The solution is simplicity itself. Tell the prospective "buyer" that you would be happy to sell him the bike through his "agent," but, in this case, you require cash and nothing but cash. Remember, a cashier's check, bank check, certified check or money order is worthless with these guys. By the time you find out that the instrument is junk, the scammer is long gone--with your bike.
Steve Barner, expecting more snow in Bolton, Vermont
> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 19:53:09 -0800 (PST)
> From: Peter Naiman <email@example.com>
> To: classicrendezvous <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [CR]Scammers are out there. Be carefull !!
> I posted a frame this afternoon to both the I-Bob list
> and Craigslist that is currently on Ebay. I'd have
> posted to the CR, but it has been posted to this list
> already. Since posting it on Craigslist I've been on
> thr receiving on of two email with offers from folks
> overseas who have a local contact who will pick up the
> frame. Below this note is the text of the email.
> You'll notice this person is on vacation in West
> Africa, but based in Holland, and also wants to know
> if my frame is stolen property. The second offer to
> purchase was worded very much the same way, and also
> wanted to know if this frame was my personal property.
> Be carefull
> Peter Naiman
> Shorewood, WI
> i saw your advert am highly intrested and it fits
> what i have been searching for.I am okay with the
> price.i am currently not in your country,to be precise
> i'm in western africa on a business trip and am base
> in HOLLAND In term of shipping don't bother yourself,
> I have an international shipping agent that take good
> care of my goods he'll be coming to your location for
> the pickup sorry if i may ask,is this your personal
> property because i dont want to involve myself with
> stolen properties for sale.so let me no the current
> #........ Have a nice day
> Peter Naiman Alias Hetchinspete4420 North Ardmore AvenueShorewood, WI 53211-1418