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Victim Location 27508
Total money lost $2,519.75
Type of a scam Other

This scam is a variation of the "Google Wallet Purchase Scam" alert issued by BBB in 2014.

A 2008 Honda Accord was offered for sale in the local newspaper, well under the expected market value. An exchange of e-mails ensued, including a false link to a CARFAX report (although the car VIN is real (from a more recent VIN search). A false diagram of a Google Wallet process which would be the intermediary to hold the money until the car was delivered and the buyer agreed to release the money. A false website describing Instructions and Questions and a false Google Wallet Invoice were all used and were very convincing and the sites are still active. Apparently, false use of Google names and logos were used.

In reality, Google does not offer this service. In addition, Pay Pal My Cash cards and their PINs were required by the false Google Wallet invoice. This allowed the scammer to load the value of the cards ($2500) to their own Pay Pal account. Delivery was promised as was the right to inspect the car for a week or so, after which the buyer would "authorize" Google Wallet to release the funds to the seller. The car was not delivered, the Pay Pal My Cash cards were emptied into an online Pay Pal account within a day and Pay Pal will not divulge the identity of the on-line account owner unless requested to local police officers.

Victim Location 21771
Type of a scam Online Purchase

Person posing as military service member stationed overseas (name: Dean Ackerman) has ad in Frederick News Post for 2008 Honda Accord at $2500 in excellent shape. Responds to emails as newly divorced and trying to get rid of things cheap so wife gets less money. He says he can get the car shipped from Washington State to my zipcode using "military logistics." To complete financial transaction, he offers to go through google wallet or paypal. His understanding of basic military operations gives him away... He said he was in UK, but did not list a base. He said he was training fighter pilots, but I doubt the US military would be doing that. He stopped short of claiming to be a pilot... but he is training pilots??? He claims the car is on an Army base and he can ship to an Army base. If he were military, he would not have specified an army base, he would have said military base. Regardless, the military would not ship his car anywhere in this scenario. He never gave a rank or signed an email with a base/rank or unit... military people do that instinctively. The car pictures showed no license plates despite this being a "quick sell" and him being overseas. (Somehow he managed to take a dozen "glamorous" shots of his vehicle prior to deploying in a grassy field???) I have the email string available because I played it out for a few emails. Ad is still on Frederick News Post classified on line. I hate seeing the US military used as a scam medium.

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