Online scams routinely target Ontario car buyers through fake ads found on popular websites such as Kijiji, AutoTRADER, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
Ads appear to be placed by private sellers, but when the car buyer contacts them they’re told:
The problem is, the seller or dealer and vehicles aren’t real. Scammers can go to great lengths to deceive car buyers by creating professional looking dealer websites with extensive inventory and customer testimonials.
When purchasing a motor vehicle in Ontario, you are only protected by Ontario’s consumer protection laws, when you buy from an OMVIC-registered dealer. Also, unfortunately, investigations and prosecutions related to online scams are quite difficult to conduct.
To avoid falling victim to an online car-buying scam – consider the following: