West Newton, MA asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Massachusetts

Q: I have been scammed by an online seller ! What do I do ?

My brother recently bought a car from Facebook Marketplace. The car had a legal title with the seller’s name and no lienholder mentioned. My brother took the title to RMV and was able to register the car under his name (which means title was original). After a couple of months, a towing company shows up to repossess his car saying the previous owner owed them the money and takes the car. The previous title does not have any lien holder information on it and RMV already issued a new title under my brother's name. The police are not helping to find what is going on. How can the seller have the title of his car if the car was financed?

1 Lawyer Answer
Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: If your brother has an unencumbered title and it is the same vehicle the car should not have been repossessed. Your brother should call the attorney general o get a lawyer to get the car back.

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