Update On Scammers Using eBay Buyer Protection

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.

The eBay Warehouse

The eBay Motors Escrow Warehouse

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 eBay for buyers ofsome of the vehicles listed on eBay Motors“. Not all Years, Makes, and Models are covered. CLICK HERE FOR THE EBAY VPP FINE PRINT!

I get emails regularly from folks asking about Craigslist eBay VPP details. Now the scammers are using Amazon.com in their scams claiming Amazon holds the money, yada, yada, yada. This is a SCAM!

Neither eBay or Amazon act as escrow agents for sellers. If the VEHICLE PRICE IS DIRT CHEAP – IT’S A SCAM! If you fall for this scam you will loose your money! Plain and Simple!!

Be especially aware of any second chance offer you receive after loosing an auction, it could be fraudulent. Never send even a small deposit until you have confirmed the validity of the offer by contacting the seller through the eBay message center. If a second chance offer is not in your eBay MY Messages it could very well be fraudulent as well. Proceed with caution!

In this actual scammers eBay Invoice for a vehicle – the goal of the scam is to sucker the mark out of an $8450 deposit by bank wire transfer. This scam however has a double whammy twist to it – the fraudsters request you call a toll free number to confirm your purchase. Doing that will get your Identity Stolen as well as your money!

eBay Second Chance Offer Scam That Will Phish Your Identity AND Steal Your Money!

eBay Second Chance Offer Scam That Will Phish Your Identity AND Steal Your Money!

Just Beware These Scams Are VERY REAL And VERY DANGEROUS. If your not careful you could wind up making payments for years on a vehicle you never received and never owned!

The FBI Recently Cracked Down on Scammers Hawking eBay VPP Fraud!

Scammers Are Using This FAKE Chat Room in an attempt to add legitimacy to their fraud. BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! 

This 1967 Olds 442 W30 is a Scammers Auction. The cars REAL Owner (a licensed dealer) can’t get eBay to remove the scam listing!

eBay Facilitates Fraud By Refusing To Remove Scam Auctions.

If you fall for Sucker Bait like this – you WILL Loose Your Money!

Meet – Ghiuri Simionescu… Teenage Romanian Scammer!

romanian scammer 3

Pictured with his Father Below..

romanian car scammer 1

Trust Me.. Don’t Give Your Money To, Ghiuri Simionescu!

20 comments

  • We just got scammed by Andrew Q Leckner. We supposely bought a rv from him. And we called the air force base where he supposely was and there was no such person. And the ebay motor agent address ended up at a honda dealership in florida. So be very careful before you by from ebay or charleston auto sales. Is there anyway to get our money back???

    • Unfortunately you fell for a very common scam. There are warnings all over the Internet about this garden variety of scam.

      Chances are your money is in Europe by now, and there is not much of a chance of recovering it if sent by Western Union.

      If you sent pmt by a bank wire transfer to an eBay agent it’s possible to prosecute the money mule in the middle, but that will not get your money back if that person no longer has it.

  • so-called military men and women, widowed and,or deployed looking to sell their motorcycles.Everyone of these ads are trying have ebay middle-man the deal.Are there any legitimate businesses that will facilitate an honest purchase?I hope so!!!!

  • Jennifer Smith

    Just caught Air Force Msgt. Andrew Q Leckner trying to sell 2007 Stingray Boat. Please be careful do not give out your name, address & Ph# to this person. Its a scam…

    • Greetings Everyone..

      There is no Andrew Q Leckner, or anyone else in the Air Force, Army, or any other US Armed Forces that is selling a vehicle at 1/10’th of it’s actual value!

      These SCAMMERS are in Europe mostly. In places like Romania and other ex communist countries. Lots of countries harbor these scammers because the cops are on the take.

      Save your money! If it’s DIRT CHEAP You Can Bet That 99% Of The Time IT’S A SCAM!

      Wizen Up Folks!!

  • What if they say they will send you the car and you can inspect it for 5 days without paying. Also he said this “I AM SELLING UNDER THE MARKET’S VALUE BECAUSE I NEED LIQUIDITY IN ORDER TO FINISH THE HOUSE THAT I AM BUILDING.” too good to be true?

  • No fair Dominic, I can’t belive you beat me on the bid for that car!
    …just kidding…

    YES, THEY ARE ALL SCAMS

    I found a car on autotrader website, but I couldn’t actually inspect the car because he kept changing his story about where it was located. He wanted me to pay through “amazon–transaction.com” and “amazontransaction.com” and this “Jose” sounded pretty European on the phone.

