Beware of Unsolicited PMs

Discussion in 'Parts' started by Retro, Nov 25, 2018.

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  1. Retro

    Retro Just the Facts Ma'am Super Moderator

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    We have discovered a possible new scam on ADV Rider. You post a WTB, and you receive a PM referring you to an alleged third party who has this part. It's all email addresses.

    If you receive one of these messages, please report them immediately.
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    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    We have banned several for sending the same PM. The PMs all come from users that have zero posts.

    If you get a reply for a WTB ad, check the profile. Every scammer that has been banned, a profile message is added, identifying them as a scammer.
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    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    The scammers are getting smarter. We have had reports that members are getting the message that ends with 'you can thank me later.' They contact and the scammer has photos and speaks intelligently about the parts or gear. They insist on being paid via friends and family. If you have a WTB ad and are contacted, be sure to only communicate via Adv PMs (conversations), as we ban them as soon as we find out; if you think it may be legit and want to pay via friends and family, insist on paying AFTER the item is received.

    If you have ANY doubt at all, report the PM. We will look into it and ban if it is a scammer.
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