Avoid this fraudulent used car website

May 7, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.

Authorities warn online automotive shoppers to steer clear of www.A1UsedCarsInc.com.

The website fraudulently poses as the legitimate site for a Victoria used car dealership. Scam artists, for example, include on the site the local dealership's address.

"It has our name and our address, but it is not our website," said Jennifer Martin of A1 Used Cars in Victoria. "We were thinking about getting a website, but now we're afraid to."

The used auto dealership received phone calls about the phony site - which attempts to prompt buyers to send cash for so-called auctioned cars - late this week.

Dealership employees alerted local authorities, the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Don't visit the fraudulent site, but if you do, don't send money or provide your contact information, authorities said.

If you learn of other fraudulent sites, the FBI asks you to visit a site of another kind: www.ic3.gov.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center allows you to report phony websites.



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