Just as there are scams targeting those who are buying vehicles, particularly online, there are also scammers who set their sights on people who are selling vehicles. A variety of scams exist that target people who are selling vehicles online and elsewhere. You need to do everything that can to help prevent scams but we also want to make sellers aware of common scams so that they too can identify when something seems suspicious.

Vehicle History Report Scammers

Recently, a new scam has come to the attention of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that targets vehicle sellers. In this scam, people who have advertised their car for sale online receive calls or texts from potential buyers who say that they are interested in purchasing the vehicle, but first, want to see the vehicle history report. They request that the seller obtain the report from a website link the interested potential buyer provides. At this website, the seller is asked to enter personal information and pay $20 via credit card for the report. The seller gets the report and sends it to the so-called interested buyer, never hearing from that “buyer” again.

The main clue here that this is a scam is the website link that the so-called buyer provides. If the link ends in .vin, watch out. This site could be a scam designed to obtain your personal and credit card information, which the scammers then use for their own benefit. It might also be for lead generation, in which the scammers sell your information to marketers.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this type of scam is to only obtain a vehicle history report from well-known, reputable sites with which you are familiar. When you sell your vehicle through Trusted Sale, we provide the vehicle report for you, free of charge – so you don’t have to worry one bit about this common scam.

Common Classified Ads Scammers

Another common scam targeting people selling cars occurs on Craigslist and within other classified ad sites (both online and in print).

How can you protect yourself from falling victim to such scammers?

Make sure to speak with the buyer directly prior to meeting them. Don’t let the buyer hide behind text or email. Obtain and research the buyer’s name and contact information on the Internet ahead of time in order to get as much information about them as you can prior to meeting them in person.

If you sell through a trusted site, you can verify the buyer’s identity to ensure that you know exactly who you are meeting with. Also facilitate communication with the buyer and we handle the transaction to ensure that you don’t walk away empty-handed.

Make It A Champion Day!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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