VIN Check Scam

an example of a vin checker scam

What is a Vin Check scam?

This scam usually happens on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, or some other type of online marketplace. The scam targets individuals who are selling pre-owned vehicles. The scammer will message the seller and request that they use a VIN check service so they can know more about the vehicle’s history. 

However, the buyer will provide the seller with the only VIN checker service that they trust, which is a website hosted by the scammer. The scammer will tell you that they will pay you back for any charges that you paid while using the fake VIN check service. 

Lastly, if you have previously fallen victim to one of these services, report your card stolen immediately. The scammers will have kept all financial information and can use it in the future.

How can you stay safe from a VIN Check scam?

To avoid falling for this scam, always make sure to use reputable VIN check services such as Carfax. Whenever a potential buyer links you to an unfamiliar website, always proceed with caution. Check for reviews on the website through the Better Business Bureau for extra validation.

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