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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is warning buyers to beware when purchasing vehicles online. Since December 2016, the Criminal Investigations Division in Austin has investigated 15 cases of vehicles that were purchased online through popular social media sites that were later reported stolen. DPS is investigating each of the cases in attempt to identify the seller and file the appropriate charges.
“If a deal is too good to be true, then you should be concerned that it could be a scam,” says DPS Regional Commander Freeman Martin “Scams are sometimes identified when the vehicle has a low price or a personal history is given as to why the price is low, such as salvage vehicles and vehicles with flood damage.”
Before purchasing a vehicle online, DPS provides the following safety tips: