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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Online Vehicle Scam Using Kelley Blue Book's Name
October 24, 2011
Online Vehicle Scam Using Kelley Blue Book's Name
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Online Vehicle Scam Using Kelley Blue Book's NameThere have been several complaints reporting fraudsters for misrepresenting themselves as Kelley Blue Book (KBB) agents to swindle victims out of thousands of dollars in online vehicle purchases.
Upon finding a vehicle and making an inquiry to the seller, the complainant was told that the transaction must go through KBB's escrow-based buyer-protection plan to protect both of them.
The fraudster claimed that the protection plan would hold the buyer's money for a five-day period while they could receive and inspect the vehicle. The fraudster then sent the complainant a link, which was supposidly to the KBB website, providing details of the process.
Some people reported that the fraudster sent pictures of the vehicle as well. Once the purchase was agreed upon, the fraudster sent the complainant an official-looking e-mail, supposidly from KBB, instructing them to wire the payment to a KBB agent. Upon contacting the actual KBB company, complainants were advised that it was a scam and that KBB does not offer an escrow-based buyer-protection plan. Recent articles have been posted on the KBB website warning consumers of this particular scam.
Several complaints have focussed on modeling scams. Complainants reported receiving unsolicited e-mails offering them a modeling position, while others reportedly responded to advertisements offering modeling jobs from what appeared to be reputable modeling agencies.
Those who received the unsolicited e-mails reported that the e-mail contained a link to what appeared to be a website for a legitimate modeling agency. The recipient was instructed to click the link to log on and create an account.
Afterwards, the recipient reportedly realized the link was to a fraudulent website and that their computer was possibly infected with a keylogger as a result. Other complainants reported they were told they would make $7,000 for a photo shoot. However, they were asked to first pay "fees" up front which covered registration, licensing, clothes, photos, etc.
Victims were instructed to wire their fees. Once the fees were wired, complainants were requested to pay additional fees, but were promised they would be paid half of their salary up front before the photo shoot.
Remember - always watch for scams!
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