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Tú puedes comprar prácticamente de todo en línea, incluso carros usados. Pero antes de sacar de tu bolsillo el dinero que tanto te cuesta ganar, te advertimos sobre unos estafadores que están tratando de vender carros que no tienen o que no les pertenecen.

 

La estafa funciona de la siguiente manera: los delincuentes publican anuncios de carros usados baratos (que en realidad no les pertenecen) en sitios web de subastas y ventas en línea, como eBay Motors. Se ofrecen a chatear en línea, compartir fotos y responder preguntas. Incluso es posible que te digan que la venta se efectuará a través de un programa de protección de clientes de un comerciante reconocido. Recientemente, algunos vendedores han estado enviando facturas falsas que parecen provenir de eBay Motors exigiendo el pago con tarjetas de regalo de eBay. Si llamas al número de teléfono que figura en la factura, el estafador se hace pasar por alguien que trabaja para eBay Motors. Sólo durante el último año, los compradores inadvertidos han perdido cientos de miles de dólares.

 

Entonces, ¿cómo puedes darte cuenta de si una venta de carro en línea es falsa?

  • Encontrarás comentarios negativos en línea. Verifica la confiabilidad del vendedor haciendo una búsqueda en internet con el nombre, número de teléfono y domicilio de email de la persona junto con palabras tales como “review”, “complaint” o “scam”, si haces la búsqueda en español, ingresa palabras como “comentario”, “queja” o “estafa”.
  • Los vendedores tratan de apurar la venta. Resiste la presión. Los estafadores usan tácticas de ventas de alta presión para que te decidas a comprar sin darte tiempo para pensarlo.
  • No pueden o se negarán a reunirse personalmente o no te permitirán inspeccionar el carro. Los estafadores podrían darte una excusa, como un traslado por trabajo, desplazamiento por servicio militar o un divorcio para explicar el motivo por el cual no puedes encontrarte con ellos o ver el carro. Pero los expertos coinciden en que antes de comprar un carro usado deberías hacerlo inspeccionar por un mecánico independiente.
  • Quieren que les pagues con tarjetas de regalo o a través de una transferencia de dinero. Si alguien te dice que le pagues de alguna de esas maneras, es una estafa. Siempre.
  • Después de la venta, los vendedores exigen más dinero para cubrir los costos de “despacho” o “transporte”.
  • El número de identificación del vehículo (VIN) no coincide con el VIN del carro en el cual estás interesado. Un reporte de historial del vehículo te puede ayudar a detectar esas discrepancias.

Para más recomendaciones, échale un vistazo al sitio web ftc.gov/carrosusados y al artículo Subastas en internet para compradores. ¿Quieres evitar las últimas estafas? Suscríbete en ftc.gov/es/conectese para recibir alertas gratis para consumidores de parte de la FTC. Si detectas una estafa, repórtala en ftc.gov/queja.

54 Comments

Filthy Lucre
June 17, 2019
Scammers are also selling hulks onl eBay and misrepenting the condition. When the hulk arrives, eBay will tell you that you bought a car and you got a car and will not assist you with the purchase.
Fatima
January 29, 2020
Yo fui estafada con una supuesta compra en linea , el vendedor me dijo que ebay me la entregaria y me pidieron pagar con tarjetas de regalo de ebay y las envie .depues me di cuenta que todo fue una estafa.
Lola
April 18, 2020

En respuesta a por Fatima

Me acaba de pasar exactamente lo mismo despues que envie los 1,600 me acabo de dar cuenta que fue una estafa. En ese caso no puedo hacer nada para recuperar el dinero?
Nataly
September 28, 2021

