I called the number in the Chicago Tribune - Rides Section ad because I was interested in a car for sale. When I called 815-556-9752 I could only leave a message.
A day later I received a return call from the seller, her name was Victoria M Moyer.
She left me a voice message and her phone number, 509-590-0096. I called her and we talked about the specs and condition of the car. She asked for my email, saying she would send me pictures of the car and her contact info.
I received the pictures and in the body of her email she suggested that if I was interested in purchasing the car - that for both our benefit, we should use Google Wallet. She included a hyper link to the web site in order that I familiarize myself with the safe and secure procedure. [continued below]....
..... The link was http://www.checkoutwallet-payments.com/.
After visiting the website and reading through it I felt safe and satisfied with the procedure and sent her an email stating that I was still interested, but I wanted to see the CARFAX report.
Victoria emailed me the report for the 2008 Lexus GS 350 AWD VIN #JTHCE96S480020757
We negotiated a price and she asked me to go to https://checkout.google.com to register my name and email. She explained this was necessary so she could identify me as the buyer inside the Google Wallet system. After she chose me as the buyer, then Google Wallet would send me the Invoice and wire transfer instructions.
I was hoodwinked into thinking that TD Bank in Annandale, VA located at 7209 Little River Turnpike& Backlick Rd 22003 was a Google Wallet affiliate bank and they would hold my transferred funds in escrow until the car was delivered to me and I accepted the sale. If for some reason I rejected it, then I would receive a wire transfer refundand the car would be shipped to another location another potential buyer.
I wire transferred my money to the TD Bank to a beneficiary named Dominik Klement DBA Google Wallet. I was instructed to send a Payment Confirmation document to Google Wallet at (FAX) 206-338-2347 once I completed the transfer.
Then the Google Wallet emails started coming. 1.) Google Wallet Important Notice, 2.) Google
Wallet Payment Confirmation, 3.) Google Wallet Payment Confirmed Funds Cleared - seller notified to ship vehicle, 4.) Google Wallet Shipping and Tracking Info George Smith (406) 205-1623, expected delivery date June 28, 2012.
All of these emails came from the same email address and at times I replied to asked questions and I received prompt replies.
Then, George Smith called me and said his transporter had gearbox problems and was stuck in Rapid City, SD. He would be delayed 2 days for repairs. Google Wallet even sent me an email confirming his story. I communicated with Victoria and she said she received the same update from Google Wallet.
Okayheres the end of the story. I was taken for $26,000. They were smarter than me. The car never arrived and I am a victim of fraud. If I were to pin down where I went wrong it would be that I launched the hyperlink inside the body of Victorias email to me, to read about Google Wallet Used Car Purchases. It was a cloned website of the real Google Wallet. Therefore, it was written with a vehicle buyer in mind and it answered all of the questions that one would have about this type of purchaseout of state vehicle, transported to buyer, funds held in escrow, etc.
May my mistake and misfortune save 1 person from these fraudsters. I received a valuable education in the process...but not $26,000 worth.