1936 LaSalle Auction Scam On eBay Motors

Here is another low profile collector car scam on eBay Motors. 1936 LaSalle coupe. It looks like the same car scam that Doc captured back in December 2009.

Scammers are now trying to maintain a low profile to stay in business on eBay Motors. They list a car like this one with a single photo, and start the bidding low. They hope you will contact them and request more photos and information about the car. If the bids get too high the scammers simply cancel them.

The whole idea of this low profile scam is to try and fly under eBay’s radar. If you swallow their sucker bait hook line and sinker, they will be sending you fake eBay vehicle protection program emails that look like they came from eBay – but they are sent by the scammers!

eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection does not cover off site scams like this one! So Don’t Feed The Scammers!

3 comments

  • Perhaps I can add to this that the best way to guard against being ripped off by online sales or auctions is to use a bona fide online escrow company. Although it does add some cost, that will take uncertainty out of the transaction.

    For my money, the best bona fide online escrow (and there seems to be ten fraudulent escrow sites for every bona fide one) is probably Escrow.com (http://escrow.com). In fact, it’s the only one that eBay recommends.

    Take care,

    Ulf Wolf

  • While i agree that http://www.escrow.com is eBay’s preferred escrow provider, On high dollar vehicles it would be cost prohibitive. Best bet is to pay in person after inspecting the vehicle.

    If you can’t personally inspect the vehicle, hire a 3rd party inspection service to inspect the vehicle and send you a report on it’s condition. But just blindly sending money to a stranger is foolish these days.

    eBay, the internet company that stole the trust their members built!

  • More good info on an escrow.com car deal gone bad. The buyer holds most of the cards when using escrow. Don’t take the chance. You could wind up like this seller.

    http://www.ebaymotorssucks.com/?p=453

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