Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The scam update

(that didn't take too long)

I get an email this morning:

Hello,

How are you?

Thank you for your interest in my 2003 Suzuki Hayabusa.
This bike is powered by a 1300cc engine in great runing condition. It looks perfectly and runs acordingly. It is super clean, has excellent brakes and tires and is ready to ride. This is a great looking, great running bike. You will find no damages, scratches, cracked plastics or bent metals on it. Stored in a climate controlled garage its entire life. It carries the factory warranty. This bike is perfect in every way. Unable to tell from new!

Barely ridden by adult, kept in garage all the time. Only 1283 miles. Clear title in hand and ready to sign. Owners manual in English. Bill of sale provided once with the bike. I am the only owner.
All documents, including owner's manual in english, clear title and bill of sale will be provided along with the bike.

I am located in London, United Kingdom. I was promoted and I moved here last month with my family. I took the bike with me and I took great care of this beauty. Now I am looking for a sale because I have to put up a payment for my house and I need the cash.

I attached a few pictures of the bike. I have more, so just ask.
Get back to me asap so we can talk more.

Thank you!
Dan




Note how Dan conveniently lives in the UK.

The good news is that the pictures he sent are actually a 2003. Most of these types of scams advertise a "bone stock 2001" and send pictures of a lowered, turbo 1999.


So I reply, making this a little more work for Dan:

Hi there, the pictures look great!

I was wondering if you could send me a few more, though, the pictures
you sent are only of the right side, could you take a few of the left
side and the rear?

Also, could you tell me if you did the 600 mile maintenance (oil
change, valve check)? I hear that it is very important to do with
these bikes. Did you do it or did you bring it to a Suzuki
dealership?

Also, I was unaware of the fact that the bike is in London. Did you
buy it in the States? I don't think I'm interested if I have to deal
with registering the bike without a U.S. title.

Scams

So, I get an IM from a friend at work yesterday:

so does a '03 Suzuki Hayabusa with 1,283 miles for $5,000 seem like a good deal?

Yup. It is. Too good of a deal. Apparently someone left this classified ad in the local (Madison) paper:

SUZUKI '03 Hayabusa: LIKE NEW! Garage
Kept! Silver Only 1,283 miles. $5,000/offer email: nlneve2@aol.com Dan


Now, there's a lot of things that I haven't done, climbed Mt Everest, jumped out of an airplane, played around with a scammer. Time to scratch off one of those.

So I send an email:

Hi, I noticed the ad for the Hayabusa you have for sale in the local paper. Could you tell me a little more about it? Maybe send some
pictures?

Thanks,

Jason


Friday, April 01, 2005

Google Gulp

I'm sitting here this morning thinking, "Hey! I have a blog. I should use it."

Google Gulp