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United States Automotive Scam Statistics 2020


14% increase in reports
120k reports

7th largest scam category

Source: 2019-20 Consumer Sentinel Report

Automobile and transportation made up between 16% and 17% of American household expenditure in 2019 according to The US Bureau of Statistics. Being both such a significant cost, as well as an essential item for most Americans, it is no surprise that it is the 7th largest category of reports in the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network 2020 Report. According to the data there has not been any growth over the past 3 years, but it remains a significant and established category for scams and fraud. At a state level, Connecticut, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio had the highest % of Automotive fraud reports.

Common scams include fake car advertisements, car warranty scams, car history report scams and payment scams.

Scams Relating to Automotive

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How to Buy a Used Car Safely: Protection From Used Car Scams
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How to Buy a Used Car Safely: Protection From Used Car Scams

Buying a used car from a private seller can save you money, but it can also make you vulnerable to various scams. Protect yourself and your money from used car scams.

OfferUp Car Scams: Red Flags to Look Out For
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OfferUp Car Scams: Red Flags to Look Out For

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eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Scam: Check Before You Buy
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eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Scam: Check Before You Buy

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eBay Motors Scams: See It In Person Before You Buy
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eBay Motors Scams: See It In Person Before You Buy

Don't fall victim to eBay Motors scams. Know the red flags, such as not being able to see the car in person first, a pushy seller, or a strange payment method.

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How to Identify a Fake Email from Your Bank & Protect Yourself

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The "Little Gift" is a Lie! Protect Yourself From Fake Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Texts

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Tinder Code Scam Leads to Monthly Porn Subscriptions

The Tinder safe dating scam tricks users into giving up their credit card info to verify their profiles and leads to auto-enrollment in monthly subscription-based porn sites.

Recognize Fake Bank Reps Calling to Steal Your Information
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Recognize Fake Bank Reps Calling to Steal Your Information

A call from your bank isn't always legitimate—imposters pretend to represent your bank to steal your information and money.

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7-Step Checklist to Ensure You're Getting the Best Price on a New Car
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You don't buy a new car that often, so how do you know if you're getting ripped off? Follow these tips to ensure you're not overpaying for a new car.

4 Things You Should Be Doing At the Gas Pump: Protect Your Money
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4 Things You Should Be Doing At the Gas Pump: Protect Your Money

Pumping gas can seem like a basic task—a simple necessity that you need to do every week. What you may not be aware of is gas pumps are a prime target for scammers.

How to Report a Scam Website and Why It's Important

How to Report a Scam Website and Why It's Important

With more than 2 million fake websites online, it's important to report any you come across to help the authorities shut them down and protect others from falling for scams.

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N.J. Man Pleads Guilty to SIM Swapping Conspiracy Stealing Over $500k From Victims
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Student Loan Scammers Arrested After Stealing $6.1 Million
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FBI Warns Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Could Lead to Prison Time
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Taking a chance on a fake COVID-19 vaccination card seems like an easy way to get around requirements, but think again before you land yourself in prison.

Beware of this New Scam Involving A Fake Call from CBP
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Sometimes it just safer not to pick up calls from unknown phone numbers.

Nike Teams Up with U.S. Customs to Stop Counterfeiters
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