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Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

This news story was published on December 22, 2015.
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scam-alertAMES – Police in Ames are warning of an auto dealership with a website that is attempting to sell cars – but the business doesn’t actually exist.

According to the Ames police department, there is a “fake dealership” called “Benson Motors” with a website that nearly suckered a California man.

Calling the near-deal a “really dirty trick” and a “scam”, police said they “received a call from a man on the west coast who was about to wire $70,000 to ‘Benson Motors’ to purchase two vehicles that are a really good deal. We explained Benson Motors has been out of business for many years. He directed us to a website that looks very real, but it is not.”

The website appears to be located here:

Ames police say they “also got a call yesterday from an agency in Minnesota working a similar case.”

Apparently, when police call “Benson Motors”, no one answers the phone.

“It is likely the SCAMMERS are not even in the United States,” the Ames police department warned, and reminded citizens that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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3 Responses to Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    What’s the difference -buy here pay here 24 to 36% interest – you pay double for the car.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Heck this happens on craigslist everyday – about 500 unlicensed dealers in the 3 county area alone.

  3. Frank Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Visiting that website is not advised.