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Continued: Online auto scams snaring buyers

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 13, 2013 - 8:30 PM

“When you put up a website, you sort of exist in this regulatory no man’s land,” Farr said. “It’s kind of the perfect place to be.”

In the latest case, the company that registered the domain name is in China.

Farr said that in one case, a man in Ohio looking for a classic car from one of the online dealers with a fake address in Rochester, Minn., had the “dumb luck” to have relatives in Rochester that he planned to visit.

The man told someone from the company that he’d like to swing by the dealership and take a look at the car, and the representative said he was welcome to come by. When the man showed up and knocked on doors, no one knew what he was talking about, Farr said.

 

Jennifer Bjorhus • 612-673-4683

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