BBB Warns of Nationwide Vehicle Transport Scam

Scammers Pose as Former Idaho Business

Anchorage, Alaska — June 28, 2018 Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is alerting consumers nationwide of a fake transporting business that has cost victims thousands of dollars and earned itself an F rating. Since May 2018, BBB has received multiple Scam Tracker reports from consumers across the country who have collectively lost more than $30,000 to scammers operating under the name Elk Horn Express Transport.

BBB investigators determined that the alleged business is using the name of a company that once operated in Paul, Idaho. According to the Idaho Secretary of State and Department of Transportation, the company is no longer in business. However, consumers report they have been instructed to register at www.elkhornexpresstransport.com to purchase and transport vehicles they found online. Once they have registered, they are required to wire payments for the vehicles without having the opportunity to inspect it. 

One consumer told BBB he thought he was purchasing a classic car from a private seller. During the transaction, he received an email with instructions on payment. He was informed the funds would remain in an escrow account until the vehicle was delivered. He never heard back from the seller and lost $11,600 in the process. 

In the most common car shipping scam, the consumer performs an internet search for auto shipping companies and clicks on a link. They find what looks like the website for a legitimate shipping company. The consumer asks for a quote for shipping a car and receives what they think is a reasonable bargain and instructions for payment. The consumer sends the payment and then waits for a truck that never arrives. 

As a consumer, it is important to know how to choose a reputable and reliable auto transport company. Doing so will help you to avoid scams that prey on those shipping their vehicles long distances.

BBB offers the following tips:

For more tips on avoiding scams visit bbb.org/scamtips. To report a scam, visit  bbb.org/scamtracker

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Marketplace Manager| 907-644- 5208 | michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
Veronica Craker, Content & Communications Director| 253-722-8732| veronica.craker@thebbb.org