BikeHQ Guides: Motorbike SCAM WARNING

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Watch out for scammers on all motorcycle classified sites. In addition, I have been contacted by a number of our customers saying they have experienced the same on ebay.

The team here at BikeHQ are aware of an e-mail scam that fraudsters are trying out on unsuspecting bikers.

The scam involves an e-mail/ebay question asking if the bike is still for sale – commonly the spelling, grammar and language in the e-mail are notably poor – even worse than in this note! See examples below.

The potential buyer asks a number of standard questions such as is the bike still available, the condition, final asking price etc. They then claim that someone in the UK owes them money and if they can arrange the cheque made payable to yourself for the bike – you’re also asked to arrange delivery and take your costs, which is nice of them! However, they then ask you to send the balance of the cheque, which is often substantially greater than the asking price for your bike, to them. Guess what, the original never cheque clears!

Below are a couple of examples that we have received here at BikeHQ:

1. I am Ben. How are you doing today?Hope your day is Great.I wish you Happy New Year.So i Saw your Posted Advert on Advertisment,so am Intrested to Purchase it from you.So i will Like you to tell me the Condition and the Scan the Pictures for me also tell me the Last Price of it for sale.So the Payment Option is by Certified Cheque from European.Thanks and Get back to me as soon as Possible if it is still Available for Sale.It's my Pleasure in doing Business with you in
Future. Cheers

2. I am interested in buying your bike and i will like you to mail me the general condition of the car  and the final asking price of it, so pls i will like you to mail me the pictures so that we can discuss more about the payment. Thanks hope to read from you soon

3. i am mark by name , Am interested in buying your posted item..Please let me know if its still for sale and the  conditionand the last asking prize.I await your response to the questions and i will proceed with purchase immediately because is highly needed for a Birthday Presentation coming up at the End Of This Month 2006.So Kindly get back to me asap.Your quick response to this mail is highly needed asap  okay...await your reply..
Regard Mark

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