• Report: #468870

Complaint Review: DAS Auto Shippers And EBay Purchase Protection Team

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  • Submitted: Sun, July 12, 2009
  • Updated: Sat, November 28, 2009

  • Reported By:Oshawa Ontario
DAS Auto Shippers And EBay Purchase Protection Team
dasautoshippers.com Mayo, Yukon Canada

DAS Auto Shippers And Ebay Purchase Protection Team cheat, scam, car, purchase, trick Mayo Yukon

*Consumer Comment: Almost got me too!!

*UPDATE Employee: You were not dealling with Das Auto Shippers or Ebay.

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They almost got me. I was searching on Autotrader.ca out of Ontario, CA. I found my dream car, 1969 Camaro, and it was some what reasonably priced compared to the others on there. I contacted the owner who identified themselves as Vanessa Stewart, out of Yukon Territories in hopes to get a look at the car in person. She offered to pay half the shipping costs ($200 of the total $400) to send the car to my place in Ontario. I was to wire my money to the 'eBay Purchase Protection Team' where they would hold my money. I was given a grace of 7 days to inspect the car. If satisfied, eBay would finish the transaction and give Vanessa my money. I was head over heals..

1) First i checked out where Mayo, Yukon was. (where she lives). I couldnt believe it was only $400 to ship a car across a Canada.

2) I looked up DAS Auto Shippers. It had scam written all over it. DAS HAS MADE A FAKE WEBSITE. It looks very professional, but dont let it fool you. It even warned the viewers of "Fraudural Imitators". They wrote a whole shpeel on how to find fakes. Checking the Business Beareau of Canada, turns out there is actually no DAS Auto Shippers at all.

3) Already convinced I decided to see what else I could find. Google told me very quickly the there is no association between eBay and its 'eBay Purchase Protection Team'. This is also a scam.

Am I ever glad I caught this.

ITS ALWAYS SAFE TO RESEARCH EVERYTHING YOU PURCHASE ONLINE.

Cam
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada

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#1 Consumer Comment

Almost got me too!!

AUTHOR: korrie - (Canada)

This report sounds very familiar.  I am also from canada and I was looking on kijiji for a ditch witch, found one and then thought i bought one. But when i received the invoice it was from an "ebay motors" and i was told to send a money order to the individual  - she claimed that if we went through ebay they had a vehicle protection plan and the shipping would be free. Anyway, things were not making sense to me so i did some research and it was a scam that I have come to find out many people have been taken by. I realize the items are different but this item was also in the Yukon Territory, and the shipping company is the same.  I have kept all the emails she sent me and I would be interested to see if they are similar to yours. I did phone the RCMP who were kind enough to give me a number which was set up to deal with these types of scams.

 

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You were not dealling with Das Auto Shippers or Ebay.

AUTHOR: ToolTexas - (USA)

