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Just like every part of the internet, the world of buying and selling cars can attract fraudsters. So you don't get taken in read this information and learn how to stay safe online, how to spot a scam and the warning signs to look out for.

Buying a vehicle can be a safe and straightforward process, as long as you take these few simple steps to protect yourself.

Avoiding scams

If a vehicle is offered at a much cheaper price, ask yourself why. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Make sure the seller has a valid address and telephone number - be wary of mobile phone numbers, always visit the seller at home and never buy without seeing and driving the vehicle first
  • Be wary of buyers wanting to buy the vehicle without seeing it, requesting upfront shipment payments or private information, a false sense of urgency or unnecessary details - it could be a vehicle export scam
  • Never wire money abroad as it is often a fraudulent seller

Protect your PC

  • Ensure security software is up-to-date, including anti-virus protection, anti-spyware software and a firewall
  • Set a secure password for your wi-fi connection using a combination of letters and numbers
  • Block spam emails and use an up-to-date web browser
  • Encrypt your wireless network to protect against eavesdroppers and freeloaders

Protect your identity and privacy

  • Avoid identity theft by using an up-to-date web browser and blocking bogus emails with a spam filter
  • Use a secure password, with a mix of words, letters, numbers and punctuation, and avoid using names of loved ones or other easy-to-guess passwords
  • Be careful about the personal information you give away online (such as on blogs and social networking sites)

What to do if you think you're a victim

If you think you've been targeted by a fraudster, contact Carzone.ie immediately by emailing [email protected] or calling 01 4490 650.