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1942 MB Salt Lake City, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

Has potential. More pics needed.

“This 1942 Jeep Willy’s is in immaculate condition. Naturally preserved all original. The price is set at a QUICK SALE PRICE. Sorry, no trades. $8000 it’s your gain.
Flathead 4 with a 3 SP manual and a Dana”

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1949 Jeepster Beaverton, OR $9000 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SCAM**

https://salem.craigslist.org/cto/d/1949-willys-jeepster/6506775979.html

“Willys Jeepster has: 4 Cylinder Engine 3 Speed Manual Transmission Power Brakes Power Steering New Black Carson Top Butternut Yellow Paint”

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1949 Jeepster Harrisburg, PA $9000 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SCAM** 

https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/cto/d/1949-willys-jeepster/6506796519.html

“This 1949 Willys Jeepster has: 4 Cylinder Engine 3 Speed Manual Transmission Power Brakes Power Steering New Black Carson Top Butternut Yellow Paint The Jeepster was an autombile originally produced by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. It was developed in hopes of filling a gap in the company’s product line, crossing over from their “utilitarian” proto SUVs and trucks to the passenger automobile market. The basic model included numerous deluxe features and interior fittings in addition to a high level of standard equipment that cost extra on other automobiles.”

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1962 Truck $6800 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: A reader got a response to the ad (for fun). We’ve seen similar scams in the past. Here is the text:

I’m selling it because my husband died 2 months ago (he had a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories, that’s the reason I want to sell it a.s.a.p.The total price is $6,800. No damage or hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained. I have clear title, without liens or loans on it, everything is under my name. Me and my son decided to sell the house and we moved to my parents house in Mason City, NE trying to start a new life. We need to meet up to my parents place or I can arrange delivery – it will cost the gas money and I will pay for it.

I want to use eBay Motors services (5 days of testing prior purchase) for the safety of both of us, so if you’re interested in purchasing, please provide me your full name for the bill of sale, your full address and a phone number so I can notify eBay that you’re selected as my possible buyer, and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

UPDATE: This owner has confirmed that this is a SCAM. This truck was listed on Craigslist in North Carolina and Florida. I expect it will pop up elsewhere.

https://hickory.craigslist.org/cto/d/1962-willys-pickup/6503667255.html

“1962 Willys Pickup, Nicest around! Built as a driver (and she’s fun to drive, getting thumbs up whever she goes), she also shows well. She looks stock, but underneath she’s anything but.”

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Year? CJ-3B Oklahoma City, OK $10,000 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Thanks to readers for identifying this as most likely a scam (see comments).

This might be a good price at $10k. It sure looks fully rebuilt. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/179969119282314

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1948? Jeepster Salt Lake City, UT $7000 (SCAM?)

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Thanks to Seth for verifying this scam. Here’s what the “seller” wrote to him:

I’m selling it because my husband died 2 months ago (he had a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories, that’s the reason I want to sell it a.s.a.p.The total price is $7,000. No damage or hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained. I have clear title, without liens or loans on it, everything is under my name. Me and my son decided to sell the house and we moved to my parents house in Twin Falls, ID trying to start a new life. We need to meet up to my parents place or I can arrange delivery – it will cost the gas money and I will pay for it.

I want to use eBay Motors services (5 days of testing prior purchase) for the safety of both of us, so if you’re interested in purchasing, please provide me your full name for the bill of sale, your full address and a phone number so I can notify eBay that you’re selected as my possible buyer, and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

The 1) hurry to sell, 2) sell via eBay, 3) paying for delivery are three warning signs of s scam. A 2015 eBay forum post discusses a similar scam.

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This appears to be a too-good-to-be-true price. Enter with caution.

“1948 Willys Overland “Jeepster” Roadster “Collectible” w/ Chevy 350 V-8 Power, 700R4 4-Speed Automatic/OD Transmission, Bright Yellow, Black Convertible Top, Custom Yellow/Black Bucket Seat Vinyl Interior with Console, Rear Bench Seat. Loaded with Options, Power Steering, Sony Premium Sound Stereo/CD, Tilt Wood Steering Wheel, Chrome Package, Custom Wheels with new Radials. Aluminum Radiator with Electric Fan, Independent Suspension, Mustang II Front End. Dual Exhaust, Reece Hitch. Top-Down Sporty with a V8!”

https://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-jeepster/6462614032.html

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1948 Jeepster Rhode Island $7500 SCAM

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: I’ve seen this one all over. It’s a scam.

