give all the info about this deal.
2. They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal.
3. You will send the payment to eBay and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.
4. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the funds and the deal is done.
Remember you have 3 days to test it. If by any reason the vehicle is not as described or if you find any problems with it I will pay for the returning fees. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of art looking and working vehicle. I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure everything is clarified before any further steps.
If you are interested please let me know your shipping details(name and address) so I can open a transaction case.
Looking forward to hear from you!
Third email from the scammer:
From: Michelle Brewer <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM
Subject: RE: 2009 Hyundai
If you want to find out more details or wish to move forward with this deal please send me your full name and shipping address so I can open a case with ebay and declare you as buyer. As soon as I have your details I will ask ebay to contact you with further information regarding payment and shipping.
Fourth email from the scammer:
I have noticed eBay and I have started the transaction. They will contact you shortly with payment instructions and shipping details. Read them carefully and proceed with the payment. Once I will have the payment confirmation from them I will start the shipping. Please let me know when you’ll be able to make the payment. I will also keep you updated on the arrival and everything.
It’s a pleasure doing business with you!
Thank you very much!