Drive away from fraud: recognize, reject and report

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Don’t let yourself or someone you know fall for fraud! Keep this information in mind before you shop for your next vehicle:


Recognize: Before buying a vehicle be sure to research, ask questions and weigh the risks. If you choose to buy used you will want to take a few extra precautions first including:

  • Confirm the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) by reading it directly off the vehicle itself.
  • Get a vehicle history report: A vehicle history report can reveal a lot about a vehicle’s past including past use, accident history, service records, odometer reading and various other information.
  • Ask an automotive service technician at a licensed repair shop to inspect the vehicle.

Remember, if the seller is anxious to make a sale, is refusing a test drive or inspection and the vehicle registration not in the seller’s name you could be dealing with a curber a.k.a an illegal, unlicensed business.

You can search AMVIC’s online database to verify if a business and its salespeople are properly licensed and registered with AMVIC.

Reject: Never give a private seller personal or banking information. Just because the seller is in a hurry doesn’t mean you have to be. If it doesn’t feel right, be prepared to walk away – there will be other vehicles.

Report: 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

You can also turn to AMVIC if you have a question or concern about a licensed automotive business in Alberta.

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.

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