My recent Craigslist For Sale listing for a 2007 VStrom 650 (similar to the listing I posted last week in the PNW Riders Classifieds) attracted a scam artist. It's kind of interesting and a cautionary tale for anyone wanting to sell a motorcycle via the internet. Here's the story. I replied to an email sent through Craigslist, answering a few questions asked by a prospective buyer, and received a reply offering to buy the bike using Paypal. The buyer would credit my Paypal account and I would provide an address to have the bike picked by a shipper. This is a scam that has been reported by several internet users. A Google search turns up several variations of it. For anyone interested, here's a copy of the scam email text. "Thanks for the mail, I'm interested in buying this item for my son and I'm okay with the price, I'm a Subsea Engineer and currently offshore I want this as a surprise gift for my son so I won't let him to be aware until delivery. I feel more comfortable to handle the payment through PayPal due to their various security measures and ensuring safety and secured transaction between both buyers and seller and kindly reply me with your paypal email address for me to processed with the payment, incase you do not have an account with paypal you can easily set-up an account with them today as it's secured and reliable in terms of transaction arrangement. Visit their website on www.paypal.com I will be responsible for the paypal charges. My movers would come around for the pick up as soon as possible, after the payment has been sent to you and your full address and phone number will be needed for the freight arrangement I would love to speak with you through the phone but due to the nature of my work as a Subsea Engineer i work mainly at the Sea of Okhotsk and our phone is down on the rig right now due to bad weather, We can still communicate through the email exchange for now. I will be looking forward to read from you in real soon with the paypal email address and your full address including phone number for the freight arrangement." Note the weird story, odd phrasing, non-local buyer and offer to use Paypal this way should raise red flag warnings for a prospective seller.