Scammers target online bike sales

No sooner had I listed my 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport on an online classifieds site than I started getting responses from scammers.

They came through email, phone message and various social media platforms.

The shortest was:

Hello, what is your address?

The longest and most elaborate began with:

G’day mate, what is the current condition and why are you selling it?

I answered hesitantly, then I received this follow-up:

Thanks for the quick response and also advise on the minimum amount you would like to donate as I am buying this for my holiday home and due to the nature of my job and location…I will not be able to come for inspection I am kind of very busy as I work long hours every day, I went through your ad and I’m happy with it. I have a private courier who will pick up the parcel once payment is made… As for payment, I will pay you via PayPal. Please get back to me with your PayPal details so I can process the payment, OR you can also send your bsb and account number if you don’t have a PayPal account. Please answer me with the following questions: account number, account name, BSB number.

Obviously, these are details that you should never divulge to an unknown source.

The best advice I can give you is that if it sounds too good to be true, it’s a scam. So ignore it.

In 2021, 286,000 Australians were scammed of A$323 million, an 84% increase from 2020.

The rise is attributed to increased online shopping due to Covid lockdowns.

Scammers aren’t the only ones who want to sell their bikes.

Buyers are also targeted.

Here is an example. The bicycle is offered at a very low price by a member (usually a woman) of the armed forces who must sell quickly because he is posted abroad.

The buyer is asked to make payment to an escrow account which ends up in a bank account in Eastern Europe or Africa and the vehicle is never delivered.

Other seller scams include bikes that are unsafe to ride, have hidden history, or are stolen.

The best way to beat scammers is to beware of low prices and quick sales.

Never finalize the purchase or sale online. Always meet the seller or buyer in person.

Carry out all relevant checks on the good faith of the bicycle. Click here for more information.

If a buyer wants you to pay to a third-party or escrow account, insist that you select the account.

Click here for more details and tips on how sellers can beat scammers.

Ducati for sale

Ducati 1100 Scrambler Sport

If you want to know why I’m selling my beloved Ducati, it’s simply because I’ve never owned a motorcycle for more than two years and it’s now a record.

This is the model with fully adjustable Ohlins straps front and back. If you’ve never cycled with Ohlins before, you’re definitely missing out on something special.

I’m selling it for A$15,900 with a few extras: invented and made in Australia Dynamoto front and rear supports that lift both wheels off the ground and allow you to push it sideways on rollers (a $750 value); Saddle bag Nelson Rigg; QuadLock phone mount and handlebar end mirrors in matching black and gold.

It has 28,871 km on the clock, new chain and sprocket and Pirelli Angel GT tires with only a few 000 km on the clock.

Call me… but don’t expect me to reveal all my bank details!

About Todd Wurtsbach

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