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Author Topic: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams  (Read 2329 times)

Offline TJGM

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Re: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams
« Reply #10 on: Jan 15, 2015, 10:04:59 »
Funny note. I currently have an ad on a couple near by kijiji cites looking for a BMW R series. And got an email from a guy asking if I had any responses and if anyone had a R90S for sale.  Write your own ad, dude !

~T   

Offline jetmechmarty

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Re: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams
« Reply #11 on: Jan 15, 2015, 11:18:49 »
I bought a car on eBay a few years ago.  My wife wanted a particular car I found one on eBay.  The auction ended NO SALE due to some SNAFU on the seller's part.  I called him at the end of the auction and explained that my bid got blocked and I wanted the car.  We agreed on a price, and then came the hard part.  The car was in Tampa and I was two hours north of Atlanta.  I told him, "I'm coming tomorrow with certified funds.  Please pick me up at the airport."  He seemed sure that I was a scam.  I couldn't wait a day because of my work schedule.  He seemed to have a problem with all of it, including a certified check.  I sent a scan of my driver license, etc., then made the trip with my wife.  The seller picked us up at the airport and we went to his house and made nice.  We paid the money, signed the papers, and drove back to Georgia.  Everybody HAPPY HAPPY.   There are plenty of scammers out there, but even more good people.

Good luck in your motorcycle quest!
Marty (in Georgia)
XS650

Offline phxtoad

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Re: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams
« Reply #12 on: Jan 15, 2015, 13:24:37 »
Yeah - A couple weeks back I saw an ad for sweet airhead for sale locally for not much and I was ready to pounce - cash in hand.  I replied that night, got excited and mentally prepared myself for my possible new toy.  So I started researching airheads more and noticed the same images from the ad popped-up in an Ebay sale that occurred a couple days prior in California.  That bike had sold for 2.5 times as much (the realistic price).  I pretty much knew it was a scam at that point.  The robot reply the next day was from a different person that posted the ad and was a completely generic 'form' response.  Damn you, internet scum!

Todd
Phxtoad
'04 Buell XB12S
Past bikes: '03 Suzuki SV650S 'Lulubelle', 98' Suzuki Bandit 1200S, '85 Honda Nighthawk S, '86 GSXR-750 (avatar), '85 Honda Magna V30, '84 Honda Spree!

Offline o1marc

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Re: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams
« Reply #13 on: Jan 15, 2015, 23:29:57 »
It's not just sellers looking to scam people. It's "so-called" buyers too. I have a Honda Rebel for sale right now. Almost brand new with 120 miles on it. (lady friend thought she wanted to ride. She too skeered! Even on a little rebel.)

I get an e-mail that says they want to pad the asking price by $100. They will arrange pick-up. All I have to do is take a pay pal payment, and someone will be around to pick up the bike....sight unseen no less!

I feel bad for the poor schmucks that fall for these scams
That's the Nigerian Scam. They always agree to full asking price because they just have to have it this weekend for his son's birthday, blah, blah, blah. We'll send a check to you and even arrange pick up at your place. You get the check and it is a legit check that can be cashed. It's usually for thousands more than the purchase price. They contact you back and say their accounted included the shipping charges in the check by mistake and if you could just go cash the check and send the overage Western Union to the "shipper", and keep an extra $100 for the inconvenience. You cash the check, Western Union the money and guess what? 10 days later your bank is saying the check was fraudulent and they want their money back and you're screwed. The scam is all automated I found as I started to play the game with these thieves. When they accept the ad price I contact them and tell them it was typo and the price is actually 10x's that. They still agree to pay the price. I once replied with this heavy ripping response to what POS they are and how I hope they get run over by a bus. They replied " So happy to hear back from you and we are good with the price,etc.
I have over $250K worth of their worthless checks stapled to my office wall. I tell them I have a friend at the bank that allows me to cash checks at the bank without ID and I'm using their money to go to Hawaii this weekend. :D

Offline grcamna5

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Re: Classic Motorcycle Sales Scams
« Reply #14 on: Jan 16, 2015, 01:31:28 »
I bought a car on eBay a few years ago.  My wife wanted a particular car I found one on eBay.  The auction ended NO SALE due to some SNAFU on the seller's part.  I called him at the end of the auction and explained that my bid got blocked and I wanted the car.  We agreed on a price, and then came the hard part.  The car was in Tampa and I was two hours north of Atlanta.  I told him, "I'm coming tomorrow with certified funds.  Please pick me up at the airport."  He seemed sure that I was a scam.  I couldn't wait a day because of my work schedule.  He seemed to have a problem with all of it, including a certified check.  I sent a scan of my driver license, etc., then made the trip with my wife.  The seller picked us up at the airport and we went to his house and made nice.  We paid the money, signed the papers, and drove back to Georgia.  Everybody HAPPY HAPPY.   There are plenty of scammers out there, but even more good people.

Good luck in your motorcycle quest!


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