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Online Scammer Poses as Dealer

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A Texas car dealership is the victim of an imposter scam that targeted Canadian consumers looking to buy luxury vehicles.
The Better Business Bureau received a tip in February from a Canadian consumer who said a con artist had set up a fake website using a Waco store’s name and was scamming Canadians out of thousands of dollars by promising the sale and delivery of luxury vehicles. According to the tipster, who wished to remain anonymous, he was lured into the scam when he answered an ad selling a 2013 Mercedes Benz on the autotrader.ca website.
As a result, BBB contacted Hillside Auto Sales Inc. and spoke to owner Toby Hill. Hill told BBB he too had received several calls from Canadian consumers.
According to the tipster and Hill, the man posing as Hillside Auto Sales goes by the name of Henry Lopez. BBB asked Hill if his company employed anyone with that name, and Hill said they did not.
Hill also confirmed his dealership does not sell any high-end vehicles.
The tipster told BBB after answering the ad online, Lopez emailed him, claiming to be the dealership’s manager. The email directed the tipster to wire more than $30,000, and the Mercedes would be delivered.
BBB also received two complaints from consumers in Canada alleging similar stories.

Last modified on Friday, 19 May 2017 00:44
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