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Meet the Scammer Who Pulled off a Scam Targeting People With Disabilities Looking for Vehicles

Unveiling a $2.5 million scam targeting vulnerable car buyers in Philadelphia and the legal pursuit of justice.
Cover Image source: Pexels | Photo by Jakub Pabis
Cover Image source: Pexels | Photo by Jakub Pabis

Scammers are known to target the most vulnerable victims, be it elderly people with a lack of awareness about risks in the digital world, or those who are emotionally attached to their pets. But sometimes even fraudsters can stoop to new lows and target people with disabilities as well as those seeking care and support. In a shocking revelation, 47-year-old Edward Scott Rock from Philadelphia has been charged with mail and wire fraud for allegedly orchestrating a scam that duped customers across 36 states out of more than $2.5 million.

Pexels | Photo by Patrick De Boeck
Pexels | Photo by Patrick De Boeck

As the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies get into the intricacies of Rock's purported scam, the law emphasizes its dedication to holding accountable those who exploit vulnerable communities.

Between 2019 and 2023, Rock is accused of obtaining used vehicles from auctions and then advertising them for sale on various online platforms such as Craigslist,, Facebook, and eBay. What makes this case particularly distressing is that a significant number of the victims were people with physical or mobility disabilities. A more alarming aspect of Rock's alleged fraud involved the sale of a wheelchair-accessible 2017 Ford Transit 150 van.

Pexels | Photo by Negative Space
Pexels | Photo by Negative Space

He purportedly agreed to sell the same van to 13 different customers over an 11-month period between February 2022 and January 2023, and after collecting $260,000 as payment from all buyers, he only delivered the van to one of them. The indictment details how Rock not only failed to deliver the vehicles as promised but also engaged in the unethical practice of selling the same vehicle to multiple customers. The consequences of Rock's actions have resulted in significant financial losses for the defrauded individuals and businesses, exceeding $2.5 million.

If convicted, Rock faces severe consequences, including a maximum possible sentence of 170 years in prison, a hefty $2.75 million fine, and additional penalties such as restitution and forfeiture. The charges against him include mail and wire fraud, highlighting the alleged sophistication of his fraudulent activities. The case has been under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with collaboration from the Philadelphia Police Department, Major Crimes Auto Squad, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Pexels | Photo by Darya Sannikova
Pexels | Photo by Darya Sannikova

This disheartening case serves as a cautionary tale for consumers, emphasizing the importance of thorough research and due diligence when making significant purchases online. As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the justice system will address the allegations against Edward Scott Rock. In the meantime, authorities are urging potential victims to come forward and share their experiences to aid in the ongoing investigation.

This unfortunate incident highlights the necessity for continued efforts to protect the vulnerable from unscrupulous individuals seeking to exploit vulnerable communities.