Research The “What If’s” Before Losing Money Or Merchandise Online

fbi ic3

Have you lost money or merchandise online? Sadly you’re pretty much on your own. Most local police send failed internet transactions to the FBI’s IC3 website to file a complaint. Chances are you’ve went this route and never were followed up by the feds! 😥 The internet today is like the old wild-wild-west of yesteryear. A time where their was very few laws, and even less law enforcement. Just walking into a saloon and looking at an outlaw often put a bullet into a persons head. Sadly this is the…

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Vehicle History Report Scam Targeting Consumers Selling Used Cars

Vehicle History Report Scam

The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning this month about vehicle history report scams tricking consumers into giving up their personal information. It’s a form of Phishing in an attempt to steal your personal information / identity. 😥 Beware con artists are everywhere! You get a call or text from someone who claims to be interested in buying your car. But first, the buyer wants to see your car’s history report. They ask you to get a vehicle history report from a specific website where you enter the VIN and…

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Work From Home Scam Fake Website Exposed

Work From Home Scam Exposed

Do You Really Think Earning $87 Hourly Working From Home Is A Reality? Possibly if you own an established business, but definitely NOT this work from home get rich quick scheme we debunk! This one is really slick. It want’s you to think it’s from BBC News, but that’s spoofed. It’s actually being generated by news-channel-live.com, loading it’s content from nancybishopcasting.com It’s set up to query your city by isp location as the page loads. Then It dynamically adds your city to various locations in it’s text. Makes you think…

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Officials Warn Used Car Buyers Of VIN Cloning Scam

Officials warn of car VIN Cloning

A new used car vin cloning scam is making the rounds, and it’s leaving victims without their cars and money. For some of us, a car is a status symbol. For others, it’s a necessity. A  car is not a luxury. You need a car here. Felix Legreca wanted a black Chrysler 300 and found an unbelievably good deal on one. And the car was beautiful, perfect, everything good. It’s going to be my birthday, and my dad gave me the money, he said buy the car that you want.…

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People’s Choice Charities Alleged Car Donation Fraud

People’s Choice Charities Alleged Used Car Donation Fraud

From Patch.com: Prosecutors Allege State and county prosecutors filed papers to close down a car donation charity that allegedly pockets proceeds and misleads donors. The state attorney general and county prosecutors today filed a $3 million consumer protection lawsuit against a North Hollywood- based car donation charity that allegedly misled donors about how much money goes to charitable causes. The lawsuit against People’s Choice Charities, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleged breach of fiduciary duty, untrue and misleading advertisement, unfair competition and negligence. It seeks a permanent injunction…

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Man Arrested In Murder Of IL Student Selling Car

Michael Gordon Craigslist murder suspect

Investigators have arrested a St. Louis area truck driving school employee in the murder of an Illinois student who was found slain after posting his car for sale on Craigslist. CBS News Reports The body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark was found at the M.T.C. Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. Tuesday, about 400 feet from the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX he had posted for sale and 25 miles west of where he was last seen by his girlfriend Monday in Glen Carbon, Ill. Police say the employee, 24-year-old Michael Gordon, fatally…

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NICB Warns of Widespread Craigslist Auto Sales Scam

NICB Warns Of Widespread Craigslist Auto Sales Scam

NICB an insurance industry-backed crime watch group is warning about an organized auto sales fraud involving the popular online market place, Craigslist. Working with law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area and across the Midwest, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says it has identified nearly 100 sales where phony bank checks were used to pay for the vehicle. These scams are well organized and have all the appearances of being legitimate. Said NICB president and CEO Joe Wehrle. But in the end, the criminal gets the car and the…

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Georgia Couple Murdered In Craigslist Car Scam

GA Missing Couple Bud June Runion

Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife June were headed to McRae GA on Thursday to meet someone who responded to an ad Bud Runion placed on Craigslist seeking a 1966 Mustang. Relatives became concerned when the couple did not return for a family function and did not answer their cell phone. Cobb County detectives believe the couple was riding in a pewter- or champagne colored 2003 GMC Envoy with Georgia tag BWU 7349. They say Bud Runion is white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He is…

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Will Green Dots “Reload @ the Register” Stop Fraud

green dot moneypak reload @ the register cards

Green Dot Corporation just announced it’s “Reload @ the Register” program. After reading a post on NJ.com that touted the end of Green Dot Moneypak Fraud. “Bamboozled: How to end MoneyPak scams? If you can’t catch the con artists, kill the cards.” I searched the article for the companies press release on the subject. Maybe I’m missing something in the below press release. As i read the statement all this is going to do is make the reload process easier. If you do not have a Green Dot moneypac card…

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Woman Loses $28K To Craigslist Car SELLING Scam

Doc's Internet Car Buying Tips

The Daily Journal Online reports on this Craigslist car selling scam that cost a woman her car. A Park Hills resident thought she found a buyer for her Dodge Challenger. Instead she became a victim of a scam. “According to Park Hills police, the local woman posted an ad on Craigslist asking $28,000 for a 2013 Dodge Challenger. She was contacted by a man from Chicago who ran a CarFax report and agreed to buy the car. He told her he would deal directly with her bank to pay off…

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10 Tips For A Successful Car-Buying Experience

Buying Cars On Craigslist

Are you looking for a used car and shopping on Craigslist? If so Car and Driver just published this article i suggest you read. The vehicle listings on Craigslist are often light on graphics and always free of oversight, and cruising them can be an eye-opening experience. Usable at no cost for most sellers, half-truths are plentiful in the listings and vehicle histories rare, leaving it to you to connect the dots. (Very few people take our advice for selling a car online.) Yet Craigslist can be a highly effective…