  • Mohammad Toriello

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  • Dean Sibley

    Air Force Msgt. Andrew Q. Leckner offered to sell me a xlr 05 cadillac for $5800 because he need to finish building his home. Sadly I did give him my address to deliver the car. I was out of town and asked him go send it when I returned. I questioned him about the street legal of the car and at that point he stopped communicating with me. I was leary at the price. He was going to use ebay and give me 5 days to inspect the car. I KNEW IT SOUNDED TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
    Thanks for the warning.

  • 👿

    From a Craig’s List ad:

    Harrison Susan E SSgt USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

    “My name is Susan, and I’m emailing you about the Harley-Davidson Touring I have for sale. The bike is in perfect condition, with no need for any additional repairs. Flawless condition, no scratches and no dents. It has never been involved in an accident. The mileage is 17,000, with an 1550 cc engine size. It has a clear title with no loans or liens on it. The price was reduced at $3,300 as I need to sell the bike before the 25th of May when I will be leaving with my platoon back to Afghanistan, so I don’t want it getting old in my backyard.”

  • daddybigballz

    from craigslist:

  • daddybigballz

    I found on craigslit a motorcycle from a “Chloe Finkel SSgt USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF”. one correspondance was the same as mike elders to a “T”. My Father then ran into a scam involving a 61 Studebaker that was more elaborate but ended up as mine did with Amazon payments being the middle man w/ the same 5 day grace period. I however called Amazon to verify the emails i received came from them which they did not. Same with my Dads.

  • Almost ANYTIME someone is selling a vehicle (car, boat bike, etc.) in perfect condition for less than 1/2 of it’s actual value, you can be pretty positive it is a scam. Here’s another for a 2006 Chaparral 216 deck boat for $4000:

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Hansen Annette L SSgt USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF
    To: [email protected]
    Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:03 AM
    Subject: 2006 Chaparral 216 DB

    Hello ,
    My name is Annette, and I’m emailing you about the Chaparral I have for sale. The boat is in perfect condition, with no need for any additional repairs. Flawless condition, no dents and no mechanical problems. It has never been in salt water. It has 232 hours and it comes with trailer and all the extras included. It has a clear title with no loans or liens on it. The price was reduced at $4,000 as I need to sell the boat before the 7th of June when I will be leaving with my platoon back to Afghanistan, so I don’t want it getting old in my backyard.
    If you have any other questions, or need more info, please feel free to ask.

    Thank you,
    Annette

    This boat handles real nice.

  • KEE-ASSKICKER!

    GOT YOU! 😯 YOU FUCKING SCAMMER PIECE OF SHIT! ESPECIALY ON A US WEEKEND!
    DO YOU THINK EVERONE IS THAT STUPID IN THE U.S.
    Is this a SCAM! ON THIS WEEKEND! FUCKEN THINK ABOUT IT TRADER! If you are real, Call me. You can do this on base from personel.

    Last chance, call my cell

    I have your IP address and will investagate this, if this is FRAUD I will personaly hunt you down like I had done before in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraque,Isereal, GREECE—— I HAVE THE FUNDS AND I WILL FIND YOU!

    On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM, Hansen Annette L SSgt USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF wrote:

    Hi there,
    Right now I am at the military base getting ready for Afghanistan. This means that I am doing a special training and I am not allowed to get out of the unit. The boat is already at the shipping company in Topeka KS sealed and ready for the shipping. My presence won’t be necessary because I prearranged the deal with Amazon. The deal includes free delivery and it will arrive at your address in 3 days. You will have 5 days to test it and inspect the boat prior to making any purchase and if by any reason you find something you don’t like about it you can send it back at my expense.
    If you are interested in knowing more info about how it works, i can ask Amazon to send you an email with more information on how to purchase it. Amazon will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the information that you need to complete this deal and you will also have proof that I am covered by them and a legitimate seller. If you would like to receive the email from Amazon will all the transaction information please reply with your full name and ph# they will contact you right away.

    Regards

    ——————————————————————————–
    Subject: Re: 1997 Proline 27′ Center Console
    To: [email protected]
    From:
    Date: Sun, 27 May 2012 04:08:53 +0000

    Thank you for fighting for our rights. You are one of the many heros like my father 10 mtn. WWii. So provide me address so i can make flight arrangment tonight. Or call me. Thnx

    Thank you!