Tim shared this one. He’s concerned the price is too good to be true. I think it is right on the edge. Proceed with caution. After a few searches, I found the same ad in Portland. I suspect this is a scam.

“Runs well, 3 speed transmission with overdrive. Recently painted, interior and convertible top in good condition. 5 new tires with tubes, the bumpers, hood trim and interior dash trim all have been re-chromed.”

https://providence.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-2-door-phaeton/6393689473.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/1948-willys-2-door-phaeton/6394717575.html

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1948 CJ-2A Seattle, WA $8500 SCAM

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: Clint found the source for these photos. This jeep is actually  for sale in Houston, Texas, for $16,995.

UPDATE: This is for sure a scam. I’ve seen listed across the US. According to one reader, “Seller claims they want to deal thru EBAY where you deposit your money and the Jeep with be shipped to you. If you don’t want it , ship it back and your money will be refunded.”

“Fully Restored 1948 Michigan Yellow Willys CJ 2A! Frame Off Restoration Finished in it’s Original Color!!”

EXAMPLE AD: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/1948-jeep-cj/6394044574.html

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1945 GPW Los Angeles, CA $4000 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: We’ve seen a small uptick scams on Craigslist. Thanks to John for finding this in the Ohio Craigslist at $15,000. I guess scammers need money for xmas gifts?? Besides, I didn’t think the background looked like Los Angeles.

To good to be true?

“Very nice 1945 Willy’s Jeep. Restored, runs, drives and stops. 3934 miles on odometer. Number matching 4 cylinder ford production motor with nanual transmission. Must see to appreciate. Cash only and no trades. Please contact for questions and appointment to see.”

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/1945-willys-jeep-military/6375567963.html

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1952 M-38 Ann Arbor, MI $5200 *SCAM*

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Claus confirmed that this same jeep was on eBay for $20k recently. If you see this posted other places on Craigslist, I’d suggest flatting it.

Craig shared this ad. The too-good-to-be-true price on this beautiful M-38 suggests it is likely a scam. The phone number for the ad is a California one, but it was listed in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Craigslist. That doesn’t automatically mean it’s a scam (as I still have my Cali phone number), but is just another reason to be suspect.

“Also has new 12 volt batteries. Totally rebuilt engine and transmission”

https://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/d/willysnavy-variant/6356779791.html

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Crime Ring “Selling” Vehicles on Craigslist

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

craigslist-scam-alertA reader who shall remain anonymous shared the story of how pictures of his jeep mysteriously appeared on Craigslist without his knowledge. It turned out someone had taken the pics off a different craigslist ad and was using them to trick buyers into sending the thief money for a vehicle he didn’t own.

Our faithful reader only discovered the issue thanks to eWillys. He was quite surprised to see an ad for his vehicle! So, he contacted the police, which led to the takedown of twenty people working together to “fake sell” vehicles across the US. He’ll be testifying in court later this year.

Here are a couple links discussing Craigslist scams:

  1. https://jalopnik.com/how-a-craigslist-scammer-tried-to-steal-my-moms-car-1789696074
  2. https://www.csoonline.com/article/2875832/security/how-to-stick-it-to-craigslist-scammers.html
  3. https://www.tred.com/test-drive-blog/how-to-spot-a-craigslist-car-scam-and-what-happens-when-you-dont/
  4. https://www.komando.com/tips/349850/craigslist-shopping-and-selling-scams/all

So be careful out there!

 
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1942 GPW San Jose, CA $3250

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

I suspect this is a scam. It seems too good to be true. I know someone has called on the phone number, but didn’t get a reply.

