scam ebay vehicle purchase program

This is a scam. Ebay does not handle your funds or ship things for you. That is why they have paypal other means of payments and the shipping is worked out between seller and buyer, not ebay. I almost fell for this thinking it was a new program ebay had, but like they say, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is, and a $11,000.00 car for $2,800?? and you send the money to a trust fund? all of the sudden their great email correspondences have incorrect grammar?and they will not give  you any means to verify it is a real deal? and when you tell them you are not sending it without verification all of the sudden you no longer hear from them??? and then you find a website like this one that has the EXACT same wording that has scammed other people? Well,  live and learn it is a SCAM!!!

here’s the emails I recieved:

Last email ( after I demanded a way to verify it was a legitimate sale )

Here is how it works:
1. First of all I will need  the following details from you: full
name, shipping address and telephone number.
2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices
(email forms).
4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and
confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to
you. The shipping will take 2 days. I will pay for it. After you
receive the car you will have 3 days to test, verify and do whatever
you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment
details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as
described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I
don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The
transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If you will
decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it
back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.
Thanks in advance!

First email (When I initially asked about the car)
Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent condition with no rust or any kind of damage anywhere and it doesn’t need any maintenance. The odometer shows 41937 miles. I can provide you an Autocheck report for the car. Title is clear and free of liens. This 2005 Honda Civic LX has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner.
   My price is $2800. I am now in a divorce with my ex and i am in desperate need of money to pay the mortgage on my house. That’s my only reason for selling it  otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
   The deal will be handled by eBay trough their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program . They will handle the title and money transfer and deliver the car to your location. The car is at their office in Atlanta GA.
   The best part about this is that you’ll get 3 days money back guarantee. If at the end of those 3 days you decide not to keep it you’ll get a full refund by them. If you want the Civic and if you have the money available all you have to do now is to send me your full name and your address. As soon as I hear that from you I will initiate the transaction through them.
   The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.
   All the pictures can be seen here:….. ( I deleted the rest of this because I didn’t know what I could legally post.)
The name of the seller was : Cathy Mayers 

as they say… buyer beware!! and  if it seems too good to be true, it usually is!  Check it out first! 

2003 Accord

Timothy Kinsella
to me

show details 7:48 PM (3 hours ago)


Follow up message
As I said the car is in Metuchen NJ but I am in Alaska like I said I am going trough a divorce so I must to be here. Right now the car is at the DAS (trucking company) warehouse kept in a sealed container ready for delivery and since I am not at home right now a test drive it is not possible. However I do offer an inspection period prior buying the car if we close the deal trough ebay motors vehicle purchase protection program.
The car will be insured during transportation and it will be delivered at your address in maximum 1-2 business days (depends of your location). Along with the car you will receive a bill of sale in your name and signed by me and the title of the car.

* All I want is from you is if you are agree so I can contact ebay and after that, they will contact you and explain, guide you all the steps of the transaction and insurance. If you want to make this deal I will need the following details from you*
Full name and address
Shipping address
Phone #

Thanks, Timothy

: Shipping is included in the final price ($2.500 + $300 shipping cost already paid) , as I explained, my buyer changed his mind after I have made the arrangements to ship the car. The trucking company would not refund me but can ship my car to anywhere within continental US and Canada, so I’ve left it at their warehouse and it’s ready to ship at anytime.

Scam via Margaret Campbell @ [email protected]

I found an unbelievable vehicle for sale on and began dealing with the “owner.” Margaret told me that she is a casino dealer on cruise ships so couldn’t enjoy her car. From the pictures the car is incrediable so why only $5,500? This was an obvious scam from the beginning and when I looked up scams using the eBay VPP I found email after email that used the exact same wording and “story line”. Is there a site that is training these people on what to say? After I called her bluff I simply never heard back from her. She is probably just busy on the ship!

Here are the emails…….

