Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) is warning consumers that it has received numerous reports of an online vehicle purchasing scam in Ontario.
Victims found well-priced used vehicles for sale on websites such as AutoTrader, Craigslist or Kijiji. Once they expressed interest in purchasing the vehicle, they were directed to a fake eBay Motors website and were required to complete a “Commit to Buy” form. Following that, they were told to visit a MoneyGram location to transfer funds for the vehicle. The victims received a message indicating that the payment was received, but that additional funds were required for shipping charges.
When the victims followed up to ensure the second payment was received, they were unable to contact or locate the seller. They had only been provided with an email address listed in the vehicle ad, without a phone number, and their payment was not protected as they were using a cash transfer service.
OMVIC said that in most cases, the vehicles are offered at extremely low prices, and the sellers are located overseas.
“When purchasing a used vehicle privately, it’s important to remember a deal that looks too good to be true probably is,” said Brenda McIntyre of OMVIC. “Know who you are dealing with and ask for proof of ownership, so you are sure the registered owner is in fact the one selling the vehicle.”