Most likely trying to run a scam of some sort
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I've been looking for used cars and have been noticing ads that are either clearly fake or suspected fake. What gives them away is the price which is usually way too low compared to what the car generally goes for. Often there is no phone number and email contact results in no reply.
Why do people do this? Is it an attempt to drive down the market prices?
Maybe they've never heard of the crime of fraud/false advertisement
Scammers always are around, they probably want you to provide them with a PayPal transfer or something before they deliver the car. When I was selling a few cars on Autotrader I was contacted by a few people who gave almost no details, but were adament they wanted to buy the car sight unseen using PayPal. Sorry pal, no cash in hand delivered by a real person = no car. It's a good rule to live by.
Preying on the gullible and greedy, who don't realize that shipping a car on an airplane (often Luftansa) and offering to send it back if not satisfied will cost 10x the price the car is advertised at.
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I had a guy hack my Craigslist account and post cars for sale in the Seattle CL. $2000 for a 2010 Jeep because his work transfered him out of town and he had to sell it now. Claimed he was in ATL and another deal fell through after leaving a deposit so all he needed was 2k. I would see these posts show up saying my CL post was active for things that I never posted. So I started replying to them, asking to arrange to meet him to look at the cars. After dodging a couple of these attempts, I just told him to GTFO my account or I'd go internet bully all over his ass. Never saw another post on my account.
"Never attribute to maliciousness that which can be attributed to stupidity."
I put a pair of tickets to a NY Giants game for a low price and used my friends phone number in the ad.
The tickets never existed, it was priceless and a game in it's own trying to keep a straight face when he would mention the endless amount of people asking about tickets he never had.
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I actually had to argue with some of our customers that they were being scammed or had been scammed AFTER the fact. They didn't even comprehend what had happened after it was over. I tried to stop some from wiring money out, so they took cash with them and went to Western Union.
About 7 years ago I sold my 02 Civic EX Coupe on Cars.com within a week of posting. I tried the same with my Matrix last fall and was left with fake calls, fake emails, and loads of scams. I finally gave up, put a sign on it and parked it on the lawn. Sold it that way in a week.
I've given up on the internet to find a car unless it would be something like say CarMax. We have something around here called the Bargain News but it's online site is a complete farce and everyone on there is a joke.
The best is when people cannot even put a decent picture of the car (granted they may not want to because of it's condition) but I don't even bother with ads that do not depict the car, and 90% of the time if it's a dealer of some sort, they throw up a "file photo". OOOOO it looks so shiny.
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