Margaret –


I will not be pursuing this purchase. I spoke to eBay motors today and they stated clearly that the vehicle protection program is not available unless the vehicle is listed and purchased off of the eBay motors site. I asked if these services are available if the item was listed but the auction has ended and they stated that No, it is ONLY available if the vehicle is purchased. You would have to list this again on eBay to have this protection program.  I’m feeling like this is not a valid sale.  


From: Margaret Campbell [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2009 12:52 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: acura mdx



The car was listed on eBay but the auction has ended. We can make the transaction through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection once the car was registered at eBay. So if you want to buy the car I will need the following details from you:
Full name
Shipping address
Phone #
eBay user ID
After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay and I will proceed the order. After you will be approved to buy the car from me eBay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal. Waiting your email with the requested details.

Thank you!

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: acura mdx
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:40:57 -0700

Margaret –


I have researched the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and it states clearly that this protection program “is offered protection only for eligible transactions on vehicles listed on eBay Motors site (”.  I do not find your vehicle listed on the eBay site. Would you please let me know where I can find it?  The VPP clearly states that this coverage cannot be obtained for payment between seller and buyer on vehicles listed on any other sites.


Thank you,



From: Margaret Campbell [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 5:50 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: acura mdx



The VIN# is 2HNYD28387H519394. I have to tell you that I’m currently at work. As I already told you, I work as a dealer on a cruise ship and I left the car in Philadelphia at the shipping company. It’s already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere. You will receive all the documents of the car (owner’s manuals, keys, clear title, bill of sale) in order to register it under your name. If you are interested to purchase the car, I have done some researching and the best way to close the deal is through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The transaction fits the Vehicle Protection plan and will be covered by eBay. Vehicle Purchase Protection reimburses buyers who are involved in a vehicle transaction through their program. The program provides reimbursement for all the situations that can appear in a transaction. The money will be sent to an eBay agent. After the payment is confirmed and secured by eBay I will start the shipping. The car will be in front at your door in max 3 days. From the moment you receive the car you have a 15 days inspection period. After the 15 days you have to decide if you want to keep the car or not. If you’ll keep it, the payment will be released to me. In case you will not like the car and decide not to keep it, you will have to ship it back and you will be fully refunded. If you agree I will need your full name and complete shipping address, your phone# and your eBay user ID.

Thank you!

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: acura mdx
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:17:15 -0700

Margaret –


Hi, happy to hear from you. WOW, what an exciting job you have. I would like to purchase the car. I was hoping to make payment in full with a cashier’s check – are you willing to accept that? I would arrive to pick up the vehicle with cashier’s check in hand. If this is a problem just let me know.  I would plan to purchase the vehicle next Saturday, August 22nd.  In order to do this I need the vehicle VIN number to secure insurance on it prior to pick up.  I also would need your location for pick up.  You are welcome to call me at 541-548-6717 or 541-788-6421.  If there is anything you need from me, please call or email me. 


Thank you,



From: Margaret Campbell [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 6:26 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: acura mdx


Hi there,

I’m writing you regarding my 2007 Acura MDX. The car is in perfect condition, no scratches or any damages and it has a clear title. The car has only 12,800 miles on it. If you are interested in purchasing, the price is $5,500. I sell the car at this price because I can’t enjoy it due to my job (I work as a casino dealer on a cruise ship) plus that I have some personal problems. Regarding the payment I will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program so we can both be protected. Looking forward to hear from you.

Thank you!




Classic eBay VPP Scam

I knew that a 2002 Toyota Camry for $3000 was too good to be true from the start. I decided to have a little fun with this scammer and get as much info from them as possible and send it along to the authorities. This is our correspondence after the initial ” no scratches, no dents” email from our scammer “Amanda Stuard”-

On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM, wrote:


Where is the car currently located? Are we able to test drive it?

