On Your Side: Online car buying scam

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:28 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A woman in Springfield thought she found a great deal on a van.

It’s perfect for her brother who uses a wheelchair. Turns out, it’s a scam. That’s when she emailed On Your Side.

“We really needed that van. Seemed like a good deal,” said Robin Phillips. Phillips cares for her brother, Mike.

She spotted a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country with 55,000 miles on Facebook Marketplace for $4,000.

The description reads, ‘No damage, no scratches, dents or hidden defects and there’s wheelchair conversion.

Phillips inquired.

“I told her how bad he needed this. It’s just too hard to get him in and out of a vehicle now days,” she said.

The so called seller said her husband passed away last month and van brings bad memories.

Phillips got an invoice. It has the eBay logo and touts a secure online transaction. Phillips was instructed to pay for the $2,000 deposit using gift cards.

Phillips and her brother bought the cards, but she had a feeling. She called the real eBay and gave them the invoice number.

“He said that’s a fraudulent invoice number. It wasn’t listed on eBay. I saved my brother $4,000,” she said.

Be wary of sob stories from the seller and vehicles priced below market value.

By the way, Phillips thought she saw the ad on a Springfield used car dealership Facebook page. The crooks took a local business name and slightly changed it.

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