Intelligence Note...Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
March 5, 2009 , Fake Military Twist On Vehicle Sale Scams Online !
The FBI continues to receive reports of individuals victimized while attempting to purchase vehicles via the Internet. Victims find attractively priced vehicles advertised at different Internet classified ad sites. Most of the scams include some type of third-party vehicle protection program to ensure a safe transaction.
After receiving convincing e-mails from the phony vehicle protection program, the victims are directed to send either the full payment, or a percentage of the payment, to the third-party agent via a wire payment service. No vehicles are delivered to the victims.
In a new twist, scammers are posing as members of the United States military. The fictitious military personnel in the scam have either been sent to a foreign country to improve military relations, or they need to sell a vehicle quickly and cheaply because of their upcoming deployment to either Iraq or Afghanistan.
Consumers are advised to do as much due diligence as possible before engaging in transactions to purchase vehicles advertised online. Consumers are also cautioned to be aware of the rules of or warnings posted by the Internet sites they visit. If someone is asking a consumer to break or avoid the rules of the Web site, it is possible that person is trying to scam you.
If you have fallen victim to this type of scam, please notify the IC3 (FBI CYBER UNIT) by filing a complaint at www.IC3.gov.
Private Investigator Bill Warner has written extensively on the used car scams online run in the USA with some of the scammers sending profits to the Middle East to support terrorism.
See my prior post, Wednesday, March 04, 2009, Salvage Auto Sales from Wreck to Cream Puff Shipped Overseas in Financial Support of Terrorism, CARS WERE SOLD ONLINE
See my prior post, Friday, February 06, 2009, Aussie Car Rebirthing Scam Busted, Faisal Soueid Sold Wrecked Cars From Salvage Yards Repaired With Stolen Parts, Sold Cars Online.
See my prior post, Used Car Dealers Abdel "Fred" Baset Jawad, Abdul "Manny" Muniem Mohamad Jawad, Najeh "Alex" Kamal Jawad and Armando Fathic Abdallah Arrested by FBI THEY SOLD CARS ONLINE.
See my prior post, Thursday, December 11, 2008, FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED, SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST, VIN SWITCHING, THEY SOLD CARS ONLINE.