Car for sale fraud: selling a car much lower than market value

Here is another fraud attempt. The scammer advertises a desirable car for much less than market value, then claiming that the car will be shipped.

The car in question in this case is the fuel efficient hybrid Toyota Prius. While it sells for $19,000 used for 2004, this scammer said he is selling a 2007 for $5,400.

Here is an email chain about this.

From: me
To: Lorraine Thompson  

Hello

I saw your ad for a Prius:

2007 TOYOTA PRIUS , 40000 kms, $5400, Pre-owned, 2007 Toyota Prius with option package 2.
Clean title - no accidents or damage, excellent condition, super clean, non-smoker, one owner, always garaged, regular oil changes.

Which city is this car located in?

What is your phone number so I can get more info on it.

The reply from "Lorraine" was typical:

To: Lorraine Thompson  
From: me
		

Hello,
Glade to see your interest in purchasing my car.
2007 Toyota Prius
Automatic transmission. The Color is Red /Gray interior.
Clean carfax no lien,  there is nothing to be paid on this car.
Still under warranty, fully transferable to the new owner, full coverage, 
covers the engine transmission. drive axle transfer case water pump electrical
and air conditioning. You can use the warranty, at any dealer or any certified mechanicof your choice. 
Has never been in an accident and needs nothing at this time. The interior of 
the car is in excellent shape. It comes with clear title, original invoice, bill
of sale, owner manual.
I want 5,400 for the car and the reason I'm selling for so low is because it's
the only asset I have that can be turned fast into cash.
I'm on a business trip right now, so I can sell you the car only through an
escrow company.
Probably the delivery can be included in the price, but I need your post code to make sure.
Thank-you,
Lorraine

Note that "she" is on a business trip, and is selling it cheap because it is the "only asset", and will use an "escrow" company.

Contents: 

Comments

Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009

Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 12:11:58 -0700
Subject: Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EXL
From: deborahwilson715@googlemail.com
To: clementvarghese@hotmail.com

Thank you for being interested in buying my 2005 Honda Pilot EXL, 98000 miles, automatic transmission. It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.

I have recetly moved to Portugal. I was hoping to take my car here but when I found out how much shipping and registration would be i've changed my mind. As I'm unable to travel in the near future and I don't have anyone in the US to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it's the right way to do this.

The final price is $4,000. If you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you,
Deborah

I almost fell for this one on

I almost fell for this one on craigslist. A guy said he would give me a deal if I bought and used touchup paint to fix some scratches on the side. After I did, he wanted me to put down a deposit which I never saw again because the guy apparently left the state. What the heck!

used car mislabed craiglist

I recently replied to a craiglist for a used 2004 Toyota Highlander for sale for $3100. The ad was placed with the car being located in Orlando Florida area. However after numerous email finds that the car is in Omaha, Nebraska. Further he wants to complete transaction via Ebay. below you will find the add and then the email. it gets weired that he wants all my info but nothing about the car is spoke of other that he is happy of my interest.
1. Visit the posting at http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2179420905.html to contact the person who posted this.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2002TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 3.0L V6 4WD LIMITED EDITION
Date: 2011-01-25, 1:00PM
2002TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 3.0L V6 4WD LIMITED EDITION, ONE OWNER, 103,067 miles.
Please contact me at this e-mail address: kreten2001@gmail.co
•it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Original URL: http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2179420905.html
Visit the posting at http://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/2179420905.html to contact the person who posted this.
Hello,
Thank you for your interest in my toyota. I just moved to Omaha, NE and there are a lot of things that have priority now, so this car has to
go. It looks exactly as pictured,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects and hasn't been involved in any accident. Transmission is automatic, has 103,067 miles and I will agree selling it for $3.100. I am willing to sell it fast, so get back to me only if you're ready to make this purchase. This is a very well maintained car, clear title no liens, under my name and in hand. Due to the fact that I am very busy with my work I need a fast transaction, and I can`t afford to waste time on advertising the car at the true value. If you're willing to make this purchase, contact me asap and let's start the transaction.
Thank you
Hi,
Thanks for getting back to me.I want to use ebay motors services for this transaction as it is the safest for both of us.Let me explain how it works:
First of all I will need your full name and shipping address so I can register the transaction with ebay.Once you receive the details from ebay, the car will be reserved for you until you read the details and decide if you want to proceed or not.You will have a 5 days inspection period, after the car arrives at your address to make sure it is as shown in the photos and in good working order.If by any reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back on my cost.The payment will be sent to ebay and they will hold it until the inspection period is over and you decide if you're going to buy it or not.This way you're not going to pay for something you haven't seen and with the inspection period you can make sure it's as described.If you agree with this terms please reply with your full name and address so we can get the ball rolling.

Here you can find picture and information about the toyota.
http://2002toyotahighlanderltd4x4.weebly.com/

Just so you will know the ad has been flagged and removed from craiglist. hope for you to avoid a costly scam.

Another one from Leon Ramirez

From: "Leon Ramirez" < leonbruna2000@gmail.com >
To:
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:38:54 PM
Subject: Re: Honda Accord
Hello,
Thank you for your interest in my 2001 HONDA ACCORD EX-L. I just moved to Little Rock, AR and there are a lot of things that have priority now, so this car has to go. It looks exactly as pictured,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects and hasn't been involved in any accident. Transmission is automatic, has 68,000 miles and I will agree selling it for $2.300. I am willing to sell it fast, so get back to me only if you're ready to make this purchase. This is a very well maintained car, clear title no liens, under my name and in hand. Due to the fact that I am very busy with my work I need a fast transaction, and I can`t afford to waste time on advertising the car at the true value. If you're willing to make this purchase, contact me asap and let's start the transaction.
Thank you,

Mileage: 68,000 miles
Transmission: Automatic
Engine: 3.0L V6 Cylinder Gasoline Fuel
Exterior color: Gold
Interior color: Tan
Fuel type: Gasoline
Body type: Sedan
Title: Clear http://s1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa329/867868765654333321/2001%20Honda%20Accord/

Looks very similar to other

Looks very similar to other attempts already reported!

What looked suspicous to me, at first was that the pictures clearly showed a Prius in California even if it was advertised on Kijiji Montreal. And when I got an answer, the guy told me that the car was actually in Yukon and that he was moving in Spain!!! Whoah... a bit too much complicated to look honest!!!

From: Kegan Parters
Date: 2011/8/29
Subject: Re: Reply to your "2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback" Ad on Kijiji
To: xxxxxxxx

Hi,

The car is still available for sale, has a clean title, no accidents all manuals and original paperwork. Well maintained, always garage kept, excellent condition, non smoker, runs and sounds 100% perfect (I'm not exaggerating). All power and optional equipments are working perfectly. Sold certified and e-tested.
The shipping is included in the car's price. I am letting it go because I've moved to Spain (I own 3 vintage stores here in Madrid) and importing it here it's too much. It is currently in Whitehorse, YT in custody of a shipping company with all the papers necessary to sell, ready to be delivered to its new owner. I want to use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to close the deal because it is the safest way for both parties under these conditions.
If you have more questions or if you want more details, just mail me back. I don't know which is the best time to call you, due to the time difference...

2011/8/26 Kijiji Reply (from xxxxxxxxx)

Hello! The following is a reply to your "2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback" Ad on Kijiji:

From: xxxxxxx
Phone: 514-xxx-xxxx
Hello,

I might be interested by this car. Is it under warranty? You can call me or write me back, thanks.

xxxx