En respuesta a por Lola

Hola disculpa me paso lo mismo apenas a mi me gustaría saber si pudiste recuperar tu dinero oh esque ya no hay nada que hacer Espero tu respuesta gracias ☺️
Gloribel
April 20, 2020
Gracias por la información casi fuí estafada, pero decidí buscar información antes de tomar cualquier decisión al respecto y me encontré con esto que coincide exactamente con todo. Gracias!
CRM
June 17, 2019
Good info as I am in the market for a vehicle.
Brian Don't us…
June 17, 2019
Beware of water cars lots of flooding in south and other parts of country I have seen car fax reports where many are for sale in Tennessee but we’re from Texas and Florida
Onixgutierrez
January 26, 2021
Mi pareja y yo fuimos estafadas compramos un carro y la vendedor ke se ase pasar por michael de eBay mas aparte kien ase el contrato es una tal Theresa.william1271@gmai.com esta mujer ya estafo a 89 personas vendiendo un Acura 2007 por 1200 able con la compañía de eBay y ellos Kerian k yo les transfiriera dinero para arreglar mi caso. eBay esta estafando la compañía real esta con estos estafadores
Impala 58
June 17, 2019
They also take pictures of vehicles, in out of the way places like gravel roads, empty lots, or cars that are viewed through trees or other shrubbery, as not to reveal any site details. This may also be indicative of a stolen vehicle.
That was close!
June 17, 2019
Buyers of RVs beware of scammers pretending to work though e bay and using the same tactics listed above. Beware of Craigslist and RV trader sites. They are FULL of these fraudulent entries. Scary! I learned my lesson and luckily they got nothing from me.
KOYB
June 17, 2019
Don't expect help from ebay, read the fine print very carefully. I purchased a utility vehicle , normally sold nation wide thru auction by specialized companies - first time it was perfect; year later this time I lost $15000 because the seller lied about everything, even when directly questioned about specifics and pictures - filed a complaint with ebay and got no help
Mau
September 08, 2021
I need information about the sales company ACB Auto sales
Julianne E
June 18, 2019
excellent article. thanks!
EYES ALWAYS OPEN
June 18, 2019
Watch out for the buyers also, that reach out to you to purchase an item you are selling. They say, I will mail a certified Cashiers Check, and arrange a company for pickup. What really happens is, yes.. There is a cashiers check, yes there is a group of people that come get your items.. what you don't know is the cashiers check is fake.. so while you are watching your items and or car being removed, your holding on to a fake cashiers check. You were just robbed and are probably watching your items go down the street :(
No lose of wor…
August 13, 2019

En respuesta a por EYES ALWAYS OPEN

You are correct and I just went thru thyis as a seller on C.L but the part you left out was them asking for my name and which bank I use. that has happened the last 2 times on Craiigslist. Bottom line is everybody needs to be cautious and to keep your guard up. the little voice in your head going " WARNING -WARNING" is usually right. after the fact is too late to resolve a bad situation
TickedoffmamaC
July 02, 2019
Saw a nice truck on Autotrader, low price, "she" won it in the divorce is going to deploy with the AirForce and needs to sell quickly. Plates in photo were BC, not ontario, wanted money taken to a convenience store and put into Bitcoin. All protection plan through eBay Motors and even spoke to customer support person. After deposting money in BitCoin truck would be sent to us and we would have 5 days to inspect. Could return truck at no cost. Thank God we listened to intuition... too good to be true!
cobra
August 08, 2019
how can a used car advertise.. was $$ now $$ when theris no msrp
Buyer Scams
September 13, 2019
Scams and fraud are not exclusive to buyers but sellers as well. Selling my Toyota Tundra through Craigslist to person who claims to be military. They claimed they cannot come to see the vehicle, but agree right away to purchase. They indicate they cannot go to their bank but will transfer the funds through PayPal and then ask for your personal account information. They tell you they will have a third party come pick-up and sign for the vehicle. The grammar is poor and they stress their honesty, but cannot meet, deal directly, or provide legitimate funds for purchase. Please note that all of these are indicators and shown in both Craigslist and PayPal indicating a potentially fraudulent or scamming purchase;... buyer and seller beware!
Ned
December 20, 2019

En respuesta a por Buyer Scams

I almost fell for a scam "eautowin traders", they had a professional looking website. eautowin . com / consignment-centralstore / search- stock/ HG557464. html. Turns out the truck was on another sellers legitimate website, in fact it had already been sold. Phony invoice, looked real to me Online live chat, I questioned the legitimacy of the truck and they terminated the chat. Bottom line do your research and question everything!!!
Luew
November 06, 2019
Beware of vehicles shipped or transferred in from southern states . Im the 2016-17 hurricanes and flooding .
Be careful out…
November 11, 2019
A new twist on this is where it's posted via NextDoor (a neighborhood social media site) from a real person in the local community but apparently it's a fabricated NextDoor profile. It tells you to email her 'aunt' directly for more info. Of course, the aunt is in VA and ready to deploy with her infantry and needs to sell the car asap and is willing to sell it cheap...
CMichael
April 09, 2021