On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:32:22 +0300

 amanda stuard wrote:

 Hello again,
As I have promised in my previous email here are the complete steps of
this process :
-First I have to tell you that the payment process is being handled by
eBay VPP.
-The shipping process is being handled by D.A.S. I have already told you that the car is being deposited at the shipping company,
and they are waiting for me to give them the address of the buyer. The
car is located at eBay Center in San Jose CA. I will need the following details from you:
-full legal name ( For Title Transfer)
-billing address
-shipping address (if it is different than the billing one).
-Phone #
I will contact eBay, and give them the details of the buyer (your
details). eBay will send you an invoice with the instructions on how to complete the deal (details about shipping and payment).You will have 10 days testing period before you decide to buy.If you like
the vehicle and decide to buy,then you will contact eBay with your
decision so that I will be able to receive the money.
If you decide not to buy, you will also have to contact eBay and let
them know your decision so that you will receive the deposit money back. After you have your money back, then I will contact the shipping company to come take the car, but I assure you that you will love the car. Please email me the details that I need in order to start the
Kind regards!

On Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 5:07 AM, wrote:

I am a little confused. You have sent this email to me already. Is there a problem? I have forwarded all the information that you have requested already. I guess that you need to make sure that I am a legitimate buyer so I will give you the information again.

Full Legal Name- Ima Moron
Billing Address- 2xxxxxxxxxxx North East,Maryland 21901 (state police)
Shipping Address- same as above
Phone Number- 410-xxx-8xx1 (state police phone#)

I hope that I did not jeopardize my opportunity in receiving this
outstanding vehicle. Once again, if you need my credit card information, my social security number or my checking account info let me know, I will be more than happy to give it to you so that I can get this fine motor vehicle.

On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:56:29 +0300

 amanda stuard wrote:

Hi Ima,

Thank you for getting back to me in such short notice with the required information. In the next hours, eBay VPP will contact you with all the informations about this transaction.
Due to the strict policies of webmaster SPAM filters, you may not receive the instructions from them in your Inbox. Please check your SPAM, BULK or JUNK folder too in order to complete the transaction.
Let me know when you receive the invoice page from eBay VPP!

Best Regards!

On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 15:00

Dear Amanda,
After careful consideration I decided not to make a payment via moneygram.I am not familiar with this company and I am a little uncomfortable sending money through them. But I do feel comfortable dealing with you so I have decided to send payment directly to you at the address listed on the eBay invoice. I have sent a certified bank check for $3000 to the following address-

Amanda Stuard
West 186 Fleet Street
Ashford, United Kingdom CH1 2LY

Please contact me when you receive payment. Once you receive payment then you can advise me how you want to proceed with the vehicle delivery.

Ima Moron

On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 18:49:07 +0300
amanda stuard wrote:
The deal is off.Bye

The deal was never on. You obviously thought I was serious in dealing with you. I knew from the start that you were scamming me. I have forwarded all of our correspondence to federal authorities and they were quite happy with the information that you provided. Good luck with that.

After this email our scammer decided to end the transaction. The person listed as the eBay VPP is..

Kyle Olson
2145 Hamilton Ave
Chester, U.K LU9 5KN

Hope this helps somebody…

Craigslist,VPP,Ebay,2004 BMW X5,Jennifer Parker,[email protected],VIN 5UXFA93554LE81940

This fake Marine is trying to sell a 2004 BMW x5.. she lists on Craigslist but askes you to pay through Ebay. Then she sends a fake invoice from ebay and wants you to Money Gram her $4800.00 She also promises you are protected by Vehicle Protection.

Here are a few of her emails:

Hello ,

I’m selling this BMW because my platoon has been sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before Aug 16. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident. I have the title clear, under my name. Only 44,129 miles.

I’m asking for the BMW US $ 4,800.00, this price includes the door to door shipping, handling and insurance fees for shipping within the continental US. You will have 5 days for inspection and possibility for a refund policy. The vehicle is located in Leawood, KS.

