Is this listing a scam?

Here at CarGurus we take fraud seriously. Our dedicated Data Integrity team works hard at catching and removing suspicious content, and we strive to protect our platform from those who want to misuse it. 

We encourage our users to always be alert to any suspicious behavior and to contact us if they feel that something doesn't look right. As a general rule of thumb, trust your gut; awkward language, phrases, and misspellings are possible signs of fraud. 

Other indicators of fraudulent activity:

  • Third-party transactions that reference an "associate" or an "attorney."
  • Prices that are simply too good to be true.
  • Inconsistent listing photo quality (for example, photos of an image on a computer screen), use of only stock photos, or no photos at all.
  • Photos that include an environment that doesn't match the dealer location. For example, you’re unlikely to see palm trees near a dealership in Billings, MT, or snow piles in the lot of a Phoenix, AZ, dealership.
  • Any inquiry about a car that refers to a PayPal, Amazon, eBay, or wire payment.
  • Inquiry responses that claim the seller is currently "out of the country."

Please feel to contact us if you suspect a seller of fraudulent activity. If the listing is being sold privately, you can click on the Report Fraud button below the photos to let us know about any issues you might find suspicious.

Overall, when in doubt, it is best to play it safe!


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