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NRVIA alerts RV sellers to potential sales scam

NRVIA alerts RV sellers to potential sales scam

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — The National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA) is committed to providing a professional and successful RV inspection experience for all and its members strive for excellence in thorough inspections as well as the quality reports generated for their clients, the company announced today.

Part of that responsibility is to pick up on clues of possible scams or misrepresented RV sales. NRVIA does this through many avenues such as verifying vehicle identification numbers, checking data plates, comparing the online ads to the RV’s current conditions, and by sharing news of online predators.

Within the last few months NRVIA has had several calls from RV sellers who had received emails from a buyer who was interested in purchasing the RV for sale listed by the seller on an online listing site. The below details were used in each scam attempt and the sellers were advised by NRVIA to report the potential scam to the online listing site personnel for immediate action to block the scammer.

  • The buyer stated he could not talk by phone due to a hearing loss and therefore was only available by email.
  • The buyer expressed an immediate need to purchase the RV for sale — a motorhome in all the cases NRVIA is aware of — and did not try to negotiate a better price or request any documents from seller.
  • The buyer stated he had acquired the services of an NRVIA Certified RV Inspector and planned to have the unit inspected, but did not share contact information regarding the inspector, nor a date of when the inspection was to take place.
  • The buyer requested bank account information from the seller so the buyer could transfer a deposit for the unit. The seller refused to provide that information.
  • So, the buyer stated he or she had the bank mail a cashier’s check to the seller in a very large amount that was not set by the seller. Later the buyer says he is frustrated because the bank sent too much money in the cashier’s check, so the buyer tells the seller to cash the check and pay the inspector directly for the inspection, which was $1,200. But, an inspector never shows up.

“Although we understand there can be real clients and safe transactions that happen entirely through email, it is our desire to educate our inspectors to prepare them for possible scams and teach them how they can take steps to protect their business reputation and all parties involved in the transaction,” said Stephanie Henson, NRVIA director of administration. “We share with the sellers that they are welcome to call NRVIA to verify the active status and listing for an RV inspector at any time.”

For more information about NRVIA, visit www.nrvia.org or call 855.472.9948.

SOURCE: National RV Inspectors Association press release

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