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Cuomo Issues Alert To Online Car Buyers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an alert today to consumers when buying a vehicle online.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an alert today to consumers when buying a vehicle online. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an alert to consumers when buying a vehicle online due to an increase in the number of complaints about online used car scams received by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a statement released by Cuomo.

Each year, investigators recover as much as $1.5 million in stolen vehicles and parts purchased online.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Cuomo. “Many of the protections afforded to consumers who buy from licensed dealers do not apply to private sales, making the Internet a target-rich environment for fraudsters. I advise all New Yorkers to know the facts and thoroughly research what you’re about to purchase in order to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.”

Click here to read precautions New Yorkers can take to protect themselves against scammers.

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