Safety precautions when buying or selling
Fact of life: There are all sorts of scams and dishonest people in the world. Here are some ways to minimize the impact they may have on your life. Some of this advice is geared to sellers and some to buyers; mix & match.
You may not want to bring people you don't know into your home. If they end up buying the bike, they'll know your address anyway, as it's on the title. But people who come to look may not necessarily be there to look at your bike. They could be looking at what you have to steal, what kinds of security/locks/precautions have been made, etc.... It has happened that people were burglarized after showing things they had for sale. There have also been instances where people will offer an item they don't even possess, ask you to bring cash to the meet, and then mug you.
You might want to consider some of these options:
There are lots of Craigslist scams out there. Here are a couple ways to avoid some of them while selling.
First of all, the Craigslist site states: NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.). Here is a link that will tell you more: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
Here are some specific things to watch for from some of our members:
Don’t take Paypal. There’s no reason to for a local sale. Anyone wanting to Paypal you may be up to no good, such as stealing your account info.
Never use the same email address for Craigslist as you do for eBay or Paypal. You can set up a separate email account that you use only for Craigslist at any of the online email providers (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.).
Ask for a phone number with any reply emails, and delete any that don’t include their phone number. Sample ad intro:
Beware of anyone using more than one email address. If you receive an email from someone and it has one name and email address in the From line, but when you reply to the email it changes who the email is going to, it’s a scammer. The first thing to do when you receive an email from someone wanting information about the item you have up for sale is to hit reply. If the contact names don't match up, don’t reply, and then immediately delete their email.
Beware of any language or wording that doesn’t sound quite right. They may be using a form scam letter and modifying it to fit your particular item. If it sounds hinky, be suspicious.