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Cybercrime Ring Selling Non Existent Cars Busted

Cyber Crime Ring Busted Selling Non Existent Cars

A group of Eastern European men have been charged with running a multimillion-dollar scam through sites including eBay and Cars.com, prosecutors announced Thursday. Charges were unsealed against Romanian national Nicolae Popescu, currently a fugitive, along with five of his compatriots and one Albanian who also remain at large. U.S. law enforcement officials have issued alerts for the men through Interpol, the international police agency. Popescu, 33, is accused of leading a crime ring that placed fake listings on e-commerce websites including eBay, Cars.com, AutoTrader.com, and CycleTrader.com. The listings allegedly advertised…

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Two Romanians Convicted Of Bank Fraud Sentenced

FBI Report: Vehicle Purchase Protection Fraud

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that two Romanian citizens were sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven for participating in an extensive Internet “phishing” scheme. Bogdan Boceanu, 30, was sentenced to 80 months of imprisonment, and Andrei Bolovan, 29, was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment. A phishing scheme uses the Internet to target large numbers of unwary individuals, using fraud and…

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Export Kuwait Used Car Buyer Loses $23K In Bank Wire Transfer Scam

Export Car Buyer Defrauded Dodge Challenger eBay

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…

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MoneyGram To Refund $100M To Fraud Victims

MoneyGram Busted For Money Laundering

MoneyGram International has admitted it criminally aided and abetted wire fraud and failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The global money services firm has agreed to forfeit $100 million and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Justice Department. According to court documents, MoneyGram was involved in mass marketing and consumer fraud phishing schemes, perpetrated by corrupt MoneyGram agents and others, that defrauded tens of thousands of victims in the United States. MoneyGram also failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program in violation of the…

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Internet Auto Scams Using Google Checkout

Google Checkout Scam Warning!

Just a quick reminder that Fraudsters are using Google Checkout as a 3rd party in an attempt to add legitimacy to their scams. Once again it’s the lure of an unrealistic price that makes these scams work. Don’t fall for it and loose your money! Read my article Internet Car Buying Tips first before attempting to buy any vehicle online. The butt you save will probably be your own! From a comment on another of our blog posts: 01/28/2013 at 10:38 AM Lisa Hicks (Scammer) Hi, I am selling this…

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Beware Of Low Priced Used Car Deposit Scams

Beware Of A Bargain Priced Automobile

Regardless if a car is for sale on the internet in another state or locally. If the advertised price seems too good to be true, you have to ask yourself why? Fraudsters come in all forms of people and use many different techniques to to steal your money. One such technique as depicted in this scam enactment video presentation, is the old deposit hustle.  Craigslist and lots of small online classifieds are full of scams like this one. Learn how to become a smart internet vehicle buyer:  Read Doc’s Internet…

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Another Holiday Phishing Scam Website Exposed

e-businesstrader.com Screen Capture

It’s the Holiday Season and Fraudsters are working hard to try and steal your money. This consumer was smart and asked about a suspected fraudulent website on eBay’s Motors Discussion Board. Most of the regulars are quite net savvy, but one did claim the site in question was indeed legit! Also Internet Scammers Blogged about e-businesstrader.com website as being a scam yesterday. And a website Who Is look up shows the domain was registered on 10/22/2011.  Folks Just Remember: These SCAMMERS are PROS at what they Specialize In – STEAL…

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BestAtvStore.com XSS Cross Site Scripting Fraud

best atv store fraud video

This poster on eBay’s Motors Forums claimed he was redirected to www.bestatvstore.com after clicking on an eBay internal link. That sounds like another eBay XSS Redirect that has been uncorrected for many years. Hey John Bodine.. Why don’t you post in one of your eBay forums “we heard you and have fixed that redirect vulnerability.” Watch that post go Poof! LOL!! Actually today a Google Safe Browsing look up on eBay.com showed 74 Scripting Exploits, and 3 Trojans. And this US-Cert Vulnerability Note VU#808921 warns of this scripting vulnerability: eBay contains a…

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Fraudulent Dependable Auto Shipping Website

Scammers Fake DAS Auto Shipping Website

This counterfeit Dependable Auto Shippers Website was uncovered by Internet Scammers Blog. This website is probably used in conjunction with the Fake eBay VPP Scam and Scam eBay Live Support Chat websites. Fraudsters use look-a-like websites in an attempt to add visual legitimacy to their illegal operations. Don’t swallow the sucker bait and lose your money! Together a few sites like these look good to the untrained newbie vehicle shopper! See the Who Is Record for this domain, which was probably registered with someones stolen credit card. Note the Difference…

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Update On Scammers Using eBay Buyer Protection

The eBay Warehouse

Doc has noticed scammers are now also using Amazons brand name targeting car buyers in the net. eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection is still the preferred method. To qualify for this VPP protection you MUST be a REGISTERED eBay Member, and either Officially Win an Auction on eBay Motors, OR through purchasing a Vehicle by clicking the BUY NOW Button on a legitimate eBay Motors Fixed Price BUY NOW Listing! Furthermore. Let it be known that there is only one eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection plan (VPP), and that is provided by…

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Police Nab Crooks From Organized Cyber Crime Ring

Romainian Scammers Busted

70 Internet Scammers Down and sitting in the clink. Now we need to get the rest of the wanna be scammers that will soon take over! In other words don’t let your guard down and fall for another scammers bait.  As long as consumers believe there is a vehicle in mint condition, with free shipping, and offered for half of it’s book value, these scams will continue! We can put the remaining scammers like these out of business if we quit swallowing the sucker bait! More info HERE and HERE. …

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