Used Car Scam

Used Car Scam


YOU NEED HELP, SHE’S ON YOUR SIDE. BETTER CALL BEHKEN. IT’S A SOPHISTICATED SCAM TO TRICK YOU IN TO PAYING WAY TOO MUCH FOR A USED CAR THAT IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. A BROOKSVILLE WOMAN DROVE TO TAMPA TO BUY A VAN SHE FOUND ON CRAIGSLIST. SHE WAS TOLD IT HAD 108,000 MILES. WHEN SHE GOT HOME, SHE FOUND OUT IT HAD MORE THAN 177,000 MILES. THAT’S WHEN SHE KNEW SHE BETTER CALL BEHNKEN. YOU DISCOVERED THIS ODOMETER TAMPERING IS NOTHING NEW AND KIND OF A BIG THING. IT’S A REALLY BIG THING AND SEEMS TO BE HEATING UP. IT’S REALLY SCARY FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE IN THE MARKET FOR A USED CAR. IN THIS CASE SOMEONE ROLLED BACK THE ODOMETER AND I WAS REALLY SHOCKED AT HOW EASY IT IS TO DO. I BOUGHT IT THE 17TH OF THIS MONTH. Reporter: MARY ELLEN MORGAN NEEDED A VAN FAST AFTER HERS WAS TOTALED IN A CAR ACCIDENT. SHE FOUND A 2006 HONDA ODYSSEY ON CRAIGSLIST AND FORKED OVER $5,000 IN CASH. THE SELLER ASSURED HER SHE HAD OWNED THE VAN FOR FIVE YEARS, TOOK GREAT CARE OF IT, AND THAT IT HAD 108,000 MILES. DID THEY GIVE YOU ANY RECORDS OF MAINTENANCE? NO. YOU JUST TRUSTED THEM? YES. LIKE A DUMMY. Reporter: THE SELLER MUST HAVE THOUGHT SHE WAS PRETTY SMART. BUT SHE MADE A DUMB MISTAKE. ON THE WAY HOME, WARNING LIGHTS LIT UP AND MARY FLIPPED DOWN THE VISOR, REVEALING A NOTE THE SELLER FORGOT TO GET RID OF. AN OIL CHANGE STICKER FROM OCTOBER, SHOWING 175,000 MILES. I’M AFRAID TO DRIVE IT. Reporter: SHE CALLED THE SELLER. NO ANSWER. THEY WOULDN’T ANSWER ME AT ALL THROUGH TEXT. THEN I STARTED TO E-MAIL THEM AND HIS ONLY RESPONSE, OR HER ONLY RESPONSE TO ME WAS I’M SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU, MARY, BUT I DIDN’T SELL YOU THE CAR. IT WAS THE SAME E-MAIL. Reporter: A CAR FAX REPORT SHOWS THIS VAN HAD 177,152 MILES ON IT WHEN IT SOLD AT AUCTION EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE REPORT ALSO POKES ANOTHER HOLE IN THE SELLER’S STORY. SHE DIDN’T HAVE THE VAN FOR FIVE YEARS. THE TITLE RECORDED FIVE DAYS BEFORE IT WAS SOLD TO MARY. THAT TITLE LISTS CASTILLO AS THE OWNER. THERE’S ALSO A TAMPA ADDRESS. SO I KNOCKED. I DIDN’T FIND THE SELLER BUT I DID FIND IT’S RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO DIAL BACK AN ODOMETER AND LEARNING HOW IS GAINING POPULARITY ONLINE. VIDEO AFTER VIDEO SHOWS HOW. I HAVE THE DOUBLE E ADAPTER CONNECTED. Reporter: THAT SCARES MARY. SHE WANTS TO WARN OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM FINED, MAYBE PUNISHED FOR THIS. SOME JAIL TIME. THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS REVIEWING THIS CASE AND SO IS THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES. I HAVE POSTED TIPS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF. CHECK OUT MY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THAT. THE INTERNET IS SO HELPFUL IN SO MANY WAYS. IT LOOKS VERY EASY TO DO. WE DON’T ENCOURAGE ANYBODY TO DO THIS BUT MY GOODNESS. IT’S OUT THERE. I COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW EASY IT IS AND PREVALENT IT IS. YOU GO ONLINE, YOU CAN ORDER ONE OF THESE THINGS. WHY ELSE WOULD YOU NEED IT OTHER THAN TO SCAM SOMEBODY? IT’S RIGHT THERE. YOU PLUG IT IN AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY PLUG IN, DIAL UP THE MAKE AND MODEL OF YOUR CAR, PLUG IN WHAT YOU WANT IT TO SAY. THAT’S WHY YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK ESPECIALLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE. BUYER BEWARE. YOU ALMOST HAVE TO ASSUME THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG.

About the Author: Michael Flood

22 Comments

  1. It's 5000 fucking dollars who gives a shit it runs and has lasted 11 years, jail time who the hell is this bitch? 😆😂

  2. I don't understand what the problem is, this is not a case of being a bad consumer. this is fraud and a crime in every state, most states its a felony , And because like the article said its easy to do, meaning law enforcement and the DMV , make the penalties harsh, not just return the money no harm no foul ,  more like size any other cars they have and prison time.

  3. Lol I've gotten 3 vehicles off craigslist, all of which were amazing deals. This bitch just bought the first one she saw, a too good to be true one.

  4. Never ever buy cars online especially on Craigslist. If you do so, see the car physically and get the info like the VIN. That way you can check online or to the state where it is registered to confirm the car's status.

  5. Doesn’t matter if those people think they got away with scamming that lady, there will be justice served when Jesus comes! Repent people and stop doing evil and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and have faith in Him and you shall have eternal life!

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  7. Nothing wrong with craigslist !!!!!!!!!!!! You just gotta be careful !!!!!!! I see many negative comments about CL thats from people who has no cash! go buy from dealer then see how they scam you !

  8. "…Why else would you need (one of these) really, other than to scam somebody…" I used to be a mechanic, and I have "one of these", and yes, I have used them before. Last time I used it, I really wasn't a mechanic any more, but I did some work for a friend from church. He had an Oldsmobile, it would start and run just fine when cold, but after warming it up, it would no longer start unless it sat and cooled down. Turned out that the car had a passive anti-theft system built into from the factory, and one of the modules for that anti-theft system was integral to the instrument cluster. His instrument cluster would work when cold, but then it would completely quit after a few minutes, and it would no longer allow the car to start. I did an instrument cluster swap, and copied his mileage from his old cluster and programmed it into the new cluster. Years later, he passed away and his daughter drives it. Still runs fine and odometer is reading as it should. But by using one of these tools I must be a scammer, right?

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