August 18, 2022

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

They got here by way of e-mail, cellphone message and numerous social media platforms.

The shortest was:

Hello, what’s your deal with?

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 nicely advise on the least quantity you’ll like to present it away as i’m shopping for this for my vacation residence and as a result of nature of my job and site…i won’t be able to return for inspection, am a really busy sort as i work lengthy hours every single day, i’ve gone by means of your commercial and i’m happy with it. I’ve a non-public courier agent that may come for the choose up after the cost has been made… Relating to the cost, I might be paying you thru PayPal. Please get again to me along with your PayPal particulars so i can course of the cost, OR you may alternatively ship your bsb and account quantity you probably have no PayPal account. Kindly get again to me with the next questions: Account quantity, Account title, BSB quantity.

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

The perfect recommendation I may give 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 had been scammed of $A323m, a rise of 84% over 2020.

The rise is put right down to the rise in on-line purchasing as a result of Covid lockdowns.

It’s not simply riders searching for 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 customer is requested to submit cost into an escrow account which results in a checking account in Japanese Europe or Africa and the automobile isn’t delivered.

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

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

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

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

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 tips about 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 motorcycle greater than two years and that is now a report.

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

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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 assist you to push it sideways on rollers (value $750); Nelson-Rigg tailbag; QuadLock cellphone 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 just a few 000km on them.

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