Drive away from fraud: 2 good 2 be true

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

It’s Fraud Prevention Month and AMVIC is sharing tips to help you recognize, reject and report fraud every week throughout March. This week it’s all about deals that seem too good to be true.


Perhaps it’s a rock-bottom price? Maybe it’s a rare model? A number of curbers a.k.a illegal, unlicensed automotive businesses, target automotive shoppers by advertising products or deals that seem too good to be true and too often they are.

Curbers typically sell vehicles that are damaged, odometer-tampered and possibly even stolen to unsuspecting buyers. So next time you see a low-cost, low-kilometer vehicle for sale, be cautious because it could be a sign of odometer fraud.

Excited shoppers who do not want to miss out on the “deal” can be quick to pay cash, wire money or send it online. Unfortunately, sometimes the vehicle does not exist, or it is not as promised.

Remember, if the deal does not feel right:

  • be skeptical,
  • ask questions
  • and don’t be afraid to walk away.

If you suspect a curber or think you might be the victim of curbing, contact AMVIC right away. You can call AMVIC toll free at 1-877-979-8100 or file a complaint online.

In next week’s bulletin we will give more tips on how identify the signs you may be dealing with a curber. Stay tuned!

AMVIC has joined the Competition Bureau’s Fraud Prevention Forum partners in committing to raising awareness on fraud and educating consumers on how to recognize, reject and report fraud.

Every week this month, AMVIC will be exploring different topics on fraud and sharing what to watch out for so that you, your friends and family can avoid becoming victims of fraud.

Join the conversation online: Follow AMVIC and #FPM2017 on Twitter and Facebook for more tips from Alberta’s automotive regulator and other Fraud Prevention Forum partners.

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