Online Car Dealer Scam Warning 21 Mar 13

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is urging consumers considering an online car purchase to be extra cautious following three recent incidents involving bogus auto dealer websites. In each of these cases, the “hook” used to entice customers was similar – authentic-looking used auto dealer websites featuring high-end luxury cars, often priced thousands of dollars below typical book value. Each site claimed a physical address in North Dakota, and provided one or more North Dakota phone numbers for people to contact. Remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Authorities recommend doing some research when purchasing cars online, including researching the dealer. You can start by visiting the website www.bbb.org, to verify that the business has a listing and complete contact information, and is licensed as an auto dealer in the state. The Better Business Bureau website has other tips to avoid getting scammed as well.