Security Alert: Red flags for buying a car online

Reporter: Rich Kolko
Published: Updated:
Credit: WINK News.

Buying a used vehicle online has never been easier. But before you click the button to buy WINK News found some red flags you need to watch out for.

In 2017, the FBI received complaints of more than 54 million dollars in fake sales of cars, boats and RVs So how can you protect yourself? Be on the lookout for these red flags, really low prices and reasons for selling such as:

  • I’m moving or being deployed by the military
  • Or I just got a car I don’t need from a dead relative

Those are common ploys to get your money

  • And finally, the form of payment they ask for can be a big red flag

“If the criminal asks you to send money via western union money gram or gift cards, that’s the most popular way now,” said Lieutenant Chad Parker with Collier County Sheriff’s Office. “Go ahead and send funds via gift cards for a car, you’re never gonna receive the car, and you’re gonna lose your money.”

It’s also best to actually see the car in person before you buy.

But if you can’t, ask to video chat with the owner, so they can show you the car.


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