NORTH TEXAS (CBSFDW.COM) – Everything is for rent these days – jewelry, dresses, watches and even expensive cars. But it is that exact market scam artists are now trying to exploit.
Take for instance Brent Dillon who said he saved up $13,000 to buy a used Toyota Camry advertised on Craigslist. “I’ve worked two jobs trying to get this,” he told CBS news. Turns out that his dream car was stolen — actually a rental from Enterprise, complete with a fake title. But… “The documents look real,” Dillon said.
Jason Weinger, who manages a pawn store, said strict regulations prevent someone from selling rented items to a pawn store. “We ask for ID, we ask questions about ownership,” he said. But online it’s a whole different story.
Jennifer Rosen’s company Lending Luxury rents designer dresses. She said she worries about exactly that sort of theft. But she said her company sews labels indicating the ownership of its dresses. Putting names and identifying marks on the item can prevent it from fraudulent resale.
For people like Brent Dillon – who was left without a car, criminologist Joe Giacalone said a simple check of the VIN number could help determine the owner.
Experts said it’s always a good idea to research the item for sale online. Also, try dealing locally and meet people face-to-face to look at the item before buying it.