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For those of you out there looking for a deal on classic cars be weary and do your research if you see a deal that looks too good to be true. A recent ad on some websites and email chain that has been going around has caught the eye of a few classic car aficionados.

There was a picture that was going around of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, looking like it was in near perfect restored condition. Something like this is going to fetch a lot of money in an auction or individual sale. The price that was listed under the car was for $16,000. If anyone knows anything about classic cars, that price is absolutely ridiculous. A car like that usually runs from $35,000 to $75,000 depending on the condition it is in.

The ad has been syndicated around the entire country with different email addresses sending it out all saying something of a similar nature. The ad isn’t only reaching emails but also being spread throughout newspapers and other car sites online.

The scam involves a few different phone numbers as well. The scam has so far hit areas like Florida, New England Area, and the Midwest. The scam is a simplistic scam that has been making the rounds around these areas with one thing in mind, to rob people of their money.

Details of the Scam

The first part to take note of the scam is the incredibly low price range. The car is drastically priced at a level that does not warrant the true price of a car of this caliber. If someone was going to sell a car like this quickly, it may be reduced by one thousand dollars but not half of its intrinsic value. The old adage is true that if it is too good to be true than it most likely is.

Anyone looking for a corvette is going to know there is a catch or some sort of scam. If you were to call one of the numbers offered by these ads there would be no answer. These types of scammers are looking for people to respond to the emails, they are looking through hundreds of emails and seeing who is the most gullible so that they can move the scam forward.

After they have sifted through the work the scammers will begin responding back to their emails and making false promises about the car. The object of the game is for them to achieve some monetary gain. This usually comes in the form of asking for some sort of deposit.  They will create a sense of urgency around the situation as if the car is going to be sold soon and if they could just get a small amount of a deposit they can hold it for them to go and check out the car.

The location of the car will be in driving distance from the person and once they have paid because everything seems so urgent and right there, they will then deposit the money, while the scammer disappears never to be seen again and there was in fact no car ever in existence.

 


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