May 18, 2022

No sooner had I listed my 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport on the market with an internet labeled website than I began to obtain replies from scammers.

They got here through electronic mail, telephone message and numerous social media platforms.

The shortest was:

Hello, what’s your handle?

The longest and most elaborate began with:

G’day mate, what’s the current situation and why are you promoting it?

I hesitantly replied after which acquired this follow-up:

Thanks for the swift response and do as properly advise on the least quantity you’ll like to offer it away as i’m shopping for this for my vacation house and because of the nature of my job and placement…i won’t be able to come back for inspection, am a really busy sort as i work lengthy hours day-after-day, i’ve gone via your commercial and i’m glad with it. I’ve a personal courier agent that can come for the decide up after the cost has been made… Relating to the cost, I shall be paying you thru PayPal. Please get again to me along with your PayPal particulars so i can course of the cost, OR you’ll be able to alternatively ship your bsb and account quantity if in case you have no PayPal account. Kindly get again to me with the next questions: Account quantity, Account identify, BSB quantity.

Clearly these are particulars you need to by no means disclose to an unknown supply.

The very best recommendation I can provide you is that if it seems too good to be true, it’s a rip-off. So simply ignore it.

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In 2021, 286,000 Aussies have been scammed of $A323m, a rise of 84% over 2020.

The rise is put right down to the rise in on-line buying resulting from Covid lockdowns.

It’s not simply riders in search of to promote their bike who’re focused by scammers.

Consumers are additionally focused.

Right here is an instance. The bike is obtainable at a really low cost worth by a member (normally feminine) of the armed forces who must promote rapidly as they’re being posted abroad.

The client is requested to submit cost into an escrow account which results in a checking account in Jap Europe or Africa and the car is rarely delivered.

Different vendor scams embrace bikes which can be unsafe to experience, have a hidden historical past or are stolen.

One of the simplest ways to beat the scammers is to be cautious of low costs and fast gross sales.

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By no means full the acquisition or sale on-line. All the time meet the vendor or purchaser in particular person.

Do all of the related checks on the bike’s bona fides. Click on right here for extra data.

If a purchaser needs you to pay right into a third-party or escrow account, insist that you choose the account.

Click on right here for extra particulars and recommendations on how sellers can beat scammers.

Ducati on the market

Ducati 1100 Scrambler Sport

If you wish to know why I’m promoting my beloved Ducati, it’s just because I’ve by no means owned a motorbike greater than two years and that is now a file.

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That is the mannequin with the absolutely adjustable Ohlins suspenders back and front. When you’ve by no means ridden a motorbike with Ohlins earlier than, you actually are lacking out on one thing particular.

I’m promoting it for $A15,900 with a number of extras: Aussie-invented and made Dynamoto entrance and rear stands that get each wheels off the bottom and can help you push it sideways on rollers (value $750); Nelson-Rigg tailbag; QuadLock telephone holder and bar-end mirrors in matching black and gold.

It has 28,871km on the clock, new chain and sprocket and Pirelli Angel GT tyres with only some 000km on them.

Give me a name … simply don’t count on me to disclose all my banking particulars!