In an update to members, the National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA) reported on potential scams or misrepresented RV sales that have surfaced over the last few months.
According to the statement, NRVIA explores many avenues for detecting scams, including verifying vehicle identification numbers, checking data plates, comparing the online ads to the RV’s current conditions, and by sharing news of online predators.
Within the last few months, NRVIA has several calls from RV sellers who had received e-mails from a buyer who was interested in purchasing the RV for sale listed by the seller on an online listing site. The below details were used in each scam attempt and the sellers were advised by NRVIA to report the potential scam to the online listing site personnel for immediate action to block the scammer.
- The buyer stated he could not talk by phone due to a hearing loss and therefore only available by email.
- The buyer expressed an immediate need to purchase the RV for sale (motorhome in all the cases we are aware of) and did not try to negotiate a better price or request any documents from seller.
- The buyer stated he had acquired the services of an NRVIA Certified RV Inspector and planned to have the unit inspected (but did not share contact info on the inspector, nor a date of when the inspection was to take place),
- The buyer requested bank account information from the seller so the buyer could transfer a deposit for the unit.
- The buyer stated they had mailed a deposit to the seller in a very large amount (not set by the seller) which was “accidently incorrect and the bank’s fault,” with a request to the seller to cash the check and pay the inspector directly for the inspection (which was $1,200).
“Although we understand there can be real clients and safe transactions that happen entirely through e-mail, it is our desire to educate our inspectors to prepare them for possible scams and teach them how they can take steps to protect their business reputation and all parties involved in the transaction,” We share with the sellers that they are welcome to call NRVIA to verify the active status and listing for an RV Inspector at any time.