Consumers in Connecticut are being cautioned to be aware of a new uptick in online car purchasing scams after multiple complaints were levied by would-be buyers who wired money to fraudsters.
The Better Business Bureau issued an alert advising of new scams that have arisen as the demand for used cars in Connecticut has spiked, leading to acts of fraud across the state.
According to officials, scammers have been listing used cars for sale through sponsored ads and through social media.
Victims have then been told to wire money for the vehicle to a shipping or escrow company, while the scammers allege that they will keep the payment safe for at least five days to ensure the buyer are satisfied with the purchase.
Instead, the fraudsters made off with the wired money, officials said.
A second similar scam involves victims being targeted after sellers allege that a family member died recently and is “trying…