Planning on buying a car through the internet? The Federal Trade Commission said on Monday consumers need to take precautions in order not to be scammed.
According to the FTC, scammers are trying to sell cars that they don't have or own.
In February, the Justice Department announced the indictment of 20 suspects involved in an online car sales scheme. Nearly 600 were victimized by the scheme, resulting in the loss of millions of US dollars.
The scam involves criminals posting advertisements for inexpensive used cars - cars they don't own - on websites. The scammers will then issue an invoice, requesting payments through payment methods that cannot be traced such as gift cards. The FTC says if you call the number listed on the invoice, you'll get a person pretending to work for a site such as eBay Motors.
Here are some tips from the FTC to protect yourself from becoming scammed.