    ——————————————————————————–

    From: Hansen Annette L SSgt USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

    Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 22:34:21 -0500

    To: <

    Subject: 1997 Proline 27' Center Console

    Hello Keith,
    My name is Annette, and I'm emailing you about the 1997 Proline 27' Center Console I have for sale. The boat is in perfect condition, with no need for any additional repairs. Flawless exterior/interior condition, no scratches and no dents. It has never been in salt water. It has 145 hours and it comes with a clear title with no loans or liens on it. The price was reduced at $3,300 as I need to sell the boat before the 9th of June when I will be leaving with my platoon back to Afghanistan, so I don't want getting it old in my backyard.
    If you have any other questions, or need more info, please feel free to ask.

    Thank you,
    Annette

    Is this ad correct? If so call me I will fly out Monday!

    Thanks

    Keith in Ca.

  • "M. Williams"

    red ford f150 for 1800 dollars on craigslist says hes military on base of newyork national gaurd about to deploy to iraq .thanks to this website and not being totally stupid . this piece of shit didnt get the last money my wife and two kids have.
    dont fall for matt wils eastern european piece of shits scam!!!!!!!!!

  • [email protected] is a scammer on craigslist dont fall for this he says hes military leaving for iraq trying to sell a red ford f150 for 1800 dollars on craigslist saying pay through amazon payment protection program that i have 5 days to inspect the vehicle his name says [email protected] “M. Williams” dont fall for this european piece of shits scam. beacuse of this website and not being totally stupid, this ass didnt get the last money me my wife and two kids have.

  • looks like I stumbled upon another scammmer…
    jessica romano Jan 27 (1 day ago)
    very interested please contact me to test drive

    Lisa Hicks 9:12 AM (1 hour ago)
    Hi, I am selling this 2000 Ford F-150 because my platoon has been sent to Afg…

    jessica romano 9:43 AM (1 hour ago)
    how do i pay?

    Lisa Hicks
    9:54 AM (52 minutes ago)

    to me
    The transaction will be fully under Google’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability during online transactions. They act as a neutral third party. Look how this works:
    I will contact Google Checkout and give all the info about this deal.They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal(invoice, payment instructions, buyer’s and seller’s protection policy).You will send the money to Google Checkout and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.After you will inspect the vehicle and decide to keep it, Google Checkout will forward the funds to me once you have approved them to do so.They will hold and insure your money until you will receive and test the vehicle.I need your name , shipping address and cell # so I can reserve the vehicle for you and register the transaction with Google Checkout and they will contact you with all the instructions step by step on how to complete the transaction.

  • Joe, Thanks for the info. 😉

    I had heard Scammers were using Google Checkout as a 3rd party to scam folks.

    Doc

  • I am glad I am a google search queen!!!! They almost got me as well! Here is the email I received and here is the email address: L99T ;

    Please beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hello,

    This 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 runs and drives excellent. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident. Everything works in the truck: lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc… It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title.

    I was serving in Fort Lewis, US Army base near Pierce County, Washington and now I am deployed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The truck is still in Fort Lewis, US Army base and will be delivered from there.

    I have dropped my price to $1,900 (purchase price) that includes delivery and handling to your address since this is an Urgent Sale! I need to sell it before April 19th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your Full Name and Shipping Address to open a case with Amazon Payments. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure without any obligation to buy it or fees.

    The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the truck. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. If the truck is not in same condition as I said, you will ship it back on my expense and Amazon Payments will send you a full refund. But I assure you won’t be the case.

    I don’t want to offend you, but the truck is priced for a fast sale so if you intend to apply for a loan or financing please do not reply to this message.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Lucille Tillman

    • had the same e mail here !! Scammers using Amazon payments be aware guys

      Hello,

      This 1971 Plymouth Satellite runs and drives excellent. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained, hasn’t been involved in any accident and has a clear title. Everything works in the vehicle: lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, etc… It has no leaks, drips and does not smoke at all. Has no electrical or mechanical problems, damages, dings, scratches or hidden defects.

      I bought it when I was serving in Fort Lewis, WA U.S. Army base and now I am deployed in London, UK. The vehicle will be delivered from Washington, US. I have dropped my price to $10,800 (purchase price) that includes delivery and handling to your address since this is an Urgent Sale! I need to sell it before February 27th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

      I have setup this sale with Amazon Payments so this deal must go through them. The transaction will be managed by Amazon Payments for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period (starting from the moment when you get it) before committing to buy the vehicle. If the vehicle is not in same condition as I said, you will ship it back on my expense and Amazon Payments will send you a full refund. But I assure you won’t be the case.

      If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your Full Name and Shipping Address to open a case with Amazon Payments. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure without any obligation to buy it or fees.

      I don’t want to offend you, but the vehicle is priced for a fast sale so if you intend to apply for a loan or financing please do not reply to this message.

      Hope to hear from you soon!

      Alicia Willow

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