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Fraud

Please note that Motorcycle.com does NOT sell motorcycles of any type, and usage of our online classifieds is at your own risk. Please beware of scams and fraud.

Commonly used techniques of scammers:
  • pretending to be associated with motorcycle.com (we do not sell motorcycles, nor do we participate in the classifieds transactions)
  • requesting money by Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, or offering some form of "guarantee". We recommend you use a credible online Escrow service such as www.escrow.com for handling all monetary transactions.
  • inability or refusal to meet in-person before consummating a transaction
  • requesting a "deposit" or "money upfront" for things like shipping, or to avoid selling it to another buyer.
  • never send money to overseas or offshore banking locations. We highly recommend using an online Escrow service for safe transactions.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on Motorcycle.com may be part of a scam, please email the details to "abuse@motorcycle.com". Be sure to include the URL of the motorcycle for sale in your message.

Examples of Scams
  1. Someone claims that Motorcycle.com will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that Motorcycle.com will handle or provide protection for a payment.
    • These claims are fraudulent, as Motorcycle.com does not have any role in any transaction.
    • Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to come from Motorcycle.com, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!
  2. distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check
    • you receive an email offering to buy your motorcycle sight unseen with very little information requested.
    • cashier's check is offered for your sale item for just about anything of value.
    • value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
    • banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
    • scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)
  3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
    • Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
    • Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
    • Motorcycle listing may be local, but owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money to them abroad
    • Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, below market, etc
  4. distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
    • this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE
    • scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
    • deal often seems too good to be true
  5. distant seller suggests use of an unknown online escrow service.
    • most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
    • for more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud"
    • we suggest only using www.escrow.com for safe escrow transactions.
  6. distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods
    • he says he trusts you with the partial payment
    • he may say he has already shipped the motorcycle
    • deal often sounds too good to be true
If you have any questions, or when in-doubt, just don't do it. You should feel 100% comfortable with the Seller in any transaction. The best way to avoid scams is to be very cautious and not get overly excited about a deal that is "too good to be true". If you come across a scam, please immediately report it to your local authorities as well as to abuse@motorcycle.com for immediate removal.