I found offer on Craig list for 2007 Nissan Altima SL for only $3000. I sent SMS to the number privided (704) 533-7010.
Someone replied back with following text:
Hello, please contact my sister in her email firstname.lastname@example.org , she will give you all the details I just help her to sell the 2007 Nissan Altima SL. Thank you
I went ahead and sent email to email@example.com in order to obtain more info.
Right away I received following email:
Hi, I’ve received your email regarding the 2007 Nissan Altima SL with 30,000 miles on it, sedan, automatic, gasoline, 2.5L V4. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $3,000. It is a 2007 model loaded with everything, VIN : 1N4AL21E27N434683. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. The car is in perfect condition with clear title, no accidents, no liens or loans.
I’m an oceanographer and I’m on sea at this moment, so I left the car in Charlotte, NC. at the shipping company, it’s already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.
Let me know if you are still interested.
Here you have some pictures with the car:
I found this reply back quite suspicious… price $3000 for 30K mileage Nissan Altima…
I started to research online and I found some identification evidence and scam reports.
I decided to send one more email and check scammer behaviour.
I sent following email:
Thank you for your reply back.
Are you selling it as an owner or via dealer?
May I ask why you are selling it? Looks like it is in good condition..
Got following reply:
The price for the car is $3,000 with shipping included,it will take no more than 3 days for the car to arrive at your home address. The car it’s in perfect condition, there’s not even a scratch or any dents on it.
I want to mention that the vehicle was inspected by the shipping mechanics and fulfils the NC Emission, standards from all the 50 states so it wouldn’t be a problem for you to register it. You will receive the car along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the car from the moment that you will receive it. You’ll have 5 days to inspect and test the car before you will decide to keep it or not. If the car is not how I described, you will ship it back on my expense and they will give you a full refund.
Amazon Payments will hold the funds until you’ll receive the car with all the papers work. Only after you’ll confirm them that you want to keep the car, they will release to me the funds. In this way, you will be able to inspect the car before committing to buy it.
If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name, phone number and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with Amazon Payments. You will receive all the transaction details from them (terms, buyer protection coverage, payment instructions, invoice for the purchase). Let me know!
Sent another email asking to review the car and pay in cash:
I spoke with my friend, who is living near Charlotte, NC . Is it possible to go and check the car?
What is the best day to do so?
Got following reply back:
I had 2 preview buyers, both offering more than what I am asking for it now but one didn’t show up and the other called saying he lost the money. I’ve lost about 2 weeks and a couple of thousand dollars waiting for them so I’ve decided to lower the price and try to sell it on-line. Once we start the process trough them and they let me know everything is fine and that they received your deposit and secured it in their account my husband will take a few days off and come meet with you and show you the car. You will go to a local dealer to test-drive it and inspect it. Once you decide, we sign the papers and close the deal. The funds will be released from Amazon trusting account into my bank account only when the title goes under your name. I must insist on closing the deal through Amazon because that will assure me that you have the money and that I won’t fly back home for nothing like I’ve did last time. Keep in mind that they will hold and secure your money during the entire transaction and will release the funds to me only after you decide to keep the car and you register the title into your name. If you are interested in purchasing the car under the Amazon terms just let me know and I’ll ask them to fill you in with more info about the process.
Hope this will help others to avoid scammers
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