Selling an item via - Watch out for the occasional baddie...

We urge you to take every precaution possible when dealing with buyers. We recommend only dealing with buyers who will meet you - there are very few scammers around who will be willing to meet you in person. 
  • Where possible, meet face to face to assess the buyer and exchange items and payment when you are comfortable.
  • When meeting a stranger, always ensure there is someone else with you or meet in a public place.
  • Don’t invite strangers into your home
Online selling, 'anti-scam' guidelines;
  • Trust your instincts. If it feels wrong it probably is…
  • Don’t trust overpayments, ever. This is a classic scam to get you to pay them back the difference then find that the original payment is cancelled / returned.
  • Always confirm the buyer has paid before handing over the item. Don't take the buyer's word for it. Even cheques cleared in the bank are not 100% safe, (see the article below).
  • If you are sending bikes via couriers – you should choose the courier and make sure your items are tracked and insured correctly. 
  • If you are being paid cash, study the notes for signs of counterfeit by feeling the paper, studying the printing, checking the watermark and the metallic thread. More information on checking for counterfeit money is at the Bank of England web site
  • If you are receiving money through PayPal, ensure you meet the requirements of their seller protection scheme. This includes retaining proof of delivery that can be tracked online. 
  • If you are receiving money through PayPal or other online payment service, don't rely on an email confirmation that you have received funds as this may have been faked. Always log into your account to confirm this by typing the address directly into your browser (don't follow links in the email). Also note that PayPal does NOT hold funds pending delivery of an item
  • NEVER give out sensitive personal financial information (e.g. PayPal info, checking account number, SSN, etc.) 

Other suspicious indicators
  • Someone is asking to communicate directly by email rather than using the messaging service.  
  • A buyer offers to purchase a valuable item sight unseen, or has no interest in the items condition or features, they may be more interested in your money

​Here is an independent article for more advice about common online scams 
Here's some great advice on advance payment or overpayment scams - advanced & overpay scams

If you notice any suspicious activity please feel free to report to

Sorry for the scary warning, hopefully it won’t affect you but it’s best to be aware!