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Fraud Information Center

Avoid Auto Shipping Scams or Fraud With These Tips


We are seeing an alarming increase in the number of scams. At DAS we are interested in making sure you actually 'get' the vehicle you are purchasing because we want to transport it to you! Scams usually involve one or many of the following characteristics. Here are some tips to help you spot a scam.

The vehicle is priced just under $5,000 even though it is worth much more

When the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Don't take a chance! Scammers can get away with your money because the FBI doesn't investigate and prosecute fraud schemes under $5,000.

The seller tells you the car is stored at a DAS facility

DAS does not store unsold vehicles at any of our locations. It is best for you to see the vehicle for yourself or have someone you trust inspect it for you.

The seller asks you to send payment to an eBay agent, to DAS, or via an untraceable method

EBay does not have employees, agents, or representatives who collect payment on behalf of a seller and DAS does not accept payment for anything but our services directly related to auto transport. Always use a reliable and traceable source when paying for your vehicle.

Tips for spotting and avoiding fraud when you buy a car online


There are a growing number of fraudulent auto shipping websites that are set up to steal money and identities from unsuspecting consumers. Here are several ways to spot them:

  • Fraudulent auto shipping sites often claim that they are associated with DAS is only associated with one partner and that is who provides international car shipping services. Always double check the website site name! If the site looks similar to or but it doesn't have the same URL then it is a fraudulent site. Fraudulent shipping sites often claim they are recommended by eBay, eBay Motors, or Yahoo! Auctions. Ebay publishes the list of recommended carriers so check with eBay first. Try to search for the company name on Google (or other search engine).
  • Fraudulent companies will not generally be in the list. Try to find the company on or the Better Business Bureau. Try to find the date that a domain name was registered. This can often give clues that a site is fraudulent. Many fraudulent sites claim that they have been in operation for several years, but their domain names may have only been registered for a few days or weeks. To determine the date a domain name was registered, you can use the "whois" tool found at most domain name registrars. If a site uses person-to-person money transfers such as Western Union, it is probably fraudulent. Visit Western Union's website to see what they say about fraudulent internet activity.