Vehicle description :

2004 BMW X5 4.8is SUV AWD

Vehicle title: Clear
Body type: SUV
Engine: 4.8L V8 FI DOHC 32V
Exterior color: Le Mans Blue Metallic
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel type: Gasoline

Please click here to view more pictures ( If the link doesn’t work,copy and paste it into a new browser page ) :

The transaction will be fully under eBay‘s surveillance, I will post the X5 on eBay and I will give you the URL link to press ”buy it now” option .

Please get back to me if you’re interested in buying it.
Thank you !

LTC Jennifer H Parker
2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
Fort Riley, KS


announce you that everything is prepared.

Congratulations ! Now the SUV is yours. You’ll receive important guidelines and payment instructions from eBay. You should periodically check your email. So, the next step in our transaction is to initiate the transfer to eBay’s agent Vehicle Protection Program. As soon as the payment is confirmed, I will start the shipping process.

It’s been a real pleasure working with you!

LTC Jennifer H Parker
2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
Fort Riley, KS


8715 Cherokee Lane

Leawood, Ks


ebay motors scam from [email protected] and [email protected]

Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in England right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you
for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers. Why is the price so low?
I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move out of USA. I can’t register the car here, as it is made for USA,
according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast.
(I already made a deposit here to buy me another). The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems
to register the car in the USA. The car have 30,900 miles, VIN JHMFA36226S024202 and automatic transmission.
It is in immaculate condition, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. The motor
runs very well. The interior looks great. This car needs nothing. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough
as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tones of
emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The price is $3,800 USD. This is my last price.
I will not negotiate the price. Also, I take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to
be sure that I don’t waist my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
So if you are interested please email me.
You can see more pictures here:

He sent a mail with invoice …which was more or less looking like one really coming from ebay ….but it was fake.

bogus R.V. deal

I am sooo very grateful for this website, and acknowledging a SCAM right away. A very well equipped motorhome well underpriced caught my attention. When investigating the location “world safe shipping” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, no such location existed. The same patterns, even the same sentences were used to sell the R.V. as reported through this website. Thank-you..Thank-you!! I feel like we caught them! Now i just want to know how we can stop this person from trying to scam the next not so fortunate person..any suggestions? here’s the emails.

Thank you for your interested in my RV. I wanted to let you know that it is still available for $20,000.
It is in great condition inside, outside and mechanically, it has never been involved in an accident and has
a clear title. It is imported from USA and registered in Canada, it is certified and ready to be registered in
your name, without any extra fees.
I’ve moved back to Spain after my divorce and importing this unit here is not an option because of the
high taxes involved. It is currently in Halifax at the shipping company World Safe Shipping
( Click here to view their website World Safe Shipping ), prepared to be delivered anywhere in Canada.
I want to use eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection because I have a contract with them, I also
have a protection account of $50000 and under the given situation it is the safest option for both parties.

Let me know if you have any questions. If you are still interested please come back so I can explain you
how the deal work.

Thank you!
From: Carolina C

P.S. : Here is a link with some photos:
Because I’ve been forced to move here in Spain and I can’t close the deal face to face I will deal only
trough eBay. I need the following details from you so I can open the case with eBay (Full Name, Full
Shipping Address, Phone number) and they will contact you with further details. You will have to make
the payment into my eBay Bank Account, eBay Motors will confirm it and the shipping will be started in the next 24 hours. You will receive it at your address in 3-4 days.

You will have 14 days for inspection from the moment the vehicle arrives before you can confirm the
deal and eBay will forward me the money or you can cancel the deal and eBay will give you a full refund.
In case of a refund, the vehicle will be returned free of charge. It is not a sight unseen deal. I can ship it
knowing that you are a serious buyer and you have enough time to test and inspect it. We are both covered.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): 1RF51346241028717
Sorry for the long email I have tried to explain the entire process.

Thank you!

