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Most likely it got pulled. There are a TON of [email protected] scammers on that site and they all use the same gimmicks.



They will either claim they are out of the country and the bike is located in the states somewhere or, like this one, they push hard and heavy that they will pay shipping fees.



A good test is to tell them you will pick it up from whatever state they are claiming to be in and they will insist that it needs to be shipped for a multitude of dumb reasons.



There are good things to be found on craigslist, but there are a bunch of really lame scammers out there, too.
 

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It's a common scam. There is no "eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection" escrow service. They'll have you transfer money to a fake escrow web site that looks perfectly legitimate. You'll never hear from them again.



-David

 

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I've been watching Kawi 250 Ninjas come and go on Craig's List the past month and an excellent one became available for $3200, about $200 less than a new one. About four more came and went all 1 to 3 years old and asking prices from $2100 to $2600. After those disappeared the $3200 one was re-offered for $3000 and may still be listed.



That is the reality of legitimate bike selling on Craig's list.



The only bargain I noticed during this time was a complete and running 1965 Tiger Cub for $1400 - a steal at that price. I inquired about it one day too late and it sold out from under me.
 

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Simple way of figuring out if it's a scam. Offer to forget the shipping, insurance, Ebay protection, and all the other bullshyt and offer to pick it up in person and pay in cash even if you can't do it. Scammers will never get back to you.
 

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I did this once and the guy took me up on it; I said there was no way I'm buying an 800 dollar plane ticket to look at a bike I might not buy, and he said 'lets drive and meet halfway.' He knew I wouldn't do either one though. He also said he was in MI; plain and simple scammer.
 

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Scam, Scam, Scam. The buyer will get his money through the pay pal account, but unless you can see the bike, it's current condition, confirm vin info, etc you can almost be sure you will get screwed. Hey - he might even thank you while he's screwing you. The locations is a clue. Currently the market is flooded(no pun intended) with vehicles damaged from the huricanes and the florida location is not that far from L.A... If you really want it, tell the guy you are on your way down to see the bike with a pickup and ask that he meet with you at the location. An ounce of prevention...
 

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One of the guys working for me just sent $4k away for a new Rhino 4-wheeler he found on e-bay. Last he heard the money was wired to Italy. A task force in NY has been in touch with him but they admitted the money is gone.



I don't have the heart to bring it up. He's a great guy and retired machinist that really can't afford the $4k.

I've only purchased one bike in 20 that was "too good to be true" (in person with cash)

 

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Just answer this for yourself: Would you be selling it for that price? No? Why would anybody else?



And why list it in city X if the bike is located in Y ? Would you do that or would you list it where you live? And if so, did you check the local listing for whereever he claims the bike ot be?



I can't belive you thought even for a second that this could be true. On top of every craigslist is a warning. Read that warning.
 

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If it sounds too good to be true .. it probably is ..
 

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When I sold my MV Agusta (sniff), a couple of potential buyers mentioned they saw one on Craig's list for $9000. I told 'em to go ahead and buy it if they thought it was that good of a deal.



The ad was from some "kid" saying he was selling all his bikes because he was going back to college. He claimed to have a Brutale, a Ducati 996 and one other bike.



I remember how poor I was in college so I new the ad was bullsh$t and ended up selling the MV to a buyer who knew the ad was BS too.



I just got an email from a 1st lady of some country I've never heard of saying that if I assisted her with a wire transfer of 15 million into another account she would pay me a fee of 1 million!



Think I should go for it?
 

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I did that once on an ad from a chick selling a "brand new plasma" tv since she broke up with her boyfriend.



She was in Orange County so I said I'd pick it up in person. Never heard from her again.
 

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Save yourself alot of heartache, lost money and purchase local or brand new from the dealer. usually if its too good to be true, it is. I've read about a few guys on 1000rr.net forums who have been taken by scams just like this: lives in one location while the bike is at another. DON'T DO IT!
 

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Notice the final statment I put in the story.

"Part of me wanted to buy it but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I felt that if the deal was legit that it would be cheating the seller. I also felt that the odds of the deal being legit where slim to none."



Everyone dreams of calling that classified ad in the paper about an old Chevy only to find that it is a 65 fuelie vette that a clueless person is selling.

I found it interesting is how they prey on greed. I was thinking when I first saw the ad wow if it is in Miami I could go and check it out in person and even take it to a shop down there to check it out . I had already told the person in the ad, thanks but no thanks before I posted it here.



I posted this mainly so everyone could see what to watch out for. This seemed like a classic scam.

 

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Actually yes there is

http://pages.ebay.com/motors/services/purchase-protection.html

The problem is that bike wasn't on EBay.

If I was going to run a scam like this I would do it like this.

Husband just passed away selling his old Yamaha motorcycle $2500. Very few miles, he didn't ride it much. He bought it right after he became ill. Hate to see it go but need the money.

And then show a YZF R1.
 
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