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Old 10-25-2008   #1 (permalink)
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The new owner made me aware of this ad. Someone is using my old pictures and VIN on Autotrader.

I've already sent an email to Autotrader but was not aware things like this exist.

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I think that is a reason not to post VINs here (or anywhere else)
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Man, that sucks - I've heard of these scams before, but not sure what the point is IF the car has already sold. Running a carfax on your VIN should show the recent title transfer.....

Maybe Fishtail still has some free reports to burn - would be interesting, as I'm under the impression that the updates are pretty much instantaneous after the state files the paperwork.

Not sure that this is a "good" reason not to list a VIN, but it sure shows that scammers are active everywhere!
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Have you called the seller? I'm sure you could ask some good questions about the car LOL

402-330-8210
Here's a little more info on the culprit:
Distance: 7.8 miles
Phillips- Steven W - State Farm Insurance Agent
15623 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68130
Phone: (402) 330-0892 Fax: (402) 330-8210
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Here's a little more info on the culprit:

Distance: 7.8 miles

Phillips- Steven W - State Farm Insurance Agent
15623 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68130
Phone: (402) 330-0892 Fax: (402) 330-8210
NICE JOB! I'm going to call Farmer's Insurance. I'll also give this info to the new buyer. If this really is him, I hope he's fired at the very least.
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BTW,

It's already removed from Autotrader. I wonder if he wised up.
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yep, they already remove the ad.

look like ur ride is too cool to resist
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this happened with my old car, and i had never even listed it for sale. it was listed on a personal site, referenced on an Ebay ad, and also listed on craigslist. (by 3 different people).
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this happened with my old car, and i had never even listed it for sale. it was listed on a personal site, referenced on an Ebay ad, and also listed on craigslist. (by 3 different people).
It makes me wonder what they could possibly hope to accomplish by running the ad. Is it a bait and switch for another car, are they just trying to get calls and then talk to folks about buying another product (like insurance), or what?!?

OR I wonder if someone at Autotrader makes up fake ads just to make it look like they have more product than they actually do, just to get other sellers to advertise. If somone had actually called the original number, they'd have gotten a fax machine...
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bait and switch for the personal add and autotrader. The ebay one was probably a straight scam (ask for deposit before viewer actually sees the car).
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whats the point of showing someone elses' car and vin number and pretening you have the car for sale. . .

My question is,whats the point? anyone who meets the seller or wants to check out the car will see "there is no car" so I do not get the point,why anyone would use someone eleses car pictures and vin number...

U should call the seller and see what he says" just pretend you are interested in buying the car and wanna test drive it haha...
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As i already said, they are doing a bait and switch just to collect a deposit from the poor buyer.
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I didn't understand what is the "VIN" Please teach me. Thank you so much
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The VIN is the "vehicle identification number." It's the discreet number issued to each car, used for registration and title.
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Also, with the VIN you could check some of the car's history. By posting a valid, but incorrect VIN, anyone looking up information would be satisfied that the car is in good order. They might not notice that the car the actually buy has a different VIN.
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As i already said, they are doing a bait and switch just to collect a deposit from the poor buyer.
Yep, believe it or not people actually fall for these scams, they like what they see in the pics and just send a deposit, next thing you know, the seller is nowhere to be found.
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