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Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:13 am



I almost bit on this one. Well I did partly bite. Got this email:
How’s it going.. Idk if your getting my msgs so this would be the 4th time. Im the same person that tried to msg
you earlier so.. resending:
My son saw the ad for your bike. He is located in Lordsburg, NM and he is considering getting her. You can msg him at michaelrrodriguezz71 (at) gmail
Warmest!
Anya Rodriguez

I thought, hey, interest at last, so I sent an email to him. Got this back after initial contact:
I have the money and I'm planning to purchase your motorcycle if
everything looks good, but before driving to you I would like to see a
vin fax report that you can run it at https://roadfaxit.com. I'm
asking you as a precaution. Don't get me wrong, I'd buy it but in the
last two weeks, I've driven hundreds of miles and bought three reports
just to see some motorcycle crap. I'm not a perfectionist, but I don't
want to buy junk like others can you feel me? And, I'll give you the
money back if there's nothing serious like frame damage for example.
Please notify me when you can send me a copy.

:shock: I bought the report, but as soon as I clicked "pay now" I got that sick feeling in my stomach, the "OMG, why didn't you see this for what it is BEFORE you sent a payment??"

I actually got a VIN report (clean bike, duh) but I've been watching my bank account ever since; I even called the bank 10 minutes after sending the money because I've been down the stolen CC route before. So far I've dodged the bullet.

I bit because the first feeler email from "mom" claimed her son was in Lordsburg, which is fairly local. I drive two and three hundred miles to buy bikes myself, so seemed legit. But the de-identified note from the guy himself should have stopped me dead in my tracks. :x Idiot.

So far I'm only out the $24 for the VIN check. A search says Roadfaxit is a US company but the money went to the UK, along with a foreign transaction fee to further ignite my knickers. I don't know what the angle is on asking for a VIN check, but it could be a way for some tosser to get rich $24 bucks at a time. Or maybe lure me in some other way. And of course, I haven't heard any more from either of these people.

So for those as gullible as me, watch out for this one. :oops:


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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by dingdong » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:06 pm

Maybe you will luck out. Every time I list a bike for sale I get those same VIN check scams. I haven't fallen for it though. lol
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:37 pm

dingdong wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:06 pm
Maybe you will luck out. Every time I list a bike for sale I get those same VIN check scams. I haven't fallen for it though. lol
This is the first time I've seen it. Last year it was a too-good-to-be-true CB750 for $500. "I'm overseas with Uncle Sam and need it to go to a good home. Can't text, can't get phone calls, can only email occasionally. Put $500 on an eBay gift card, scratch off the back to reveal the numbers, tell me what they are and I'll get the bike shipped to you free." I finally woke up on that one when I figured out 500 is the max you can put on one of those cards. I played with them for a few emails, saying I'd sent the numbers on the card already; they got pissed.

So now it seems they can add local info to their phishing tackle, I'll be a bunch more diligent going forward.
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by wordpit » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:56 am

The site looks legit. The pay-in-the-UK thing depends on the payment processor. Every company uses different payment processor, that's not a starting point. But I saw that the site has verified address and a few reliable partners, I even found a few Craigslist sellers who posted this report. I'll buy a report and see what happens.. LOL.

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by minimac » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:07 am

Just tell the "purchaser" to buy the report. If they truly want the machine, and it's a legitimate concern, tell them you'll refund the $10-$25 dollars THEY spent for it when they pay for the bike.

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:45 am

wordpit wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:56 am
The site looks legit. The pay-in-the-UK thing depends on the payment processor. Every company uses different payment processor, that's not a starting point. But I saw that the site has verified address and a few reliable partners, I even found a few Craigslist sellers who posted this report. I'll buy a report and see what happens.. LOL.
Hey, first poster, welcome!
ust tell the "purchaser" to buy the report. If they truly want the machine, and it's a legitimate concern, tell them you'll refund the $10-$25 dollars THEY spent for it when they pay for the bike.
Yeah, I'm hip. Just got caught up in the phish, which apparently works buying or selling :oops:
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by wordpit » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:59 pm

Hello to everyone.
So, I paid for the report but I still didn't get it so I thought I'd call. A lady named Kimberly told me that the report is still pending and that I will receive it in a few hours. From my point of view the site is legit, so far LOL. But I will come back with an update...

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:39 pm

It took right at five hours for my report to come through.
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by roadfaxit » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:05 pm

Yes, it is spam. I am currently selling my old Kawi online and got Gmail from the same name and same link to roadfaxit. Sorry you paid the service, the guy is a shill for them and is definitely a spammer.

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 pm

Well, it gets sadder. My bank called this morning to ask about some charges they had flagged; they weren't mine. Could be a coincidence that someone got our card number (it happens) but just seems damned unlikely. It was mainly nickel-and-time stuff, but adds up. In the old days they charged plane tickets, TVs and VCRs, and one time there was a charge for some sex toy that i KNOW i didn't buy! So the card is canceled and we wait for the new ones.
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:09 am

we just got back from a long six week vacation run thru the Southeastern states.

knowing that I was going to put a debit card in a whole slew of foreign to me ATMs, and gas pumps, I set up a 2nd checking account with the credit union, and they gave me a debit card for that 2nd account.

I then just put in $300 bux to cover fuel for a day or two while pulling the RV rig, the Suburban gulps fuel like a hog in the slop bucket.

at the end of day, I would review the charges on that account, and replenish it when needed.
That kept my main checking account hidden from view of poachers.
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by MikeB » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:10 am

Why not use a credit card instead of an ATM card?
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:59 am

flyday58 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 pm
Well, it gets sadder. My bank called this morning to ask about some charges they had flagged; they weren't mine. Could be a coincidence that someone got our card number (it happens) but just seems damned unlikely. It was mainly nickel-and-time stuff, but adds up. In the old days they charged plane tickets, TVs and VCRs, and one time there was a charge for some sex toy that i KNOW i didn't buy! So the card is canceled and we wait for the new ones.
They start out with nickles and dimes just too see if its noticed. If not things ramp up very quickly. I caught a $1.05 charge on my card last year out of Krakow Poland.

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:54 am

MikeB wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:10 am
Why not use a credit card instead of an ATM card?
Yep. :oops:
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:59 am

Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:59 am
They start out with nickles and dimes just too see if its noticed. If not things ramp up very quickly. I caught a $1.05 charge on my card last year out of Krakow Poland.
My first time was in London in 2008 while still with the airlines. Back then they went right for the jugular, charging plane and cruise tickets, venue tickets in Madrid, it ran into the thousands quickly. Now it's the little things, like you said. A pox upon them all!
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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by leftyfan » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:52 pm

I have a bike listed for sale on Craigslist and I was contacted today by someone using the very same name referenced in the OP. In his email, he said he couldn't call me because he lost his ability to speak at a young age, and would have an interpreter call me when they're on the way to pick up the bike. He asked for the VIN check and I offered to get a VIN check from any nationally recognized provider, but would not use roadfixit.com. He insisted that I use that provider. I had an uneasy feeling with the original message I received, and it got worse as it went along. Why can't these scammers use their creativity for some legitimate purpose?

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Re: Roadfaxit VIN check scam?

Post by flyday58 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:00 pm

I’m just glad I could get this perp’s name, modus and ties to roadfaxit out there to potentially save someone some grief. I’m out 24 bucks plus had to shut down my card, and I damn well knew better. Just goes to show like I think I said before, there’s just as much phishing danger to sellers as well as buyers now. I wanted the bike gone bad enough to not see the scam for what it is.


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