Multiple States Warn of Uptick in Heavy Equipment Sales Scams

By Jordanne Waldschmidt – Equipment World Better Business Bureau officials in Alabama have issued a warning about too-good-to-be-true deals on used heavy equipment. The scam has been cropping up for the past six to eight months but in the past six weeks alone, Alabama victims have deposited approximately $2 million to $3 million into the hands of criminals, Carl Bates, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central and South Alabama (BBB CSAL), told AI.com. Buyers in Minnesota, New York, Utah and Washington have also fallen victim to similar schemes. The BBB says the scammers use the names of legitimate or recently dissolved businesses to advertise used equipment such as skid steers, tractors, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment. Fake websites, Craigslist ads and Facebook Marketplace posts show photographs of equipment lifted from other sites, and buyers are occasionally provided with falsified licenses, tax identification information and warranties, according to the report. To add legitimacy, the scammers share false positive reviews online, use real estate photos of the property and post photos of unrelated people as the staff for their ‘business,’ the BBB says. READ FULL ARTICLE >>