In this digital age, scams seem to be lurking around every corner of the internet and there's now a new scam that experts are warning New Yorkers to be aware of.

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The latest scam New Yorkers need to be careful of is centered around car lease deals. These scams not only pose a significant financial risk but can also lead to disappointment for victims.

What Are Car Leasing Scams on Social Media

Scammers have tapped into social media platforms to exploit unsuspecting users. These car leasing scams tend to target people looking got affordable options for leasing a vehicle.

How Car Leasing Scams Work

Usually, the scam begins with an advertisement that promises unbelievably low monthly payments or attractive lease terms that are just too good to resist. These scams often impersonate legitimate car leasing companies, using stolen logos and branding to appear reputable. Scammers will create phony profiles or hijack existing ones to promote these fraudulent deals.

Once an interested person engages with the scammer, they're lured into making an initial payment or providing personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account details, or driver's license information. Unfortunately, once the payment is made or personal information is shared, the scammer disappears, leaving victims without a car and facing potential identity theft or financial losses.

How to Protect Yourself From Car Leasing Scams

Do your research: Before engaging with any car leasing offer on social media, thoroughly investigate the legitimacy of the company or individual behind the advertisement. Look for verified accounts, read reviews, and check if the company has an official website or established presence outside of social media.

Beware of unrealistic offers: If an advertisement promises an unbelievably low monthly payment or lease terms that seem too good to be true, they probably are. Be skeptical of deals that are significantly cheaper than the average market rates.

Secure communication: When discussing a potential car lease deal, ensure that all communication takes place through secure channels. Look for communication options that encrypt messages.

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Protect your personal information: Never share sensitive information, such as your Social Security number, bank account details, or driver's license information, with unknown individuals or companies online. Legitimate car leasing companies will not ask for this information upfront.

Verify the company: If you come across a car leasing offer on social media, independently verify the company's legitimacy before making any payment. Contact the company directly using their official contact information from a reliable source.

 Trust your instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true, trust your gut instinct and proceed with caution. Take the time to validate the offer and the person behind it, and never rush into a deal without conducting proper due diligence.

How to Report Car Leasing Scams

If you run into a car leasing scam on social media or believe you've fallen victim to one, it's crucial to report the incident immediately. Contact your local authorities and provide them with all relevant information, including screenshots, conversations, and any transaction details. Additionally, report the scam to the social media platform where you encountered it, so they can take appropriate action against the scammer.

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