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I generally pride myself as careful and not easily frauded, but today this scam almost got me. I put an ad on Craigslist selling my car and a person identifying as "Jeff Potts" expressed an interest in seeing my car. Given that he/she/it appeared to want to see the car in person and asked credible questions, ie asked if I had service records and if my price was firm, I had none of the usual red flags one gets when dealing with a scammer.
The final of the three back and forth e-mails I had with "Jeff" was this one.
Fine, that seems good to me. However, I'm interested in seeing a vehicle history report for your Mazda. If you don't have one, I'd appreciate it if you can provide me it from carvinevidence.com – just to be sure that everything is okay with your car.
I'd get it myself but i don't want to risk it being bad and just end up wasting my money. I would like to arrange exact time of our meeting if report show that everything is ok with car's history.
Hope to hear from you soon, Jeff"
Yup, the request and e-mail exchange seemed reasonable and indeed I did not purchase a vehicle history report yet, so being a little too trusting and not checking for reviews or history regarding "carvinevidence.com" I just naively went to the site, read their own claims about themselves, their years of service and keyed my vehicle's VIN number into their site. At this point some correct information "year, make, model" came up really leading me to believe this service is legit.
I sent my $34.00 and got back a rather fake looking vehicle history report and the accident my car was involved in was not on the report either, even though it resulted in an insurance claim. Interestingly "Jeff" who was so eager to see my car vanished too and all communication with him/her/it ceased. Then I got a little suspicious and did what I should have done before giving my credit card to the website, I googled the so-called company's history. Contrary to their claims on their website, they have not been around for years, rather according to scamadvisor.com they have only been around for 17 days.
There are also testimonies out there of people who have had their credit card information stolen from the site. I had to immediately cancel my credit card and put in a dispute to get my $34.00 back. Consumers beware!!!