“I am selling my car This is a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep. It is running and the body is in good condition. ”

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/wan/5291384751.html

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Odd Jeepster-like Jeep Hot Springs, AR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: This *might* have evolved into a scam. The seller agreed to sell to one buyer and provided directions to get the vehicle, but now is avoiding the buyer’s calls. 

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900

Here is an odd one I spotted on Facebook. It reminds me of Bob’s odd Jeepster-like vehicle.

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“This is a very strange “Jeep like” vehicle that is not a Jeep. I was told that it was possibly a specialty vehicle built in the 60s and that it originally had a 4 or 6 cylinder engine that the previous salvage yard owner removed and sold. 2 wheel drive. No seats or top frame. It has full length curved metal running board fenders that Jeeps never had. It also has a center console that housed the shifter. It was originally painted a coral pink color so the possibility exists that it was a resort shuttle vehicle. It is NOT, repeat NOT, a Jeep Surrey model! They look nothing like this “thing”. No engine or transmission. I saved it from a salvage yard over 10 years ago. It has 14 inch “A.J. Foyt” mag wheels that probably are original. Rusty but restorable. Buy it for $900 firm, fix it up, and have the only one out there.”

 

 
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1953 M-38A1 Various Places **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: .

There are multiple ads across the country for a 1953 M-38A1 for only $3000. This too-good-to-be-true offer is made using a gmail address that is also selling other vehicles across the country. It looks like a scammer to me.

Here’s the ad:
“Army Jeep Very good body, converted to 12 v new reduction starter, c00ntact: monicamiller107@gmail.com”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/4726388007.html

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other related links:
http://killeen.craigslist.org/atq/4727138596.html
http://tucson.craigslist.org/atq/4727158497.html
http://lexington.craigslist.org/fuo/4708073021.html
http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/atq/4710184308.html
https://goldcountry.craigslist.org/fuo/4716270278.html

 
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1951 M-38 Kula, HI **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Steve reports that the photo is of his jeep that he sold last month. And, if you look at the background, it’s not Hawaii. This jeep has been listed twice on Craigslist in Hawaii.

“All original, fully restored 1951 Willys M38 military jeep!
Beautiful piece of history. Runs great, 9,600 miles. No back tax, fully caught up and all legal.
Call us or email us if you’d like more information or if you’d like to come see it. Moving off island, need to sell!”

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1961 FJ-3A Dana Point, CA **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: FJ • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Jay notes this is a scam. Listed at $2500.

1961 Jeep Fleetvan Fj-3A, all original , with original 4 cyl. 3 speed trans. runs and drives good, body is rough , but surface rust , non structural rust, original patina look, clean title non salvage, on non op status , no DMV back fees. $2500 firm ! No offers no trades no tats”

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/4527863024.html

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**SCAM** Bantam BRC-40

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s a scam I didn’t know about. The ad was pretty convincing, because  the ad title “Old jeep army navy usmc” was so poorly written in terms of keywords. The seller acts as if they don’t really know what they have.

Honestly, I thought I’d scored big. However, I had enough sense to email Josh and he deflated my bubble gently. Oh well, I’ll keep searching . . .

There’s a discussion about this at G503: http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=334790

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1966 CJ-6 Muskogee, OK **Scam?**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $3650. Possible Scam. Please check reader comments.

(01/06/2014) Looks like a gas tank has been added to the cargo area.

“1966 jeep 4×4 pto winch new drive train
18k original miles”

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Scam — 1943 GPW

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

This is a scam. Pics have been used before. Thanks to everyone who pointed that out (my brain is on recess it seems).

Here is a very nice restored 1943 Ford GPW jeep. The jeep has matching numbers with the original glove box (not attached to the tub but is included) and the frame. The engine is a Ford GPW block. 
devin3604@gmail.com”

http://madison.craigslist.org/cto/4465501252.html
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/4465318742.html

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1943 GPW **SCAM** :: Was Google Wallet Scam

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE V: This scam disappeared from the world, thankfully.

