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Old 10-02-2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Question Help..Avoiding scams on sale of bike?

So has anyone sold anything on craigs list or some other site/forum and had to deal with scammers? What kind of scams are there I should look out for? I read that they wanna send you some bogus check or something. I hope to just deal with somene in Texas. I've sold 2 bikes before, one on ebay to a local guy, one from listing it on a local forum. Never had problem with scammers, both guys came and looked at the bike and paid cash. Although the second time a week after selling my old bike someone broke into my attached garage and stole my replacement bike and the hubbys brand new gsxr. I always wondered if it was the guys who came and bought my old bike. If they were scoping my garage with that purchase.

THis time I won't allow anyone to come to my house. I will have them meet me at a local shopping center or something to look at the bike. Anyway I have already gotten 2 fishy responses to my ad from people overseas, gotta be a scam right? I mean they want to buy the bike for someone here in the states. One guy said it was for his son in Chicago. I find it hard to believe they can't find one IN Chicago. Just sounds fishy to me.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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Anytime they say they're interested in your "item".

The big one is when they are out of the country and they'll send you the value of your "item" for sale plus the amount for shipping. Then, when you deposit the check and send the "item", their check bouces and leave you "item-less" plus the cost of the shipping.
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Personally I only buy or sell big ticket items if I personaly meet the other party.
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Overseas offers are scams. Anybody offering to pay you MORE than your asking price is a scam. Offers to wire the money = scam. Money orders, scam.

I wouldn't even accept local cashiers check, but that's just me.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:59 PM   #5
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Sell for cash only. If it is a check, tell them that you will follow them to their bank where they can cash the check and hand you cash.
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Anytime they say they're interested in your "item".

The big one is when they are out of the country and they'll send you the value of your "item" for sale plus the amount for shipping. Then, when you deposit the check and send the "item", their check bouces and leave you "item-less" plus the cost of the shipping.
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Personally I only buy or sell big ticket items if I personaly meet the other party.


one guy from england offered to send "a guy" to pick it up, once the "guy" picked it up he would send a money order from england



ya..needless to say i didnt even respond
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If you are ever in doubt, just remember a legit seller/buyer should be willing to do buisness in person and in cash and be willing to give you a phone number, location, etc.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:16 PM   #9
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one guy from england offered to send "a guy" to pick it up, once the "guy" picked it up he would send a money order from england



ya..needless to say i didnt even respond
I usually respond by saying:

"Congratulations, since you tryed to scam me, I have forwarded this e'amil adress to a bout 1000 SPAMMERS!!! Congratulations again on your incoming 5000000 messages and go F**K yourself"

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I usually respond by saying:

"Congratulations, since you tryed to scam me, I have forwarded this e'amil adress to a bout 1000 SPAMMERS!!! Congratulations again on your incoming 5000000 messages and go F**K yourself"


I play along.. well. I give them a fake name and address, but the phone number I give is real.

It's not mine, it's the phone number for the FBI's internet crime division.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:20 PM   #11
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I play along.. well. I give them a fake name and address, but the phone number I give is real.

It's not mine, it's the phone number for the FBI's internet crime division.
what is that number? i'll do the same
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I play along.. well. I give them a fake name and address, but the phone number I give is real.

It's not mine, it's the phone number for the FBI's internet crime division.
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Mel, I bought and sold on Craigslist and never had anyone from overseas email me. I wouldn't go for it. 99.99% it is a scam. Sounds like one.

It is fine to have a neutral meeting place or tell them that you'll bring the bike over to their house to look at it. Cash only.
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Don't have it memorized, I just snag it off the fbi.gov site. Check it.. I'm having problems resolving DNS names today.
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Here's an example from the table I had listed on Craigslist recently.

First email:
This came from a gmail address
"Hi,
still available?......am interested. "

I reply with 'yes it is'

His next response comes from a yahoo email address.

"Hello,
Thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an instant purchase,so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i dont mind adding an extra $50 dolls for you to take the advert down from craigslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item.I will also like you to know that i will be paying via company certified cashier check,and it will be over night payment due to the distance .You dont need to bother your self with the shippment ok,i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phonenumber.
**Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping.

Do have a nice day.


Regards,
Dr Wales.
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Chock full o red flags! lol
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hahaha what they didnt want you ssn# as well?

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hahaha what they didnt want you ssn# as well?

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That would have been in the next email I'm sure.
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What's sad is that some Sellers fall for these scams, even the ridiculously obvious ones. Wasn't there a kid who posted on this site, who was convinced to hand over his 600RR to a "Buyer" on a "Rent-To-Own", handshake contract? Sure enough, he never received the first Installment.
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What's sad is that some Sellers fall for these scams, even the ridiculously obvious ones. Wasn't there a kid who posted on this site, who was convinced to hand over his 600RR to a "Buyer" on a "Rent-To-Own", handshake contract? Sure enough, he never received the first Installment.
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lol! please let me meet some people that would let me rent to own anything with handshake contract. i'll even put first payment down.
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