PHOENIX - A good deal is hard to pass up.
It's the reason we clip coupons, wait for sales, and shop on websites like Craigslist.com.
It's also what makes us vulnerable to scammers.
New mom,Heather Riser, found that out after searching for a used car on Craigslist.
"Well I started finding these deals that were amazing," said Riser. This including a 2008 Lexus going for $5000--well below Kelly Blue Book pricing.
She says she messaged two sellers.
"They both said they were in the service, leaving for Afghanistan," said Riser.
And both wanted her to wire money to them, out of state where they were stationed. It was enough for heather to put on the brakes. The decision likely saved her thousands.
It's a patriotic twist on an old scam, that isn't going away. Scammers posting fake items at unbelievable prices and hoping to get you to wire them some cash.
Craigslist says these situations are almost always fraudulent:
-When sellers offer to ship a vehicle to you
-When they demand that you pay by western union or wiring money
--Sob stories about divorces
-Saying they're in the military and being deployed and need to sell fast.
Fortunately Riser recognized the signs and didn't pay.
"I'd rather just go to a private party dealer locally, or even a car dealership and pay a little bit more," said Riser.
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