Another buyer fell victim to a Craigslist / eBay Nissan scam. As Doc says, beware of a too good to be true deal. There is no “Bargain Used Car” with free shipping! 🙁
From ABC11 Diane Wilson: One scam caught Ashley Lucas off guard, and she is now out $2,500. She spotted a 2009 Nissan Maxima for sale on Craigslist. It was listed for $1,500, so she wanted to act fast as it was a price she could afford.
She emailed back and forth with the seller, and the seller claimed the purchase came with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. Ashley thought the deal would be protected, so she moved forward with it. A 2009 Nissan Maxima for 1,500 is a SCAM SCAM SCAM! 😥
The catch? The seller wanted her to pay in eBay gift cards!
“First I bought the three $500 gift cards, and then they said they needed a thousand more dollars because they said they needed insurance for them to ship it to my house and they said they would refund it to me once the car was delivered,” Ashley said.
So Ashley bought the $2,500 worth of gift cards and then followed the instructions from the seller by scratching off the numbers on each gift card and giving those numbers to the seller, so then they had access to the money.
Ashley thought she’d be getting her new car, but then the seller asked for more money. I told them I’m getting a little curious, they were no longer sending emails back,” she said. “They weren’t answering their calls.” Ashley realized she had been scammed.
“I felt stupid because I was already low on money and I just was going to take a risk because I need a car really bad,” Ashley said.
Former eBay Motors PowerSeller and retired licensed Florida used car dealer with over 40 years experience in the business blogs about eBay. He shares helpful advice for motor vehicle buyers and sellers. Have questions or need help? Ask Doc!