En respuesta a por Be careful out…

This scam is still going. I Saw a listing and made an inquiry And when I went back to for the listing I saw the same one listed in several States and several cities with the exact same contact information for email. The listing required me to contact someone supposed aunt in the military to set up the transaction. I realise that it was a scam and immediately reported to the FTC . Apparently the same scan has been going on for at least a couple of years based on the previous blog posted in 2019. I highly encourage anyone that comes across this or any other Internet scam to report it to the FTC so that these criminals can be caught and they stop taking advantage of people and stealing their money.
Tee
October 12, 2021

En respuesta a por Be careful out…

This just happened to me. Saw an ad that said communicate with my aunt via email. The aunt just stated she's in VA getting ready to deploy aneed to sell ASAP. Will have Ebay motors to set up everything.
Dee
April 25, 2020
There are scammers on offerup using ebay to have you pay for vehicles with ebay cards. I've been scamed.
Mimi63
May 07, 2020

En respuesta a por Dee

They’re still out there. I had a woman try this on me within the last 3 days. The car was listed in my state but ended up being across the country due to a divorce. She and ‘eBay’ wanted me to put up the purchase price for the car as an act of good faith, then asked the next day for $600 additional dollars for shipping insurance.
AnneK
May 31, 2020

En respuesta a por Dee

This just happened to me. This morning. Nice person selling their vehicle through Ebay motors. I even spoke with someone in their "financial department" I'm sick right now. The invoice looked so real. I'm filing a police report but I know I'll never get my money back. These people are disgusting.
Moments away f…
June 07, 2020
I was just moments away from being scammed, but saw this article. EVERYTHING this article warns of, the seller did to me. Wouldn't let me call her or come see vehicle. "Invoice" looked legit at 1st glance, but was missing words and had multiple grammatical errors, so I decided to research. She is active military and on "base" right now and MUST sell the car within a few days, etc. Smh. Then invoice tells me to GO PURCHASE EBAY GIFT CARDS as my only form of payment. I'll be reporting her as soon as I'm done typing this sentence.
Broken Hearted
June 09, 2020

En respuesta a por Moments away f…

I am sick right now!! My son saved his money to purchase his car. I thought this was legit, we bought $800 in eBay cards now I can't return them!
Moto buyer
June 09, 2020
I'm trying to purchase a motorcycle, and the seller said they will send the motorcycle to me and allow me to inspect and test ride for 5 days with out any exchange of money. They said that this is through an eBay service. Just sounds too good to be true
nottasha
June 09, 2020
I have some one on ebay trying to sell a perfect 1995 Chevrolet pick up her name is Sara Cox I’m afraid to buy the truck cuz it could be a scam
Sugarfoot
June 12, 2020
I'm in the market for a new car. Since my son totalled mine. I think I have two scammers on my gmail right now trying to get me to burn a 2004 and a 2007. They look brand new and will ship to me through Ebay. I'm starting to get what's going on.
LR Blair
June 19, 2020
My husband and I bought a golf cart for $800, the listing on Facebook, but seller's a member of ebay motors, so we bought $800 worth of ebay gift cards to purchase the golf cart, but since we used the gift cards towards our purchase, we can't get a hold of the seller or ebay motors for over a week
Billy Bats
June 24, 2020
They use same scam for Boats
Rob28murray.rm…
November 27, 2020
96 Impala SS on Facebook marketplace is a scam. Ridiculous low price and want to be paid in eBay gift cards.
Mtbikeed
December 13, 2020
Saw this amazing truck . Seller said she'd go throu ebay motors for a safe transaction. But was very nervous about it after research. Was told def a big scam using fake like ebay motors ads and payment forms. Her name is Irrma davis so Carolina. Add help would be appreciated. Thos cancer survivor cant handle much more? Thank you!!!!
Shelley Pittsburgh
February 24, 2021
This scam continues with somewhat different scenario. Seller is in Kansas; husband's car who recently died (heart attack), bad memories. After I thought about it more and did some research including contacting someone from eBay, they said it sounded like a scam. I knew it was too good to be true; 2009 Honda Accord for only $800. She did send me pictures of this nice looking black Honda parked in a driveway of a nice looking neighborhood. Some people just have too much free time.
Kelly
March 19, 2021

