Yes it is a scam. Many times a scammer will pirate a listing from a reputable site and it will look like the perfect car listing with a unrealistic low price. The listing will then include a hard luck story why they need to sell it so cheaply and very quickly. Here is a typical listing that is a scam.
Last month in Good Guys there was a classified #5113 for a 1970 Ford Ranger XLT resto-rod pick up listed for $1,920.00. After sending off an email the advertiser took weeks to get back to me. She apologized for not getting right back to me and that she was selling her son’s truck who passed away 2 months ago and at this point just wanted it gone. I received another link to the photo’s with instructions to go through AOL Autos since they had the truck and signed title in their warehouse located in Montumery, AL.
The seller then sent me payment instructions and once paid I would have the truck in about 48 hours. I was also told I had 7 days to decide whether I wanted the truck or not and the shipping would be free since the last buyer paid for the shipping but not the truck. If I didn’t like the truck she was willing to pay the shipping back.
When I asked if it was OK to call her she emailed me back she was out of the US and that’s why AOL autos was handling the sale.
There are several red flags with this transaction. The deal is to good to be true, multiple spelling errors that I corrected for this post, and no phone number to speak with her.
For your protection type in the VIN number to determine what other sites the car is listed on. This will also confirm the asking price and contact information. At some point ask for a copy of the title along with a copy of their drivers license.