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Unusually Low Prices for cars on Craigslist - Why?

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  • Dec 16th, 2017 6:58 pm
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Most likely just a Nigerian prince that had to leave the country and will have someone broker the deal for you after you western union some funds over. Totally legit.
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Do craigslist show how long the user account has been active?

If not, at least with Kijiji you can tell if it's a long time member.

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Those are scams. Cheapest 2009 Maxima on Kijiji is almost $7k:
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/osh ... nFlag=true

Good thing I never bothered with Craigslist. There seems to be a lot of low-lifers there.
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gh05t wrote:
Dec 9th, 2017 9:11 pm

Flood cars from USA?

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/cto/d ... 77603.html
When the ad reads "Clean title in hand", the cars from USA part is probably right.

Then again, they both reek of craiglist scams.
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Considering it's mid December, how is it possible that the grass is green and all the trees behind the Acura have green leaves still?

The scam usually works like this:

Seller: I had to leave the country for (excuse like school, military service, etc.) . I won't be back so I need to get rid of the car fast so I have reduced the price. The car is currently with a broker at a storage depot. The broker will ship the car for free to you. You can test drive it for a day. If you like the car, just pay the broker. If not, the broker will pick it up for free.

Buyer: Sounds good, I don't have to forward any money so there is no risk for me

Broker: The car is being shipped to you for tommorow at 1pm so you can test drive. Delivery has been paid

At 1pm, you get a call from the delivery driver: I can't drop the car because the broker didn't pay all of fee. He's $20 short. If you emt the money by 2pm, I can still drop today, otherwise I have to go to the next delivery and the car will go back to the storage depot.

Buyer calls broker: I'm out of office today, will return tomorrow.

Buyer emails seller: Problem.. I can't get ahold of the broker. I took a day off work for this car.

Seller replies at 1:45 pm: I will reduce the price of car by a further $500 as compensation. Please emt the delivery driver $20.

Buyer rushes to emt driver $20 before 2pm.

Driver: Money received, be at your house by 3pm

No delivery, $20 gone.
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When you email them, you will get spammed with escort services.
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If it is too good to be true........
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l69norm wrote:
Dec 9th, 2017 10:30 pm
Considering it's mid December, how is it possible that the grass is green and all the trees behind the Acura have green leaves still?

The scam usually works like this:

Seller: I had to leave the country for (excuse like school, military service, etc.) . I won't be back so I need to get rid of the car fast so I have reduced the price. The car is currently with a broker at a storage depot. The broker will ship the car for free to you. You can test drive it for a day. If you like the car, just pay the broker. If not, the broker will pick it up for free.

Buyer: Sounds good, I don't have to forward any money so there is no risk for me

Broker: The car is being shipped to you for tommorow at 1pm so you can test drive. Delivery has been paid

At 1pm, you get a call from the delivery driver: I can't drop the car because the broker didn't pay all of fee. He's $20 short. If you emt the money by 2pm, I can still drop today, otherwise I have to go to the next delivery and the car will go back to the storage depot.

Buyer calls broker: I'm out of office today, will return tomorrow.

Buyer emails seller: Problem.. I can't get ahold of the broker. I took a day off work for this car.

Seller replies at 1:45 pm: I will reduce the price of car by a further $500 as compensation. Please emt the delivery driver $20.

Buyer rushes to emt driver $20 before 2pm.

Driver: Money received, be at your house by 3pm

No delivery, $20 gone.
Exactly this, except that the amount will be more than just 20$.
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so why can't undercover cops bust these criminals' b@lls?
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People still use Craigslist lol I always hated it and never used it.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Dec 10th, 2017 12:39 pm
so why can't undercover cops bust these criminals' b@lls?
Not really worth it and these scammers are likely not located in Canada.
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Kherani wrote:
Dec 10th, 2017 3:25 pm
Not really worth it and these scammers are likely not located in Canada.
Good point. But if they accept interac EMT they must have used to live here.

Public Education is key to foiling these scams.
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All the posts have been flagged as possibly fraudulent and have been removed. Always use your common sense; If it is too good to be true it likely is. From flooded cars to stolen vehicles to vehicles with some serious mechanical or electrical issues one can come across many of these type of cars. Keep in mind that also when using your cell phone the numbers are collected and sold off for future exploits. Walk away and smile.
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I once sold a tractor on kijiji and a person asked if I was trying to scam them, I said no and why do you think this way? Turns out someone had taken the picture from my kijiji ad and placed a different ad on a different site for way less money. Obviously a scammer. Kind of weird feeling when you find out something you own is being used by scammer to do illegal things...
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gh05t wrote:
Dec 9th, 2017 9:11 pm
What's with the unusually low prices for these cars on Craigslist?
Trolls? Mistake with KMs and price when you meet in person?
Flood cars from USA?
These and many more.

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/cto/d ... 77603.html

https://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/cto/d ... 09214.html
Literally all scams. With those prices assume it's a scam until proven otherwise and you'll do well shopping on Kijiji and CL.

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