Export Kuwait Used Car Buyer Loses $23K In Bank Wire Transfer Scam
03/06/2013 Last Updated
This export car buyer from Kuwait was scammed out of $23,600 after legitimately buying this late model Dodge Challenger on eBay. Seller contacted buyer who wire transferred the funds to sellers bank account. Seller later claimed his girlfriend stole the money. Vehicle purchase protection program (VPP) refused to pay the buyers claim, saying the buyer is not in the USA or Canada! 😥
From this Motors forum post:
Cant get the car i bought Mar 1, 2013 03:14 PM
I bought a car from eBay, after i sent the payment to bank account i had from the seller, he told me a story that the account isn’t his, and his girl friend ran away with the money.. he refuses to give the car saying he was a victim of fraud by his girlfriend!! how can i have his full name and address by his profile in eBay ?
What makes matters even worse is eBay Motors VPP does not cover transactions when the buyer is out of the USA! His only possible recourse is to file a police report with the department where the seller and his girlfriend live. eBay could care less – they got their $125 fee for a successful transaction.
My recommendation to the buyer is to either print out the eBay listing or get a screen capture of it as proof it was indeed listed and purchased on eBay. When and IF eBay suspends this seller – they will remove all trace of the listing you won. You need proof of this listing when filing a police report. Do it ASAP!
So it appears this eBay seller nipped the VIN from an online listing somewhere, and nipped the photos somewhere else. It is also worth mentioning that the above CarMax listing Experian Auto Check history report shows a Lien filed on 12/09/2012. With an advertised sale price of $30,988 I’m thinking just the payoff is more than this car brought on eBay Motors auction.
Back in the beginning it was Trust and Community that made eBay Motors vehicle transactions work so well. Now the words Trust and eBay don’t compute! Trust is only a 5 letter word with little to no meaning.
Anyone can join eBay and put a listing like this up, with no verification of the sellers right to offer the vehicle for sale.
And with eBay CEO John Donahoe trying to turn eBay into an Amazon.com clone, while further trashing his own once very successful business model, i don’t see this site getting any better or more secure any time soon.
Doc produced this followup video on 07/29/13 4 months later, showing his web-server IP hits coming from Kuwait. This kind of negativity toward eBay from a foreign country that imports American made automobiles is a disaster. 😳
We have to agree with those motors forum members who commented about how insecure buying on eBay Motors has become.
I’m wondering if eBay will ever clean this used car sales venue up? It’s really sad that export automobile buyers can not trust sellers. It was credibility and trust that made trading automobiles worldwide work so well back in the beginning! 🙁