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Offline ZEBB100

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parts scam
« on: 04 Aug 2020 at 14:34 »
 Hi , warning to other members ,
 I placed a add in the old bike mart for some dragonfly parts , to make a long story short i was contacted by a Kelvin Max  ( kmax20665@gmail.com ) saying he had some parts for sale , so i replied with a list of parts i was
wanting , got a second email with yes i have all the parts £590.00  with a photo of the bike he was wrecking ( his words not mine ) as he was unable to get parts ! the photo was a copy from google images  of a dragonfly sold on a site that has had a £1500.00 engine rebuild , a cream bike green seat reg TYR ###    same fence same shed.
 Smelling a rat i played along and offered to buy the whole bike , but the reply was no as his son was building one ! thinking on my feet i told mr max that my dad runs a national van repair company and a worker could pop in to remove the parts wanted and pay cash , reply i got was due to codvid-19  this was not a option but send the cash and he would pay a mechanic to remove the parts and post to me !
 So i then emailed again asking for close up photos of the parts for sale saying some times Douglas fitted different parts at the end of a production ( don`t know if they did ?  ) and the reply was along the line that he is 89 today and never stolen from anyone ect but let him have my address so he can cost the posting of parts to me . even though i`ve offered to have them collected !
 At this time i have not replied to Mr max .
I did google the email address  ( kmax20665@gmail.com )  and it came up on a Henderson site.
i have left Kelvin Max  waiting at the moment .
i know a lot of people use other sites and club forums so please pass this on - i MAY ? be wrong but i do think this is a scam as ive asked for address / mobile number / bank account number to pay funds in ect

 On the bright side had a couple of replies about parts so the old girl is getting a bit closer to the open road .

Gary

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #1 on: 06 Aug 2020 at 19:28 »
Hi Gary,
Well done.
Have you reported this to 'Actionfraud' the government agency which deals with this sort of thing. Maybe a size 12 could go and kick Kelvin's door down.
www.actionfraudalert.co.uk

Cheers
Peter

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #2 on: 06 Aug 2020 at 19:45 »
Many years ago I was chasing a BSA Sloper tank & placed an ad on a beesa site. Same as you Gary, a guy had an immaculate Sloper that he was pulling apart. I knew straight away that it was a scam as no one wreaks a fully restored bike.
  He wanted to money first so he could pay his mechanic to take off the tank 😂.
I did play with him for a few emails. He didnít like it when I said it has only 4 bolts holding it on. He blamed me for wasting his time. 😂😂

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #3 on: 08 Aug 2020 at 07:26 »
Hi
Remember that these guys are nasty so playing them along could have repercussions. They probably work the dark web and could put your email and any other info they have gleaned from you, out there so possibly spam and scams galore.
Play safe.
Cheers
Peter

Offline ZEBB100

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #4 on: 10 Aug 2020 at 07:54 »
Hi , yes have stopped now , after the chap could not provide photos i gave up , but other than a couple of very late night calls to the home phone all is good.
but on the good side of things have been called from some very nice people so the spares list is getting shorter

 Thanks Gary

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #5 on: 11 Aug 2020 at 19:09 »
Sorry to say this is not uncommon these days, through my own website (that is easily viewable and accessable by thieving Sh**S, just as it is for real enthusiasts) I have had a few of these in the last 5 years.

Giveaway trademark of that kind of scum is to say 'we have just what you are looking for, as we are stripping a complete bike . . . because we dont have time to get it ready for the road any more', and then post a photo they have clearly grabbed from the nearest Pinterest site they can find.
It normally does not take many questions to work out the caller is suspect . . . at which point I politely tell them to go away.

It is a real shame that in the hobby we love - where most of us are proud of what we have built and kept running - that there are lowlifes that just want to inflict misery for a quick and dishonest buck.
Hey ho,
Paul
www.RacingVincent.co.uk

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #6 on: 15 Aug 2020 at 23:08 »
 Update , no calls at 11.59 , had reset the home phones and the alarm -wake up call was set for that time ! ho how the other half is going to see the funny side !
still think its going to cost me a take away
Gary

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Re: parts scam
« Reply #7 on: 28 Aug 2020 at 02:15 »
 just a new name to add to the list ,  "Nicolas Islo" <nicolasislo7@gmail.com> , this time a nice black dragonfly off the net ,  said id pay well over the odds for the bike but no other guy wants parts !
 

 

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