Excellent observation. I used 'may' because on Friday I was feeling much more optimistic that it could be a 'may'. However, today it has morphed into 'is'.@LNGBRD,
Given that the car is purportedly from Langley, WA and is said to reside in FL, ask yourself why the seller blanked out California plates. I would go into Monday stating explicitly that this is a scam, not that it ‘may’ be a scam. I wouldn’t cancel the deal with the seller, I would see if you can stop payment at the bank. Next, see who you can reach out to with help on wire fraud.
These scams are all based on the same premise, founded on the owner being away from the car. If the car is for sale on a legitimate platform, it will likely get posted here. Very few slip through the eyes of enthusiasts. I would limit my North American search to:An interesting side note is I was looking a another car before this one and it too was an out of state (Minnesota) car. The seller was/is a lady who was working in Europe for a telecom company and she handling the sale in the same fashion. She had a transfer agent selected and money managed escrow Ed the same way, although a different company. It was a 70, 2800 CS.
Add the Cars for Sale from this forum.These scams are all based on the same premise, founded on the owner being away from the car. If the car is for sale on a legitimate platform, it will likely get posted here. Very few slip through the eyes of enthusiasts. I would limit my North American search to:
I’m missing a few, but you get the idea. You aren’t getting the leg up by finding listings on no-name classified sites.
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2240904 is definitely a valid VIN, but I presume that you don’t have pics of it in all three locations. Time will tell if it is a factory Polaris car. I have an inquiry in, but BMW is behind on responses due to the pandemic (per their auto response). I believe that they rifle through paper records so we may not hear back for weeks.Is this a good or bad thing? Does it imply 2240904 is legit? I guess it could be an still be a scam.
So pleased to serve the other "rookies". I've purchased several vehicles from the internet and must have been "dumb-lucky" in the past.If you don't mind me asking, can you go over step by step from the beginning how this "transaction" happened? Where you found it, how you contacted the seller, how they contacted you back, how much they required for deposit, which company is holding the money, time frames, etc, etc? I got confused right away when it was suppose to be in Miami (shipping problems) but later said to be in WA.
Doing this may or may not help you get your money back (I think you've been taken), but it may certainly help someone else in the future. Others learning from your mistake maybe. Scams are happening all over the internet more and more and they're getting a LOT more sophisticated. You are definitely not the only one.