Scammers are using a fake company name to lure victims into depositing $1,000 or more for used cars. The scammers are using the name “Dewitt Guam Car Mover’s and Escrow Service” and other fake names similar to the names of other local businesses. The scammers are using classified advertisement sites, such as Craigslist, to post fake used car listings.
DeWitt Guam does not sell used cars online.
Here are some tips from the FTC that can help you avoid fraud:
- Do online searches. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
- Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
- Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.
- Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.
Visit the FTC website to read more tips on avoiding fraud and download 10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud.
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