Serious question here. I saw a car I was interested in learning more about on one of the auto web sites I subscribe to. The picture looked very familiar, which is another reason it piqued my interest.
I wrote to get more pictures, and I received an email telling me that she is a recently divorced woman, and has no use for her ex-husbands car. So she is selling it at an incredible discount.
Then she says she needs my name, address, and phone number, and she will set up a transaction with Google Wallet. I’ve never heard of google wallet, but ok…here’s how she explains how it works. She will send me the car, all documentation, keys, etc. and I will have 15 days to get it checked out, drive it around and decide if I want it. If I do, fine, I tell google wallet and the money is hers. If not, the car gets shipped back to her (across the country, it turns out) at her expense.
Now, before I read any of this, I knew this was a scam because of her broken English writing (which I doubt is anything but someone faking a bad written accent), and a few other things that didn’t seem right.
Before I gave her any info, I decided to see if I could get more information. I asked her for more pics of the car in three successive emails, and finally received them when I gave her a phony name and address. Turns out the car was the same car I saw for sale on eBay about 8 months ago, and the pictures were pulled off the site in the same order I saw them months ago. I still have the pics on my hard drive from before!
So, I want to know what, if anything, I can do about this. There are stupid people out there, and if even one poor sap gets screwed by this person, I would be upset. However, I don’t want to waste my time giving this to the wrong law enforcement agency that may take a report, but will toss it in the trash because they have a billion other more important things to do.
Is there a place I can turn this in, and hopefully have the scammers tracked down?