Buyer Beware: Boston Woman Thought She Found The Perfect Truck But Was Taken For A Ride – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – Everyone wants a good deal when buying items online.

A Boston woman thought she had found the perfect used truck, but instead was taken for a ride.

“Every day I wake up with pain. It’s not even easy to get out of bed.

Arthritis makes simple things a challenge for Glendoria Quarles.

“It’s all over my body,” Quarles says.

She needs a vehicle to get around.

But she doesn’t have one at the moment.

She thought she had found the perfect used van in the Facebook Marketplace.

“It was black, it was low mileage.

“There was a back seat where I could throw my groceries instead of throwing them in the car.”

Glendoria messaged seller to make a deal

“She said the truck was still available and she wanted $ 1,200 for it.

So I borrowed money to buy this truck.

The emails the seller sent to them looked legitimate with the words “buyer protection” at the top and what looked like an eBay customer service number.

“It looked very professional,” Quarles said.

The sales clerk told Glendoria that she should pay for the truck with eBay gift cards.

“I did. I went looking for some $ 1200 eBay cards.

Glendoria emailed the gift card code numbers to the seller.

“Then she emailed me and said she needed another $ 1,000 to get the truck delivered, for some sort of insurance.

She got $ 1,000, she got $ 1,200, but she needed $ 800 more for customs. For customs? Didn’t you say it was in Worcester? Said Quarles.

That’s when Glendoria realized she was being cheated and demanded a refund.

“I borrowed this money, so whether I get a truck or not, I have to pay this money back.”

7News contacted eBay.

The company told us that Glendoria’s money was gone and that there was no way for them to get it back.

“I was shocked, I was appalled, I was angry.”

eBay says there are things you can do to protect yourself from scams.

Use gift cards only at eBay-dot-com checkout.

And if someone tells you that they only accept gift cards as a form of payment, don’t do business with them.

Glendoria hopes her story will help other people keep their money.

“I need this exposed because I’m sure there are other people besides me who are probably going through the same or something similar,” Quarles said.

Another thing you can do to protect yourself in a situation like this: ask to meet the seller in a public place to inspect what you are buying. If it is a scam, the negotiation will end there.

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