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Question DetailsAsked on 2/26/2015

i want to buy a jeep cherokee from an ebay.com but they want me to send a money gram to purchase what should i do.

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When you are done with that transaction, there is a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell to you - only today only $45,000 and hurry because I will have other offers any minute - send me a MoneyGram.


This is one of the oldest scams in the book. Might be legit - but how do you know ? And if not going through the at least somewhat safe eBay payments system, why not ? Sounds VERY iffy to me.


Normally you should take your cashiers check payment to the DMV and not turn it over till the title has been checked by the DMV (to be sure not on hot sheet or already reported as scrapped) and then pay once the signatures have been entered and title transferred. Though title search part will not generally be possible at that time if out of state registration/title.


If out of town deal, you are risking a TON unless you have the purchase go through a dealer OF YOUR CHOICE or lawyer or escrow company or such - probably in order of $300 plusor minus for someone to process the transaction for you. Plus you would have to have that person handle delivery to the shipping company or pickup for delivery, because otherwise how do you know you will actually get the vehicle shipped to you after you paid for it ?


Of course, except with limited availability collectibles and antiques, generally buying a vehicle from out of your local area and having it shipped to you costs more than it is worth by the time it gets to you unless you are buying in person at a low-cost volume dealer and driving it home as a vacation or such, or buying in a low-cost area and driving it back home to your high-priced area, avoiding the higher markup.


Basically - for an out of town car purchase, go there and transfer title and take possession yourself.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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