Date registered: Feb 2007
Location: Florida, USA
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I guess one simple way to avoid these scams is to simply do transactions in cash only for items less than about $ 5K. That is what I will do with the motorcycle I want to sell. Bring the cash to my door or no bike. I have sold several things, including my boat this way. No problems.
Be aware of buying on Ebay as well. About two years ago I bid about $ 35k on a small new motorhome, but the reserve was about$ 3k higher, so I did not get it. The next day I get an email from some guy who claims that he is the seller of this motorhome and that he is willing to sell it for my high bid of $35k. He also stated that the motorhome will be shipped from Michigan to Florida free and if I am not satisfied with my purchase, he will refund all of my money. He asked me for my personal data to "complete the transaction". That raised my suspicion because no RV dealer in their right mind would volunteer to ship a motorhome free from Michigan to Florida unless he was making a lot of money on it. In this case, he was selling the motorhome basically at cost, because it was a new left over 2005 model, and I know what the MSRP on this model was. So I called the dealership number listed in the eBAy auction and they confirmed that they never contacted me and that the "seller" was a scam artist.
Can you imagine wiring someone like this scumbag $ 35K, to never hear from him again? Unfortunately, there are naive people out there who would do just that.
Last edited by p100; 01-24-2009 at 07:28 PM.