How the scam works:
You are in a parking lot and are just getting out of your vehicle when a white van pulls up next to you. Inside are a couple of young guys in uniforms who seem to be in a hurry.
They tell you they have a high-end TV and other expensive equipment that they need to get rid of. They say somebody made a mistake on an order and they ended up with the extra equipment.
They talk so fast you don't have time to think, but all you know is you want that TV. You haggle like you've never haggled before, eventually talking them down from $1500 to $250.
You think it's a great deal (even if it is hot merchandise) so you hand over the cash and they go on their merry way. You take the TV home, plug it in and turn it on. That's when your smile starts to fade. Turns out the products are of extremely low quality. Scammers often obtain them for $30-$40 from a local distributor or return centre. Now you're stuck with a faulty television and you have to explain the lost money to your wife.
How to avoid:
This one's simple - never buy anything from a parking lot, especially electronics. You can find some great deals online, but if you do get a great deal in a parking lot, it's probably stolen - and you could get in trouble or have the goods repossessed.
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