August 13, 2022

A popular auto scam stateside is targeting car sellers in Alberta.

Global News has received several complaints from sellers about someone contacting them, pretending to be interested in buying the vehicle, but asking for a vehicle report first.

Calgarian Wayne Rambow recently put his vehicle up for sale and said he was bombarded with requests to buy it, including from one very persistent person who wanted to come see it right away.

“He responded, ‘Do you have a current vehicle report for it?’” Rambow said. “And I said I had one from a year ago and he said, ‘No, I want a specific vehicle report.’”

Calgary car seller warns of potential scam.

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Rambow said the texts got increasingly pushy — directing him to a link the potential buyer provided.

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“I went to the site that I thought I read on the text and I pulled off a current vehicle report. Then I sent them the link and they said, ‘That’s from a scam site, that’s not the report I’ll accept’.

“‘I’m not doing business unless you get it from the exact link I shared with you,’” Rambow said the person texted him. “That’s when I got really suspicious.”

Rambow called the “buyer” out and pulled out of the deal.

Read more:

Better Business Bureau warns car sellers about scam

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

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