I know there are car selling scams. Are there car buying scams? Is this a scam?
My daughter-in-law is selling this
car. The car is in Los Angeles.
A man in Seattle contacted her and offered $4500. She said she wouldn't hold the car for him because she wanted to sell it over this last weekend but that didn't happen. He called her today and asked if the car was sold and she said no. He said he would like to find a flight and buy the car tonight. He said he would pay cash.
She called me for advice. I suggested calling the Auto Club and the local police for information on how to make sure this wasn't a scam. I even suggested meeting him in the parking lot of the police station if at all. Two very red flags:
1. I asked if he had a Nigerian accent (no flames please). She said he had an accent and it might be Nigerian (no flames again please!) and he also told her that he was buying his first car.
2. He has asked no questions about the car. None.
Fast forward to: She says she and my son are picking this guy up at LAX tonight at 8:15!
If it looks like a scam, and smells like a scam, it's a scam. Right? But how? What am I missing?