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Scammers targeting consumers buying used cars

Posted: 8:37 AM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-21 17:46:24-05

Scammers are out with a new way to steal your money by targeting people in the market for a used car.  

The Federal Trade Commission says scammers list vehicles for sale, then whoever calls them about the car is sent to a fake website to get a car history report. The fake website doesn't end in .com, but instead ends in .vin.

The site asks for a credit card, steals the number, and doesn't actually produce a vehicle history report. 

The FTC says scammers purchased the fraudulent website that was originally meant for wine-related sites and since every vehicle has a VIN number, it seems like a legit car website.  

However, there is a way to protect yourself. Consumers can go to the FTC's website  with links to trusted companies.