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Can you buy used cars on Amazon?

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Amazon.com does not sell used cars through its website. As of April 2015, consumers should be wary of a scam that tries to dupe potential buyers into paying for a used car through a fraudulent Amazon Payments service.

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In 2011 and 2012, multiple reports surfaced about a scam involving an Amazon Payments website. The fraudulent service offered to aid the transaction between the buyer and the seller.

According to one news story, a man lost $30,000 after submitting payment for a Porsche Cayman through an Amazon Payments website. The buyer said he ordered the car through AutoTrader.com but submitted payment through Amazon Payments. The FBI confirmed that the service was a Romania-based scam that targeted buyers of upscale automobiles.

Authorities advise consumers to be wary of sellers directing them through a pay site. Since the scam is a crime at the federal level, state and local authorities are unable to help consumers retrieve their money through a refund.

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