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Fake ABQ car dealership makes a real steal

Online shopping tools for vehicles have been a boon for both consumers and dealers. The exact trim level or best price can be found with just a little research and an out of the way dealer can draw foot traffic they normally wouldn't see. An ingenious Internet scam out of New Mexico however, serves as a stark reminder that when actually purchasing large ticket items online, buyers beware.

A dummy website, set up to look like a dealership that closed years ago, was taking deposits on vehicles online, according to KRQE. One Canadian couple thought they had found their dream Cadillac Escalade on Alvarez Auto Sale's website. They paid a large deposit on the vehicle and then flew down to Albuquerque to pick it up.

When the couple took a cab ride to the dealership from the airport they found that the address was actually for Outwest Auto Corral. The closed dealership was even still showing up on Google Maps as an open business. The owner of the new dealership wasn't involved in the scheme.

In a 26-hour period thousands of dollars were transferred as 15 more people fell for the same scam involving fake dealer sites.

While doing the homework on buying a new car make sure you do the homework on the dealer as well. The Alvarez Auto Sales site has now been removed from major car shopping sites but when using these sites it's best to use caution with dealerships that are far away or unfamiliar.


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      lol anyone buying an escalade deserves to get scammed. Those big, fancy SUV drivers are mostly the worst on the road. They like to text on their cells phones and their logic for having an insanely big, wasteful vehicle is so that they will be safe if they get in an accident. Well, how nice is that, what about the guy in the smartcar they hit while texting and speeding? Hes dead, but thank God you where in an Escalade, you are safe!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some people are just plain stupid , to buy something such as that ,on the internet , pay for it , without even going to look at it first!! And expect it to be ligit! How stupid !!! That 's what makes the world go round I guess are people that are just plain ignorant and expect sympathy !! Hopefully they learned some commom sense mistakes now , after having done such a dumb thing!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        THEY ARE NOT STUPID tons of people buy car oonline all the time craigslist ,ebay etc they simply got caught on the wrong wed site so all the people that got car online are what them c ome man
      • 1 Year Ago
      I worked for a couple of dealers over the years that had pinocchio noses. Always check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) before doing business with anyone - car dealers or otherwise.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy stupid morons Batman,,,,,,,,,,Crash-Pow-Wham!-
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      I wouldnt count on carfax for everything, It could also be a fraud report, example> We bought a Z-28 camaro that started as a nice car for $8500.00, to you rich people I know that is just a beater so go somewhere else ! anyway, I couldnt figure why the #s didnt match with the engine OR transmission and took forever to find out why, One day I took it to an oil change place and the kid working at the time stood there and stared at the car and finally I said whats up, he said WOW ! nice job ! I said nice job ? he said yea I remember it, we bid on it at an auction but it didnt look nothin like this ! He still had the pic on his phone where it was hit in the front end so hard it sent the engine one way and the car another broken off the transmission. I got my money back on account of that one single pic, I wasnt informed you can dam near replace the whole front end INCLUDING frame rails and pass it as never being in an accident, and last, how I caught it, to think this all started when I noticed improper tread wear on a new set of tires on the front, if the idiots would have just simply aligned the front end properly.......I would have never caught it !
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everything on the internet has to be true.....right?
      • 1 Year Ago
      This kind of scam has been going on in one form or another for centuries. I't's hard to believe people still fall for it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh please- stupid is stupid!!! What a waste of a headline! Don't you writers have anything better to do?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought the Canadians traveled around on Artic Cats & Ski-Doo's why do they need a luxury Vehicle anyway? Heck they could have gotten a nice Morgan Horse in VT and, saved the trip and, some money as well.
        • 1 Year Ago
        you thought wrong.
        • 1 Year Ago
        and with gas there at $1.65/litre ($6.27/US gal), an Escalade would be high on anyone's priority list
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to know the same thing James
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      You mean there are still people out there that send money before they know what they are getting? I can't believe people can be so dumb!!!
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        never blame the victims. focus on the criminals, leaving your compassion for those folks who didn't hurt anyone.
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