Google is issuing all motorists an urgent “bank wipeout” warning – watch out for three signs or risk lifelong regret

GOOGLE has warned motorists about vehicle purchase scams that can drain their bank accounts.

Today, scammers can infiltrate almost any scenario to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

Google has warned drivers about fraud when buying a car

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And car buying scams have been on the list for a long time — but as technology has advanced, they’ve become even riskier.

Google revealed how scammers are using Google Payments to steal funds from people.

“You find a cheap car online and the seller claims that the purchase is processed through Google Payments or Google Play for your protection,” Google writes in a blog post.

“The car price is ‘too good to be true’ and the seller claims they have to sell the car quickly because he or she is relocating, leaving the country, being drafted into military service, getting a divorce, etc.” added the site.

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“The reality is there is no car and you will not be using Google Payments,” the blog continued.

Instead, buyers receive an invoice that appears to come from Google Payments or Google Play, but instructs them to pay via Google Play gift card, Western Union, MoneyGram, or bank transfer.

The tech giant noted that every legitimate Google Payments transaction requires users to log into their Google Account and make the payment through the Google Payments interface.

“Google Payments does not accept wire transfers/bank transfers or Western Union/MoneyGram payments, nor does it use escrow,” the company said.

They also highlighted that since Google Payments used to be called Google Wallet or Google Checkout, some scammers still use the wallet or checkout logo in their emails.

This is a sign to look out for when buying a vehicle online from an illegitimate entity.

Google found that using a Play gift card for anything outside of apps, books, movies, music, and subscriptions on the Google Play Store is also a violation of their Terms of Service.

“Vehicles and boats are not items that can be purchased from the Google Play Store,” the company added.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

To protect its users, Google has established three “golden rules” to avoid fraud.

The first is to slow down when making big purchase decisions.

“Scams are often designed to create a sense of urgency. Take the time to ask questions and think about them,” writes Google.

The second is the random check, which means that one should do one’s research to verify the details of the purchase.

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The third is to refrain from sending payments to companies that don’t appear reputable.

“No reputable person or agency will ever ask for payment or your personal information on the spot,” Google noted.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/7755051/google-urgent-warning-bank-wipeout-drivers-signs/ Google is issuing all motorists an urgent “bank wipeout” warning – watch out for three signs or risk lifelong regret

DevanCole

DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: devancole@dailynationtoday.com.

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