Friday, December 15, 2017
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017
 

Don’t be scammed by a “Service member” selling any vehicle


From Army CID
Criminal Investigation Command

CID has been receiving complaints from citizens worldwide that they have been the victims of several types of scams (romance, vehicle), again, where a cyber crook is impersonating a U.S. Service member.

One version usually involves the sale of a vehicle (ATV, RV, car, motorcycle, etc.); where the Service member claims to be living or moving overseas and has to quickly sell their vehicle because they are being sent to another duty station.  Fort Belvoir has no ‘logistics department’ that will store or transport anyone’s privately owned vehicle.

After sending bogus information about the vehicle, the seller requests the buyer do a wire transfer to a third party to complete the purchase.

In reality, the entire exchange is a ruse for the crook to get the wire transfer and leave the buyer high and dry, with no vehicle.

If you think you’ve been scammed, we suggest you contact your local police department and file a claim with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center through: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.



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