The Mandan Police Department is warning residents of a used car sale scam circulating in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
According to a news release from Deputy Chief Lori Flaten, the fraud involves a company claiming to be located in Mandan that sells used and seized vehicles on its website at prices far below their actual value.
Interested buyers are asked by the company to send 20 to 25 percent of the selling price to “clear the title.” Once that happens, the company says the vehicle will then be shipped to the buyer.
The company calls itself Dakota Prairie Used & Seized LLC and lists its address as 2335 Highway 10, Mandan.
The only problem is there is no business by that name at the Mandan address.
The site, www.usv-preloved.com, has copied the address of a legitimate business, Dakota Prairie Equipment (also known as Dakota Prairie Auto, Trucks and Trailers), which has no affiliation with the phony Dakota Prairie Used & Seized.
In fact, the Dakota Prairie Equipment owners report they have received numerous calls from persons wanting to purchase vehicles listed on the questionable website.
There is not a business by the name of Dakota Prairie Used & Seized LLC registered in North Dakota.
According to the Mandan Police, the website appears to have been created in the Bahamas.
The police also say, at this time, they are not aware of any local victims of the scam.
The police ask if anyone has been a victim of this scam to contact your law enforcement.