UPDATE IV: After being deleted this is back on eBay again. A bidder decided to bid $50,000. Someone’s playing with the seller.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-GPW-Army-Jeep-Willys-MB-Military-Slat-Grill-GP-Orig-Matching-/271384905439?_trksid=p2054897.l4275

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UPDATE III: Mike alerted me that some of these pics are now on an ebay auction. Person selling it is listed as brand new profile on Jan 19, 2014. I see no reason to doubt it is still a scam. It has been reported as potentially fraudulent.

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UPDATE II: This scam has appeared on Craigslists. Lance forwarded pictures he received from the scammer.  There are 17 total.

UPDATE: John looked into this scam and received the following email. It appears this seller is likely running the Google Wallet Scam (which I’d never heard of).

I am glad that you are interested in my Jeep Willys . It's a Orig Matching #'s Jan 1943 Ford GPW Army Jeep Willys Military .
This jeep was completely taken down, sandblasted, and all of the rust was cut out and replaced with new metal. This jeep has been completely gone threw. The engine, T-84 transmission (gear box), Transfer case, breaks, steering box, Axles, starter, generator, Radiator, Carter WO Carb, voltage regulator, water pump and distributor have ALL been rebuilt by professional shops and receipts can be provided for all parts. The engine has a two year warranty.

The Firestone tires, wiring harness, spare data plates, gas tank, tail lights and horn are all new replacements and are 100% correct. The jeep is still its original 6 volt configuration. The seat covers are new . All of the combat rims are strait originals. The battery is brand new and this jeep starts, drives, shifts and stops with no problems at all . 

I legally own a clear title, free of any liens or loans, under my name. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $4,500.

Just want to sell it ASAP, I am using Google Wallet as my ex-wife suggested, she also sold her car, without any headaches!
First of all please let me know where are you located ?

I will also need to know if you require a loan ? Or the funds are available ?

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This scam is back. I found ads in several places across the US yesterday. 

Here’s one link http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/4178294698.html

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M-677 **Scam**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Watch for a new M-677 Scam. Someone is trying to sell a M-677 that is owned by Dan Horenberger that isn’t for sale.  I don’t have a link to the ad yet. Here’s a list of a few other car scheme scams that I found on the net.

The scammer’s is going by the name ‘Kelvin Hardy’ and uses the email kelvinhardy9880@gmail.com. The scammer is asking only $4000 and claims the vehicle is in Kansas.

Please let me know if you spot a current ad for it. Here’s one of the photos:

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Scammer News

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Jesse reports that this guy may have run the M-677 scammer ads and possible another one involving an AMC engine. The guy doing the scams is wanted and reported to be dangerous. Here are some links to check out:

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/3997288225.html

http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/LouisvillesMostWanted/MICHAEL+KNIGHT.htm

http://www.planethoustonamx.com/stuff/michael-knight-401v8-craigslist-usmen-inc-scam.htm

 
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**SCAM** 1947 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now listed in Nashville, TN

This scam is back. It was around last summer if I remember correctly.

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1946 CJ-2A Daleville, AL **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SCAM** See Comments

“1946 MODEL HAS NO MOTOR BUT EVERYTHING ELSE. GREAT FOR PARTS OR THAT LARGE PROJECT TO TACKLE. THIS WAS MY GRANDFATHERS JEEP, VETERAN OF WWII THIS RIG EVEN HAS THE POWER TAKE OFF ON THE REAR. ASKING 1350.00”

http://www.classifiedads.com/off_road_vehicles_parts-ad28901099.htm

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1952 M-38 **SCAM** Listed for $2100

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  This scam has been drifting west on Craigslists.  Bryan, whose eBay ad is the one copied by the scammer, was contacted by a woman who found his phone number in the scam ad.

Bryan wrote and told me, “I talked to a lady today that almost got sucked in. Her husband is in the military and the scammer told her he was overseas fighting and could arrange shipping for the jeep. She said the scammer reeled her in with the his false military fighting for our country story….she said the only thing that stopped her was my eBay ad and my phone number I put on the ad. She called me to confirm it was false.”  Bryan has reported the situation to the FBI.  You can contact the FBI at this phone number (251) 438-3674.

There’s a M-38 craigslist scam that’s been listed on about ten craigslists along the east coast. The text came from a January 5 eBay listing.

This is the pic that’s been included in the ad:

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