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This is a very popular car scam. Craigslist is overrun with them and has many warnings about them on their site.First of all, eBay is just an auction venue. The only way you can buy an eBay product is to bid on it and win it on eBay. You can't buy something through Craigslist and utilize any of eBay's services. eBay services, such as they are, are only available to those who shop on eBay.The only reason your "seller" is mentioning eBay at all is to use the name of a reliable company in order to make her fraud sound legitimate. Don't fall for it.Here's how the car scam works:You see a desirable vehicle in an online advertisement on Craigslist or some other advertising site or online auction. The cost of it is way below its book value. The seller is typically either out of your area of the country or advertising it from abroad. He can't let you see and inspect the vehicle, nor will he allow agent of yours to come see it on your behalf. Typically, he will say that he's in the military and about to be deployed or have some other excuse for letting it go for a song. But whatever the excuse, there is no possible way you or your agent can come and inspect what you are looking to buyBut don't worry, he assures you. The Bobcat is just great and you will be able to have 5 days to inspect it during which time you can send it back. Meanwhile, your money will be held by an eBay agent , while you look it over. If you decide to get the vehicle, he tells you that eBay will then release your money to the seller. He may even "throw in" the cost of shipping and insurance, to sweeten the deal because he is in such a hurry.You'll get an email or call from "eBay" providing you with payment instructions. That will usually involve a wire transfer using Western Union or MoneyGram or a money pak card payment to go to the so-called eBay agent. Then you sit back to wait for the Bobcat. By the time you figure out that it's never going to arrive, your "seller"and the "eBay agent" have disappeared without a trace and your money along with him. You try to find him, but none of the information you got turns out to be true. You contact eBay and they don't know what you're talking about.Again, the real eBay never acts as an escrow service to hold goods or money for a buyer or seller. eBay protection extends only to what goods you actually purchased in an eBay auction or fixed price listing.Here is an FBI warning about these scams.Walk away from the deal. Have no further contact with the "seller." Report the fraud to Craigslist and to the FBI at IC3.gov and the Federal Trade Commission at fTC.gov
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