The Better Business Bureau is putting out a warning about a scheme that is targeting car sellers. BBB has heard from sellers who had their vehicles posted online. They were each contacted by potential buyers, who asked the seller to purchase a vehicle history report at myvinverrification.com. as well as other websites. The buyers insisted that the report come from this specific website. In both cases, once the sellers purchased the $20 vehicle history report, the buyers lost interest in the vehicle and stopped communicating with the seller.

The contact information at myvinverrification.com gives a Kalamazoo address. However, BBB investigators found the address provided is not a business, but is instead a private residence. The homeowners tell the BBB they had never heard of myvinverrification.com until the BBB informed them of the website. The phone number provided on the company website has a Northern Oregon area code. The BBB attempted to contact the company by both phone and email, but were unable to get a response.

An Indiana consumer reported to BBB Scam Tracker last year “ I am selling my car on autotrader.com. I was contacted by someone who said they were interested in my car and wanted to see it the next day. They asked for the VIN report in advance and requested that I specifically buy it from http://car-reporting.net The next day after providing the interested party with the report there was absolutely no response. My text and calls went unanswered and unreturned.”

The BBB recommends the following when trying to sell your car online:

Do your research. Check the business out at bbb.org. Run an online search of the business name with the words “complaints” and “scam” to see what others are saying.

Use a trustworthy business for a history search on your vehicle. Before you post your vehicle for sale, run a vehicle history report and have it available for any potentials buyers.

The BBB encourages consumers to report potential scams to the BBB ScamTracker. These reports allow people to see scams reported in their community, and are tracked by BBB investigators to spot trends such as this one.