Are you looking on OfferUp for a great deal on a used vehicle? While buying a used vehicle from a legitimate private party owner can work out well, you should be aware that criminals can turn unsuspecting vehicle buyers into victims by selling vehicles to them that have been stolen, are unsafe, or have other serious problems.
The Task Force for Regional Auto theft Prevention (TRAP), in partnership with the marketplace platform OfferUp®, has created this informational brochure to provide you with some tips to help prevent you from becoming a crime victim.
This brochure is available throughout many DMV offices in California. OfferUp is proud to share their message in our community of buyers and sellers in the Los Angeles area. Please send us your feedback!
(TRAP) is Los Angeles County’s multi-jurisdictional, multiagency task force that investigates, prosecutes and deters vehicle theft and vehicle fraud. TRAP is highly successful in combating vehicle theft and fraud by focusing on organized criminal groups and illegal business operations. TRAP’s activities include the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of “chop shop” operators who strip parts off stolen vehicles or alter them so identification is impeded or
impossible, international theft rings that steal vehicles and send them to other countries, “scam” artists who obtain vehicles by identity theft or other types of fraud, and other criminals who engage in just about every imaginable form of auto theft. TRAP also engages in an active public education program to prevent and deter vehicle theft and fraud.
If you are unsure what to do, or how to report suspicious activity, you must contact your LOCAL law enforcement agency for guidance. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you can call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477). You can also use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app (“P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired) on Google play, on the Apple App Store, or by using the website: www.lacrimestoppers.org. To learn more about buying and selling safely on OfferUp, visit www.OfferUp.com/trust.
While there is no guarantee that you won’t fall victim to one of the perpetrators even if you follow the steps that are outlined in this brochure, following them may alert you to some warning signs of trouble and lessen the possibility of you becoming a crime victim.
OfferUp makes it easier to buy and sell the things you love. There’s a lot of room for innovation in the used car market, and today we estimate 10 percent of used cars in America are sold on OfferUp. Our auto dealer program connects buyers with independent sellers and dealers across the country and makes it easier for you to find a great deal on a used car.
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