You were not dealing with Das Auto Shippers or Ebay. You were dealing with a scammer trying to con you out of your money. Ebay only has a buyer protection program for items listed on Ebay, so if you are looking on another site and they offer Ebay buyer protection you should immediately know that they are scammers. Das Auto Shippers move vehicles from one location to another location and have nothing to do with the financing or holding of a vehicle.  If you went to a site other than http://www.dasautoshippers.com, then you did not check out the real Das Auto Shippers.  You were looking at a website that the scammer wanted you to think was Das Auto  Shippers.  These bogus websites usually don't offer much.  They won't give you a quote or a number to get in touch with them.  The article we have on this issue can be found at http://www.dasautoshippers.com/Default.aspx?tabid=343, which I have listed below. By Eric Weinkam 2009, All Rights Reserved
If you've never been a victim of fraud, you're lucky!
A Gartner Research study found that approximately 7.5% of
Americans lost money in financial fraud scams in 2008, many of them through
online fraud.  Between phishing attacks (luring users to fake Web sites), fake
chat room sessions, and spyware, online consumers are vulnerable as are online
merchants and service providers.
At DAS Auto Shippers, we've identified a used car scam that's run by
fraudsters using eBay to advertise used cars, trucks, and SUVs at sharply
discounted prices.  Buyers think they're getting a great deal: "Wow! A used
Lexus SUV worth over $12k for just $4800? What a deal!"   And that would be
a great deal if the seller actually had a vehicle for sale.
Here's how the scam works.
Buy It and We'll Have It Shipped
First, the scammer lists a car on eBay, Craigslist, Yahoo Motors or another
sales/auction site.  He provides what seems to be all the information a car
buyer could possibly want: VIN, photos, mileage information, etc.  The scammer
has this information because he's copied it from a previous,
legitimate online listing for a vehicle.  It's probably a car
that sold six months to a year before.
Even with all that information, most buyers are careful. The contact the
"seller" and either want to see the vehicle themselves or have someone inspect
it for them.
Of course, the person perpetrating the fraud doesn't have a vehicle to show,
so he tells the buyer that Dependable Auto Shippers (DAS) or another auto
shipper already has the vehicle crated for shipping. But, the fraudster adds,
the buyer shouldn't worry because the vehicle is covered by the DAS (or another
company's) Vehicle Protection Program. If the buyer doesn't like the vehicle
when it arrives, he gets his money refunded.
Once the buyer agrees to the deal, the fraudulent seller explains that
someone from the "Vehicle Protection Program" will contact them to arrange
payment. The fake email, which contains payment information and a tracking
number, directs the buyer to a bogus Web site that looks legitimate. We've had
several scammers make complete copies of the DAS Web site and host them at
different domain names.
Often, the buyer isn't aware he's been scammed until he contacts DAS to ask
about delivery dates or request additional information. For the past several
years, we've received about 3 calls per week like this; about 1/3 of the people
calling have already paid.
Stopping the Scammers Isn't Easy
The scam is extremely difficult to prosecute. The perpetrators are smart
enough to keep the vehicle cost below $5,000 because the FBI doesn't investigate
and prosecute fraud schemes under that amount. Local law enforcement can't do
anything because the fraudsters are usually located in Eastern Europe or
Asia.
At DAS, we ask the would-be buyer to play along with the scam until the
fraudulent seller sends the email with payment information. Then, our team goes
to work tracing the IP addresses and tracking down the hosting companies to get
the bogus Web sites shut down.
Unfortunately, the scammers just keep moving the sites around and defrauding
consumers.
How to Recognize an Online Used Car Scam
Although each scammer uses a slightly different sales pitch, there are common
warning signs. If the seller uses even one of these techniques, think very
carefully before buying:
1. The seller is a soldier deployed overseas or is working overseas.
That's why he has to sell the vehicle quickly (and at a loss) and/or
why it's crated up and not available for inspection.
2. The vehicle costs less than $5,000 but not much less.
The scammers lure buyers with prices that are a fraction of the
vehicle's book price. So they'll offer a $15,000 SUV for just $4900. Deals that
seem "too good to be true" usually are.
3. Send your payment to a third party. In an effort to
appear legitimate, the seller tells you that the third party, whether eBay, DAS,
or an escrow service, will immediately refund your money if you don't like the
vehicle.
4. You have to send payment by wire transfer. Scammers don't
take payment by personal check, cashier's check, PayPal, credit card, or any
other traceable method. Anyone requesting payment by anonymous wire transfer is
probably engaged in some sort of fraud. Dependable Auto Shippers is an
eBay Motors preferred carrier. We work with all online sales and auction sites
and other auto shipment companies to combat fraud schemes like this one. We
never accept payment for anything but our services directly related to auto
transport. The best defense against this type of fraud is education.
Consumers who are alert to signs of fraud can help get these scams shut down
before the perpetrators are able to defraud a lot of people.
Author's Bio
Eric Weinkam is the Chief Information Officer of Dependable Auto Shippers
(DAS). DAS has been providing reliable auto transport services
since 1954. Contact DAS for all your car shipping needs at http://www.dasautoshippers.com or call 866-298-4221
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