I put the Harley up for sale on craigslist a week or so ago. A potential buyer contacted me and asked me if I could tell him something more about the "history" of the bike. I thought I had described the bike adequately in the ad... you know, the usual stuff, mileage and service history, that I was the only owner, etc. But, I wanted to be helpful, so I answered with a few more bits of info.
The next day, the potential buyer sent me the following e-mail message:
Hi again, Thanks for detailed and honest answer. I believe that the bike is in good shape. However, I'm interested in seeing a history report for your bike before I make you an offer. If you don't have one, I'd really appreciate it if you can get it from cyclevin.us because I'd like to pay you back if we make a deal, and they're a lot cheaper than carfax. I'd get it myself but I don't want to risk it being bad and just end up wasting my money. If everything is ok on the report, I would like to see the motorcycle tomorrow, If you are free. Hope to hear from you soon.
Something about that message seemed entirely too canned to me... especially that "honest answer" bit and his belief that "bike is in good shape."
So, I Googled the cyclevin.us site. I found numerous complaints of this sort.
Apparently, cyclevin.us is a phishing site with a pretty clever angle. The owner seems to scan craigslist motorcycle for sale ads all over the country. He then contacts sellers and plays out this song and dance about wanting a more detailed history of the bike.
The 25 bucks apparently just disappears into the scam artist's bank account.
My son-in-law, who sells a lot on line tells me I'm very lucky I didn't put a credit card down on this site. The site very likely is also involved in identity theft. It may also serve as a way to identify the location of cycles worth stealing.
This is the second time I put the Harley up for sale. The first time, in early spring, I received a flood of responses. But, I went down with the kidney stones and had two operations, leaving me unable to respond to anybody. Now that I've recovered and put the bike back up for sale, I'm getting very few responses.
Apparently, motorcycle buyers like to buy at the beginning of the season to get full use out of the motorcycle for an entire riding season.