Fraud Prevention Month: how to spot curbers to protect yourself

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AMVIC has once again joined the Competition Bureau’s Fraud Prevention Month campaign, working to educate consumers and industry on how to recognize, reject and report fraud. Purchasing a used vehicle from an unlicensed seller in Alberta can have serious repercussions, should something go wrong after the sale is complete. Make sure that you understand the difference between a private seller and a curber using the below information.

What is a curber?

  • Curbers are illegal, unlicensed vehicle sellers.
  • Curbers will often pose as private sellers, when in fact they sell vehicles for profit, as a business.
  • Curbers often sell vehicles that have hidden damage, have tampered odometers or mechanical issues.

How to spot a curber:

  • Curbers will often pressure you into purchasing the vehicle quickly, without much questioning.
  • The seller may claim that they are selling for a family member or friend, in an attempt to explain why their name is not on the vehicle registration.
  • Curbers may have multiple listings on marketplace websites. Private sellers normally only have one listing. Make sure that the details on the vehicle’s documents match up with the details of the vehicle itself. For example, does the name on the registration match the seller’s ID?
  • Do a free check on AMVIC Online to see if they are a registered salesperson selling from a licensed business.

What should you do if you suspect that you are dealing with a curber?

If you suspect you are dealing with a curber, walk away from the vehicle sale and contact AMVIC by filing a complaint on AMVIC Online. Go to for more information on filing a consumer complaint. Join the conversation online: follow AMVIC and #FPM2022 on Twitter and Facebook or visit for more information.