En respuesta a por Shelley Pittsburgh

Thanks for your post on this. You just saved me from a big loss. Same exact details on a deal I was try to purchase a car.
KLM
April 10, 2021

En respuesta a por Shelley Pittsburgh

OMG SAME HERE!!! That’s EXACTLY why I’m on this site right now. This woman had the same story except now she’s in Fort Wayne. It’s a 2009 BMW only $1000 ?? Sounds so fishy I knew it was a scam despite the pictures of the car on a busy street
sherilynn
April 21, 2021

En respuesta a por Shelley Pittsburgh

I just had similar senerio, this women was selling a white Honda Accord only 107000 miles for $1000. She showed me pictures and said ebay would deliver it to me. She said she was being deployed and her husband passed away a few months back. She then told me I would keep it for five days and then decide if I'm going to buy it. I am going to assume soon I will get a call or email asking for account info! Such a scam
Mimi Hun!
July 23, 2021

En respuesta a por Shelley Pittsburgh

I had the same woman from Kansas City name was Judith K James and she claim that she had throat surgery and her daughter was depressed because her "husband" passed away from Heart Attack
CantScamMe
October 24, 2021

En respuesta a por Shelley Pittsburgh

This is currently going on with me too. Another too good to be true and also in the second response they said "they will confirm the fact that the transaction is conducted through them and I'm a legitimate seller" which in and of itself is a red flag. They know it sounds scammy and they said that without being questioned. Her husband died and she has horrible memories. She already moved to Montana and I will have 5 days to test drive the car. So ridiculous.
Me112233
March 30, 2021
I just saw this same scam on a rare, antique car. Pictures of a PERFECT 1963 Imperial convertible (531 made) for only $7,500 (fair value for this absolutely immaculate car would be $60,000 to $75,000). It was claimed to have only 11,000 miles on it. "Woman" wrote that husband died a few months ago (it was his car) and she has to sell to cover bills. She also said she had her thyroid removed and was convalescing at her parents' house in Nebraska, and had already arranged for the car to be shipped to the buyer. The pictures were actually scans of old physical photographs found in high-end magazines of the day (LIFE for example), excellent quality, yet not the same rendering that today's point-and-shoot digital photography provides. No engine compartment or open-trunk pics provided, yet those pics are typical of classic car ads.
Tyrone Washington
April 15, 2021

En respuesta a por Me112233

Huge red flags just popped up for me. I've been shopping for a 1960's Corvair. Two weeks ago I got a letter from "Ruth Lee" who is recuperating from thyroid surgery at her late parents house in Nebraska. Her husband used to say "life is to short to drive a boring car". This evening I just got a reply from "Anna Watkins" about a different car. Can you imagine my shock when her letter was EXACTLY the same as "Ruth Lee's", a word for word copy. They must be sisters recovering from their thyroid surgery at their late parents house in Nebraska. I didn't know there was so much thyroid disease going around. BTW, the cars in question were listed on Kloompy and Trovid. I'm beginning to think that every car for sale on the internet is a scam. I'm changing my search strategy to joining enthusiast forums and looking there. Then I can do background checks with other forum members to confirm the validity of the seller.
Slashback
April 19, 2021
Got this advert on Auto Trader of a 2011 Corrola with an email to contact seller. Said she was in London after a divorce and got the car awarded to her from her divorce. Requested for inspection, she said it shut up in a shipping company in Halifax. Requested for CARFAX report, said she is not in possession of the VIN but will find everything in a green bag under the driver's seat. That all she needs is my name, phone number and address to setup payment on ebay and will send it to me to inspect for 5 days after which I can pay. Found this so good to be true and don't see how that works.
dragonbits
May 05, 2021
Can someone tell me any legitimate reason to be required to pay in gift cards of any sort? From what I can tell from these stories is that weird ways to pay and bizarre excuses for not being able to inspect the car is the common element here.
Renncore
June 10, 2021
Just got the same scam on Facebook marketplace questioned it and said I would jump on a plane never heard back.
gracebrown72
June 28, 2021
i was scam big time when i tried to buy a car after i got the gift card and send in the information i was asked to send extra money so right now i have no car no money can somebody let me know what do and i saw the same car on face book up for sale again