by Jake Holmes, May 8, 2015
Craigslist might be an easy place to find a new couch, apartment, or bicycle, but the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) said today that buyers need to be especially careful when purchasing a car through the website. In recent months, the NICB said it has found examples of nearly 100 situations in which a vehicle was purchased through Craigslist with a fraudulent or fake check.
The NICB said it has seen increasing reports of people selling cars on Craigslist being scammed out of their money (and their vehicle) by buyers using fake checks. A couple of Kentucky, for instance, sold their 2010 Chevrolet Corvette to a buyer on Craigslist, but only after signing over the car's title and relinquishing its keys did they learn the buyer's check was a forgery. To prevent similar problems, the NICB recommends anyone buying or selling a car via Craigslist meets up at their bank, and also recommends using cash rather than checks.
It's also important to stay safe when dealing with buyers and sellers over Craigslist, warns the NICB, suggesting that buyers meet in a public place. The warning is especially poignant after reports this week that a Missouri teenager was killed while trying to sell his Nissan 350Z. The teenager was reportedly found dead after meeting a potential buyer who had contacted him through Craigslist.
For more on how to avoid Craigslist scams when buying or selling a car, take a look at the below video from the NICB.
NICB Warns Car Shoppers About Common Craigslist Scams