Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Boise Auto Dealer 'Carjacked' By Website Scam

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

A Boise auto dealer was the apparent victim of a so-called "spoofing scam" run by an overseas scam artist who pretended to own the dealership.

Owners of the Maverick used car company on Fairview Avenue say they became instantly suspicious when they received a call from a man who said that he was ready to place $25,000 down for a vintage automobile. But the dealer had no idea what the customer was talking about.

According to the Better Business Bureau, Maverick Car Company was the victim of a scam artist who had taken the name of the dealership, set up a fake website and posted pictures of cars to convince potential victims to wire money. The website claimed to have great deals on prestigious and upper-class models.

"This isn't the first time we've seen a scam artist take the name of a legitimate dealer," said BBB of Idaho CEO Dale Dixon. "The real auto dealers must stay vigilant to be sure their name is not misused online."

The BBB said the fake website address was registered to a man in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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