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January 16, 2013

Canadian Car Buyers Scammed out of $200,000

Hoping to purchase a luxury vehicle for a low price, five Canadian car buyers fell victim to an online scam instead.  Ambient Auto Center, based out of Oklahoma, is once again making headlines after several consumers came forward and informed local authorities that they purchased a vehicle, and the vehicle never came.  Ambient has since shut down with no contact information; the consumers will most likely not see their money again.  Daniel Williams of Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, states that "American scammers have been targeting Canadians because cross-border prosecutions are more difficult."  Sadly, not a lot can be done to compensate the five fraud victims.


While Ambient Auto Center has shut down, they have since reappeared under two new names – Sprint Luxury Autos and Husen Original Autos.  They continue to advertise on local Canadian websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji, and offer too good to be true prices on high-end vehicles.


Canadian motor dealers are asked to use caution when buying vehicles from the US.  A good way to make sure the dealer in question is not fraudulent is to search the state's or province's dealer registry.