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FBI warns dealers of unusual requests to buy, lease larger vehicles

November 24, 2010

The FBI said dealers should pay special attention to unusual requests from outside the United States or requests from unknown sources-especially through the Internet. Other causes for alert: requests that are out of character for a marketplace, unusual stated uses for a vehicle, large cash payments, or large funds transfers required before a purchase.

For example, a truck dealer received a vague e-mail message from outside the United States. The inquirer requested the availability of a large tanker unit capable of hauling hot liquids. Thinking it a highly unusual request, the dealer passed the message to the local FBI office.