NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Better Business Bureau is warning buyers of a scam involving used car sales.
They say more people are shopping online because of the pandemic, but they warn that scammers are posting fake ads for used cars.READ MORE: New York's COVID State Of Emergency Set To Expire Thursday
Vehicles are priced low and buyers are told it has to sell fast and that the car will be delivered after sending money to a third-party account.READ MORE: 'Diaphragm Law' Banning NYPD Officers From Applying Pressure To Suspect's Torso Struck Down
“Every day, Better Business Bureaus are hearing from people who found a car or other vehicle online, sent money for the car and were just ripped off. Car didn’t exist. They never got it. It was simply a fraud,” said Steve Baker, a BBB investigation specialist.MORE NEWS: Stamford Police Searching For Driver In Hit-Run That Left Victim Critically Injured
Officials say the third-party escrow companies usually are non-existent and the money goes right to the scammer.