With used cars in high demand, the Better Business Bureau (BBB.org) is warning the public about scammers targeting individuals looking to buy a used car.

The scam claims the vehicle for sale is in another city, but that the seller knows a transport company that will deliver it to you – all you need to do is pay the transport company. Often, a sad story is thrown in to tug on your heartstrings. Once you’ve paid the third-party company, usually by a wire transfer or prepaid debit card, your vehicle won’t be delivered. The sale was a scam, and unfortunately, your money is gone for good.

The BBB shared some tips to avoid car sales scams. First, watch out for prices that are too good to be true. Contact the seller by phone as early as possible and ask lots of questions. If you get vague answers, if the seller gets defensive or aggressive, or if they can’t confirm their location or the location of the vehicle, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. You should also always see the vehicle before you buy it, and don’t give in to threats or pressure to purchase the vehicle. Finally, never wire funds for a car – use c heck or credit card.

If you see a car sales scam, report it to the Better Business Bureau at BBB.org/ScamTracker and to the online marketplace where you found it. Subscribe to BBB Scam Alerts for weekly updates about new scams.