Posted at: 07/22/2013 9:49 PM
Updated at: 07/22/2013 10:14 PM
By: Steph Crock
Online Auto Dealer Being Called a Scam
(ABC 6 News) -- A car dealership says they're located in Rochester, but it could be one big online scam. The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about an online auto sales scam.
The website, is called “AMZ Suretry Service, Inc.” and they claim to have an address here in Rochester.
After chatting with the realtor who represents that property, he says there is not, and has never been a car dealership there. This website says differently.
If you map it out, you'll find yourself at a multi-unit building with 4 business, but with no dealership, just another space open for lease.
"We've seen some fake auto dealer websites in recent months and we suspected right away there might be a problem, and come quick, investigators revealed yeah there is a problem here because the company is not at the address they claim in Rochester," said Dan Hendrickson with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The realtor who represents the property knew something was up when someone called inquiring about a car.
"He pointed me to a website that had the address of our listing and a phone number that went to his cell phone number, and it had nothing to do with any of the businesses in this space and we represent the space for a landlord," said Bucky Beeman with Reality Growth Incorporated.
Normally something this suspicious would be shut down immediately but who's ever behind it, seems to have taken some unusual steps to hide their tracks. "The company or entity, or what have you, seems to have registered with the Secretary of State here in Minnesota which is what legitimate companies do, so there's a hold up on the websites end, but ultimately I believe this website will come down very soon," said Hendrickson.
“Whoever is advertising this as a car dealership will be notified or have to quickly take down their add because they'll be caught," said Beeman.
We're told only one person out of California actually lost money on a car. They sent roughly $20,000 to the company.
The Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers that it’s important to always make sure a company is legitimate, like in this case, by looking up the address before you send any money.