Fraud Prevention & Safety When Selling Your Motorcycle

While selling your motorcycle online is affordable, fast, and easy, it also comes with some risks, such as online scams and fraudulent buyer inquires. Here are a few examples:

  1. The interested buyer is willing to pay more than the asking price for the bike, and asks you to wire the extra money to a shipper or agent.
  2. You receive a text message from an interested buyer who claims that he/she is in the military and has no access to the Internet, and would prefer to pay for the motorcycle via PayPal.
  3. The interested buyer sends you an e-mail that requires you to provide your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and bank account number.
  4. The interested buyer refuses to communicate via telephone or face-to-face, and claims to have a buying agent who will pick up the motorcycle.
  5. The offer sounds too good to be true. The interested buyer is not asking any questions about the motorcycle or asking price.
  6. The interested buyer sends you an online message that sounds too awkward and as if it was written by non-native English speaker.

We also recommend that you visit FBI's Common Fraud Schemes Page to learn about other common online scams. You can also contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center to report online scams.

If you are ever uncertain if the interested buyer who has contacted you about purchasing your motorcycle is real, we recommend that you contact us at 1-800-523-7274 or to get a second opinion. We are always more than happy to help and answer any questions that you may have.

If you haven't already listed your motorcycle for sale, get started now and sell your motorcycle.