March has been a particular rough month for car scammers — which is good news for their victims.

In Minnesota, a man was sentenced to more than six years in jail for fraud in connection with his car restoration business, Memory Lane Classics.  Between 2007 and 2010 he reportedly swindled car owners out of $1 million dollars in undelivered restorations.  In addition to jail time, he will be forced to pay back his victims.

Read the full story at http://www.startribune.com/local/250800571.html

crashed carIn New York, a man is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of of insurance fraud related to stage car crashes.  Maxo Jean was the head of a team that caused over 30 car crashes and brought in over $150,000 in fraudulent insurance payoffs over four years.  Crews like this have been found operating all over the country. He faces a $250,00 fine and up to 20 years in jail.

You can read more at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/03/new-low-in-insurance-fraud.html

3 Responses to Car Scams in the News

  1. About scams..

    This email was sent to me by a person, Luke Brown, allegedly interested in purchasing my car which was advertised online. There a a few ways the scam works, if you receive a similar response to an advertisement you placed suggest u approach with caution. If u want to see how the scam works you can google it there a few blogs setting out the scam in detail. As usual it is possible it is a genuine purchaser…..but unlikely.
    Was kind of interesting that he could send me lots of emails from his ‘oil rig’ but was unable to call me…..perhaps his satellite server allows the sending of text messages but doesn’t allow telephone calls who knows !.

    from:
    lukebrown75@…

    Hi thanks for mailing back,am ok with the price and the condition,am
    buying it for my holiday,because i’ll be coming soon from our rig as
    am a petroleum project engineer on a rig offshore,i won’t be able to come for
    the inspection due to the nature of my work,i would have love to call
    in person but we have call restriction due to bad weather condition our satellite server has been down.
    i will be paying you through PayPal,pls get back to me with your
    PayPal details so i can proceed with the payment and contact the
    courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in my place.
    Await your reply.
    Luke Brown

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