Thu Apr 13, 2017
The National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA) is committed to help provide a professional and successful RV inspection experience for all. Its members strive for excellence in thorough inspections as well as the quality reports generated for its clients.
Part of the NRVIA responsibility is to pick up on clues of possible scams or misrepresented RV sales. This is done through many avenues such as verifying vehicle identification numbers, checking data plates, comparing the online ads to the RV’s current conditions and by sharing news of online predators such as the following case.
Within the last few months, NRVIA has had several calls from RV sellers who had received emails 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 so far) 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 accidentally incorrect at the banks fault, with a request to the seller to cash the check and pay the inspector directly for the inspection (which was $1,200).
Although there can be real clients and safe transactions that happen entirely through email, it is the desire of NRVIA to educate its 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. Sellers are welcome to call NRVIA to verify the active status and listing for an RV Inspector at any time.