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How To Avoid Scams And Fraud When Shopping For A Diesel Truck Online

Please report any scam attempts or suspected fraudulent listings to us immediately by emailing us at admin(at)dieseltraderonline.com - or you can go to our flagging page to notify us as well.  We appreciate your help fighting these criminals!

These tips are taken directly from the biggest free classified ad site in the world that deals with fraudulent transactions on a daily basis - craigslist.org.  Rather than try and re-write the entire guide, we decided to take it directly from the most experienced source and modify it for our users.  If you would like to read the actual page it was taken from on the craigslist site, please follow this link - www.craigslist.org/about/scams

Courtesy of www.craigslist.org and modified for the DieselTraderOnline.com users-

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:

  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on DieselTraderOnline.com.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • DIESELTRADERONLINE.COM IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)


Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on DieselTraderOnline.com may be part of a scam, please email the details to "admin(at)dieseltraderonline.com". Be sure to include the URL of the ad in your message.


Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

  • inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
  • inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction


Examples of Scams

1. Someone claims that DieselTraderonline.com will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that DTO will handle or provide protection for a payment.

  • These claims are fraudulent, as DTO does not have any role in any transaction.
  • Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to come from DTO, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!

2. distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check

  • you receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your truck sight unseen.
  • cashier's check is offered for the sale of your truck...
  • value of cashier's check often far exceeds the value of your truck - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
  • banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
  • scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)

3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

  • Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
  • Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
  • Truck listing may be local, but owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money to them abroad
  • Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low... etc

4. distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:

  • this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE
  • sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
  • scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
  • deal often seems too good to be true

5. distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.

  • most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
  • for more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud"

6. distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship the truck

  • he says he trusts you with the partial payment
  • he may say he has already shipped the truck
  • deal often sounds too good to be true


Actual scam emails sent to craigslist users - (DTO users may see some of these same emails):


I am selling this car because my platoon has been sent back to Afganistan and don't want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before November 16th. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident...I do have the title , clear, under my name. The Denali has 35,000 miles VIN# 1GKEK63U16J138428 .
It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $4,300. The car is in Baltimore, MD, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.




First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell it at this price($2,980.00 ) because I have been divorced recently. Now the car is in my property and as a woman i don't need it. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.

From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20,000.00 The final price that I want for this car is $2,980.00 including shipping and handling.

If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.

I will wait your answer very soon.



> Thanks for your mail,Since the cost of your bike is $800 i just contacted
my client about the cost of your bike and it present condition and he said
there is no problem about that.So my client said he will be issuing you a
Certified Check of $4000 while you wire 3000 to me through Western Union
Money Trasfer and you deduct the cost of your bike $800 and keep the
remaining $200 which my client said you should take for the terms of
Transaction and Agreement between you and my client.So i will like you to
send me your full contact information to where my client will be sending you
> the Certified Check like this:
> name.........
> full address.............
> city...............
> state.............
> country..........
> zipcode............
> cell/office/home phone number.......................
> I will look forward to the requested information as soon as  possible so
that the check can be sent out to you immediately  And do get back to me
with the Pics of the bike so tha! t my client will  be Able to see What he
is paying off.Get back to me immediately. Looking torwards your
> respond,
> Best Regards.


Please be aware that we at DieselTraderOnline.com are trying to fight this battle as best we can but some fraudulent ads always seem to slip through the cracks.  We need your help by notifying us of any suspicious ads.  It's better to be safe than sorry.

Thank you for your trust in us and your help.


Best Regards,

DieselTraderOnline.com Administration




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