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Potential Fraud And Internet Scams

Please review this information about potential Internet fraud to protect yourself as a seller. Like any form of media the Internet can be a tool for good or for bad. There is a percentage of business transactions on the Internet that are subject to fraud, scams and cheats. Just like normal transactions, buyers and sellers need to be aware of their surroundings and be cautious in their transactions. Be especially cautious of overseas inquiries. If the deal is to good to be true you are probably right.

To report a potential scam please email, or

Some recent scams reported by our readers:

This scam was reported by Greg on 8/17/15

I had a response from John & Paul Ussery of Raymond Mississippi, payed for a complete front panel with grill & lights. After 
seeing photos of a truck they were parting out. They received $600 US & never sent any parts & stopped responding to email. 
I later found photos of the same truck when I googled photos of Gladiator Jeeps. Looks like they just sent photos of someone 
else's truck & never intended to send parts.

I also paid $100 US for another grill on the same day, dealing with a guy in Tarpon Springs Florida, calling himself Robert 
Smith Parts. He also received the money & never sent parts. Blaming the person he nominated to collect money for stealing it 
& therefore he wouldn't send parts.

This scam was reported by one of our readers on 6/17/15


Hello Seller,

In reference to your online placed ad, please could you tell me whether the advert is still for sale? Also tell me whether 
its condition remains as described in your ad? Please include the current price too. Write soon.



From: Hi, Glad to hear from you.This sounds good and it's like we can come to an agreement.I'm glad you still have it for sale i want you to keep the ad off market and consider sold to me.I know am asking you to trust me.I am ok with the price $3000,do get back to me with your details needed for payment to be issued out and as well mailed to you asap via Ups or FedEx,i will handle the shipment so do not worry about that OK. Get back to me with your details as requested below: Full name... Residential address... City.. State.. Zipcode... Cell Phone number... Home Phone number... I will await to hear from you in this regard as soon as possible. Thank You. Mike

This scam was reported by one of our readers on 4/21/15

On Apr 1, 2015, at 12:45 AM, Clint corby wrote:

Hey,  Nice to read back from you, I have original  J200 Thriftside stepside , available for sale.

On Mar 19, 2015, at 12:25 AM, Clint corby wrote:

  With reference to your  advert on the internet,reproduced below,am contacting you in this regard.
Waiting to read back from you if you are still interested in making the purchase.

This scam was reported by one of our readers on 4/21/15 This guy goes by two names. Also, Jose Amerika and Manti Begin forwarded message: From: Manti h Subject: Re: 1963-66 Jeep Gladiator J200 Thriftside Date: April 11, 2015 at 7:43:59 AM GMT+8 Please advise if you are still in search of the requested item as i have got for sale. am a dealer Thanks

This scam was reported by one of our readers on 8-12-14

From: Omar Ali
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Subject: Re: Cherokees Jeeps/ truck and Parts for sale.


I have excellent Wagons and Cherokees Jeeps/ truck and Parts for sale.
I also have the vehicle and parts you requested
Update me if you are still in need.
I need a serious buyer.

James reported this scam on 7-21-14

On Friday, July 18, 2014, Richardson Williams wrote:


It may interested to know that i have the Item(s) you requested in
perfect shape and condition, if you are interested, please shoot me a
mail of what you require with your shipping full address,

Thanks and many regards


To Sellers: Please beware of a scam where someone offers to buy your car with a certified check and comes up with a reason to write the check for significantly more than the asking price and request the seller to wire the difference to someone else. They will send you a counterfeit check and your bank may clear the check, however, in a week or so, the check turns out to be counterfeit and the bank requires the car seller to cover the money for the phony check. To avoid falling for such a scam call the issuing bank prior to accepting the check and then wait seven to ten days after deposit to find out if a check has cleared the issuing bank before doing anything with that money or handing over the title to the car. Please check this site for current Scam info:
Useful Links to help fight Internet Fraud
Federal Trade Commission regarding Check Overpayment Scams
FDIC Avoid Costly Scams Involving Fake Checks and Money Orders
US Postal Service (USPS) - Fake Check Scams
If you need to report fraud on the Internet there is an online partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center at
How you can protect yourself from PayPal fraud or scams
In addition, we also recommend the following websites that deal with scams and myths perpetuated in various ways on the Internet:
Hoax Slayer - Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!
Overpayment Cheque Scam
The Internet is a wonderful tool and it would be a shame for you to have a negative experience resulting from contact with bad people. We hope you find this information helpful.