An Omaha dad searching for a car for his son runs across a suspicious offer. He's not the only one this fake "seller" is targeting.
Darrell Matson says after browsing several auto online sites, an ad on Craigslist seemed like the perfect fit.
Matson says, "It was for a 2004 Nissan Sentra and had about 65,000 miles-which is pretty good mileage--and they were only asking $1850."
Darrell says he knows Craigslist advises buyers only to deal with sellers who are local, and you can meet face-to-face. This seller claimed they were.
Matson says, "The ad said the car was in Mondamin, Iowa, so that was close enough I could go see it."
But when he sent an email asking when he could test drive the 2004 Nissan Sentra, that's when the seller's story changed.
Matson says she started claiming she had gotten a divorce, moved to Ohio, and the car was now in Ohio.
Another red flag, she also refused to give him a phone number. She would only correspond by email.
Suspicious, he googled the seller's name--"Jennifer Miller"-and her email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
He found complaints from consumer across the country, including one who fell for the scam.
Matson says, "It happened to be a guy in Georgia, and he got scammed for $3100."
Darrell is done with this seller, and still shopping for a car.