Post by RedAndBlack on Jun 17, 2022 8:34:08 GMT -7
TL;DR: Scammers are routinely registering on this forum and then messaging members soliciting them with parts they want in order to convince them to send money via paypal or some other payment and then never send the part.
We've had multiple attempts and at least one confirmed report of a member being scammed through "Where/Want to Buy (WTB)" threads. In these instances, both members provided uncommon and atypical email addresses for registration and were accessing the site via VPN. The one member had an avatar of a car wheel that reverse google searched to a Russian Car Forum in contrast to his email that was from a Chinese domain. Most, if not all, attempted to move the conversation off of the forum and into email communication.
Since these initial events, we have had probably about a dozen accounts banned for this. Here's some tips to avoid this:
1. Be weary of dealing with new members with low or zero post counts. Always use paypal goods purchase with members who have not established a history on this forum. Every members post and thread history is available via their profile.
2. Be weary of "cold messages" where members offer you a part out of the blue through Private Message and especially when they redirect you to communicate through email instead. Posting about a seat you are thinking of buying and all the sudden you have a member hitting you up to sell you one? TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO MAKE SURE IT IS LEGIT.
3. Be weary of uncommon payment methods and overpayment. Got a member hitting you up offering you a money order for $50 over asking? It's too good to be true.
4. If provided with photos of a part, is it a generic photo from a parts website? Use tools like Google Reverse Image Search to determine if the photo you received has other origins.
5. Does the location of the person you're talking to make sense? If they post on their profile that they are from New York, NY, telling you in messages that they are shipping the item from Florida, and using broken English, this could be a sign of a scam.
Please contact me immediately if you suspect another member of being a scam account. I can access the email they registered with and see what kind of IP addresses they are utilizing to access the forum to help better determine if an account is suspect.
I will attempt to review new members joining the forum for indicators and will either ban the accounts or raise their "warning level" if I'm in the process of reaching out to see if its a legit account. I will post this on all "WTB" threads for the near future.
It's funny you mentioned that. I'm looking for a top case and working with a legit member, then user who has been I identified as potential scammer PM me his (friend's email). Out of curiosity I went ahead and hit them up. Individual sent very nice pics and basically quoted msrp price. I chuckled and replied I got a better offer. He matched the price without hesitation. Very suspicious, I haven't responded.
I'm in the telecommunications industry and scammer are attacking from all sides.
More scam activity detected today. There's definitely a pattern in usernames. Here's a bunch that have been discovered, you see they are all pretty similar as far as format goes. Nonsensical word followed by 4 or 5 seemingly random numbers. Two of the people had car related photos as their avatar. Pretty suspect for a motorcycle forum.
vowog25935 rakok64703 nomix44353 cigoxe9443
Although it is not a definite. For example, we had one person banned with this name. Still a nonsensical word but with no numbers afterwards:
Be safe, stay vigilant. When in doubt, just report it. Especially if they are new to the forum.
Post by RedAndBlack on Feb 3, 2023 17:04:18 GMT -7
This one was a little different and a lot more skilled. The account is a year old so I don't know if it was just some type of sleeper account or a legit account that got it's password stolen.
Was suspicious that he was all the sudden active, making quick posts welcoming people to the forum after a year of no activity.
A member messaged me today confirming he was attempting to scam. There was an attempt to move the conversation off of the forum and onto email and the scammer even attempted to use another member with a higher post count to vouch for them.