Purchasing a mobility scooter can be a large investment so you want to get the best price. But it is sad to say that there are swindlers out there trying to take advantage of seniors. The internet has mostly honest, reputable companies that will assist you in making the best selection. But as in most things in life, there are always a few bad apples that ruin it for others. Before you enter your credit card information you need to be aware that there are internet scams that are targeting the senior population and the mobility scooter industry.
We are aware of these bogus advertisements on Facebook and we are reporting every one we see. Unfortunately, Facebook is not too quick at responding. These fraudulent ads are promoting such scooters and offering them at ridiculously low prices. And you know the old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”.
So how does this scooter scam work? Let’s say you have done your research or maybe asked a friend for a recommendation on a particular scooter. You search the internet or an ad pops up on Facebook for that particular brand and model. Almost every site has that model for $999 but this one website has it listed at $699. And a $300 savings sounds like a great deal! The brand is the same, the model number is the same, the photos are all the same and they even have the color you want. So, you place the order and “save” $300.
Once the purchase is made the scammers will send tracking details from overseas so you believe the scooter is in transit. You, the consumer can wait weeks and months for the scooter but a scooter never arrives. Instead the shipment will contain a plastic ring, watch, cheap hat, or a toy. By the time the substitute product arrives, that shop is closed down and the site is unreachable and untraceable. The scammers will then open up again under another name and continue the con. You now have to call your credit card company and explain the situation and hopefully get your money back. Your money has been tied up for months and you still do not have the scooter that you desperately need.
To help you educate yourself regarding these hoaxes we have put together a list of ways to spot a scooter scam.
Those are some tips to prevent you from being scammed by unscrupulous websites. So, what are some best practices to help you make a good choice?
You need to protect yourself from the mobility scooter scams out there. Buying a scooter should be an exciting purchase for you. This allows you the mobility to get around your home, neighborhood or a quick trip to the park with the grandkids. At myownwheels.com our slogan is “Mobility is Freedom”. Please take your time and do your due diligence to make sure that you buy your new scooter from a reputable company.