eBay Scammers Made $3M in Fake Car Sales: FBI

Romanian ringleader now being sought
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 25, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
eBay Scammers Made $3M in Fake Car Sales: FBI
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The FBI has a new wanted man—a 33-year-old Romanian accused of leading a ring of scammers who made $3 million selling non-existent vehicles on sites such as eBay and Cars.com, reports CNN. Nicolae Popescu allegedly found plenty of victims between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say he and his crew set up websites for phony dealerships and sent fake titles to buyers, who would then send payment to US bank accounts controlled by the cyberthieves, reports the BBC. The FBI says it has a recording of Popescu boasting about being beyond the reach of US law in Romania, and they vow to prove him wrong. (Read more eBay stories.)

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