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Scammers Using Military Credibility


A family was almost out $2,000 for a used car. They told 11 News, a woman claiming to be a sergeant in the US Army was going to sell them a great car at a great price.

Susan Lake told us, everything about the deal looked real, and official. Her husband, however, was a little suspicious. When Lake started digging around, she found out, it was in fact a scam.

Lake told us her family has recently been on the hunt for a new family car. When she came across an ad on Craigslist for a 2003 VW Beetle, being sold for just under $2,000, she immediately contacted the seller, claiming to be a sergeant.

Lake said the woman claimed the car was in Arizona and she was deployed in Greece- which is why she was selling it so cheap.

"(The seller) mentioned this Military Autobuying Program and she said basically, it's a service that she pays for or is involved in, where they help service people buy and sell vehicles," Lake said.

The alleged company sent her an invoice, but asked that the payment be made through with a Money Gram.

Lake too became suspicious and found the real Military Advantage Program and they told her, this was in fact, a scam.

"You're kind of frustrated you feel embarrassed and stupid at the same time and you just kind of are disappointed because everybody wants that great deal," Lake said.

She told us, she still might use Craigslist while searching for a car, but plans to be more careful about the ads and who she's talking to.

"Even though people may say they have this program, if it sounds too good to be true, it definitely always is," Lake said.

11 News has been in touch with the actual military program. They told us this is a scam that has been going around since February 8, they know about it and have also contacted Craigslist to help pull the ads as well.


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