CraigsList Auto SCAM – Kevin Carson” <[email protected]

This guys already been reported more than once…same car and method this time from CL. Here’s just part of the messages: The vin number is 19UUA66244A061220

The car was listed on ebay, but i removed it someone bid on the buy it now price and didn’t purchase it. But now I’m still under their protection.
Like I said, The car is here with me, in North Dakota, Sherwood.
After ebay will receive your payment confirmation the car will be home to you in about 50 hours. After you receive the car, you have two days for test drive and inspect.
In those two days you can change your mind about this transaction, and if the car isn’t like I said, or there is something wrong with it, you can simply reject it.
The shipping company will take care of the shipping back, with no costs for you, and the money will be totally refund to you.
But is not the case to reject it! Because this is a great car, and I never had any problems with it.
This process can’t start until you will send me your
NAME and FULL ADDRESS, for the shipping company.

used car ebay vpp scam

look familiar?? why are people such scumbags? Subject: Re: Owner 64154729: Vehicle Lead 2004 BMW 745Li
>>guy is using name of alan martins. email address [email protected]
>> Hi,
>> To give you a pertinent explanation of the under market price of the car
>> all
>> I can say is that I’m ruined… this crisis ate me alive and I’ve lost
>> almost everything. I desperately need some money so that is the reason
>> for
>> selling the car. Three days ago I’ve put myself on a plane to Goteborg,
>> Sweden because I need to renegotiate a contract with one of my business
>> partners, I don’t know how long it’ll take. Because my work requires a
>> lot
>> of traveling, I made sure that the car is ready to be shipped as soon as
>> I
>> find a buyer for it. The price already includes the shipping fees. Given
>> the
>> nature of this transaction please note that my sale terms are final and
>> non-negotiable. The transaction will be made through eBay for the safety
>> of
>> both of us and because a company needs to be used for this type of sale.
>> I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I
>> will sell it only through this program because it is the safest way to
>> complete a online car sale. This way, you will be able to inspect the
>> vehicle before any money reach me and on the other hand I am sure I have
>> a
>> serious buyer. Here is how the process works:
>> – you give me your shipping address so I can start the transaction on
>> eBay
>> Motors and then to use it for shipping;
>> – they will review and accept our transaction and they will provide you
>> with
>> the payment instructions;
>> – you will make the payment to eBay Motors VPP;
>> – they give me the confirmation that they received your payment to them
>> and
>> I will start the shipping;
>> – you receive the vehicle and inspect it for 5 business days;
>> – you will tell them that you want to keep the vehicle and only then they
>> will send the money to me.
>> All car’s documents are in the glovebox and you’ll receive them along
>> with
>> the car. This includes the title, all service records, original manuals
>> and
>> a bill of sale. The title and the bill of sale are signed by me, all you
>> have to do is to put your name on them and the agreed amount on the bill
>> of
>> sale.
>> eBay Motors will hold the money until the car is delivered to you. As I
>> said
>> you will have 5 business days for inspection. The inspection period
>> starts
>> from the moment you receive the car. If the car is not like described you
>> will have to ship it back at the end of the 5 business days on my expense
>> and have your money back from eBay Motors VPP. But I am sure this will
>> not
>> be the case and you will love it.
>> In order to move forward I will need your full name and shipping address.
>> eBay will get in touch with you with further details and instructions.
>> Looking forward to hear from you!
>> Alan

Honda Accord scam from Autotraders

2006 Honda Accord LX?
From: Robert Coulter ([email protected])
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: Sat 5/30/09 5:18 AM

Hello and sorry for my delay,
The 2006 Honda Accord LX is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 44,048 original miles.VIN Number: 3HGCM56496G706396
It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

This car is loaded down with options: keyless entry, security system, full wood package, heated seats, premium sound system with in dash cd changer, premium alloy wheels, steering wheel controls, cruise control, tilt, ice cold a/c, and much much more.
Transmission: Automatic
So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Spain . I am located in Madrid, Spain.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,980 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Thank you and have a great day,
Robert Coulter