Scammers will pose as genuine sellers and post fake ads on classifieds websites.
When you show interest in the item, the scammer may claim that they are travelling or have moved overseas and that an agent will deliver the goods following receipt of payment. Following payment you may receive a fake email receipt claiming to be from the website’s secure payment provider, however, you won’t receive the goods and will not be able to contact the seller.
If you are advertising your items for sale through print and online classifieds, beware of scammers posing as genuine buyers. Scammers may make up stories such as needing your help to pay an agent or third party for upfront costs like transportation or insurance. They may promise you reimbursement for these costs.
Text Message Fraud
Carsguide.com.au encourages you to take precautionary measures when responding to possible buyers and any text message requests for personal details such as email. We encourage you to not respond via email to interested parties as this is a common fraud practice. Please Note:Carsguide.com.au will not contact you via SMS at any stage other than during step one of creating your car advertisement. This text will only ever include a verify code to enter during step one of uploading your car details. Carsguide.com.au will never request you to do this more than once.
Money to post advertisements
Carsguide has become aware that scammers have started offering people money to post multiple Ads on the site. If you have responded to a job offer like this recently please contact us. Any abuse of the website will be reported to the police.
If you see or experience anything which may be suspicious, please either contact us or, if it relates to an advertised vehicle, click on report the ad.
For more information on any of these scams, please refer to www.scamwatch.gov.au