Facebook Marketplace

Karen –

Victim Location 17366

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was looking at FB Marketplace and saw a car for sale. When I messaged the seller she said to contact her Mother as she was selling it. I contacted her by email and the seller said she was going through ebay motors to sell it. So when I agreed to buy it, she said that ebay would send me information. I did get information from ebay, which looked legitimate. However, I called ebay to check on the transaction # and how payment is usually made. Ebay told me that the transaction # did not exist and that they don’t use ebay gift cards as payment. They said that this was probably a scam.

Mindy –

Victim Location 72834

Total money lost $1,600

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I saw an ad about a woman that had a 2008 Toyota Camry for sale, for only $1,600. It had a good amount of miles on it but I wanted to know more information. She said was stationed in a military base in Nebraska, and that she needed to get rid of the car, because she was leaving the country soon. I was told the transaction would be handled through Facebook Marketplace and advise that I would receive the car within 3 business days. I was was sent the information through email and the terms and conditions, but I had to submit the payment through eBay gift cards to ensure the payment. There was a number provided for me to call when payment was ready, I provided the information and the call agent said the car would be delivered in 3 business days after my payment was verified. I received and email 2 days later that said they could not complete my transaction until I submitted an insurance deposit of $1,000, it was to protect the car from being transported to me. I didn’t have the money to make that deposit so I advised the call agent (different person this time) to cancel the transaction. He apologized and advised he would send me an email about the steps explaining the refund process within 5 minutes. I waited 30 minutes, received no email, so I called back several times and no one answered.

John –

Victim Location 35160

Type of a scam Online Purchase

Person is selling a 2005 Honda CR-V clean car 73000 miles $1600 only problem you have to purchase 8 EBAY gift cards for $200 then they ship the car in about a week

Alexis –

Victim Location 28152

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I contacted a seller on Facebook Marketplace regarding a Kubota Tractor 4×4 loader tractor with 82 hours, 47 hp Diesel engine, live independent hydraulic PTO and Hydrostatic power steering. The price is firm, $5,000. When I asked why so cheap, seller claimed that it was because her husband had died 1 month ago (guy had had a heart attack) and "it brings me bad memories. "My daughter and I decided to sell the house and so we moved with my parents in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas trying to start a new life. "I want to use Amazon’s Service for the safety of both of us, so if you’re interested in purchasing the machine just email me with your full name, P.O. Box or address including the zip code and phone number, so I can notify Amazon that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure."

I contacted the "fake amazon number provided by seller on the body of e-mail (If you need help to complete your payment, contact Amazon Customer Support Department at +1-206-309-2968) got no answer initially (it would just ring and then hang up) then after 5 mins they called back. Guy had an accent, said that Amazon would deliver the tractor and to call back when I had $2,500 deposit worth of Amazon gift cards. BEWARE!

I’d hate to know that someone else has been targeted and gotten scammed in this case they asked for ($5,000). The next ad may be more. That’s why am reporting it.

Thank you BBB.org/

Steve –

Victim Location 78616

Total money lost $3,500

Type of a scam Online Purchase

A truck appeared on Facebook for sale by owner. when I agreed with the person that I wanted to buy the truck I was sent an invoice from "Facebook marketplace" . The truck was $2500 I was told to pay the balance with Green Dot prepaid cards. I did this and they told me the truck would be at my house in three days. Two days later they emailed me telling me that shipping had stopped. I was required to buy $1000 insurance. I did this. This happened the middle of december 2017. No truck. When I call them now they simply hang up on me. I have all of the numerous emails documented.

Pedro –

Victim Location 79413

Total money lost $3,000

Type of a scam Online Purchase

Customer found a vehicle online for sale and it turned out to be a scam through facebook. The scammer wanted the customer to buy $3000.00 in ebay cards to pay for the vehicle.

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