I logged in there a few moments ago, just out of curiosity, and there have been a few posts there since I left, most of which concern a scam that seems to be gaining momentum, especially through low-cost advertisers like Friday-Ad, where the level of supervision of the advertisers is necessarily minimal. It's a classic scam which no-one with any common sense would be taken in by, but it seems to be working with some:
- Advert appears in a small-ads paper (or its associated website) for a desirable bike at a suspiciously low price
- Caller responds and is given details and an email contact
- Bike is held at a 'shipping agent' and money must be sent to the agent by Moneygram or Western Union and held there
- When money is received, bike will be delivered to buyer
- When buyer is happy with the purchase, agent will send money to seller.
It's amazing that, in this day and age, people are still being taken in by scams like this. But some people seem to be trusting souls - perhaps bikers more than others, as we tend to band together and trust each other in a way that doesn't happen elsewhere. A lot of the anger is being directed at the website and publication, for hosting the adverts in the first place.
In the old, old words, which cannot be repeated often enough: if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.