Regarding Scams and Scammers

Guys,

Lately the Scamming Activity on Our Forum has intensified.

A couple of Weeks ago, a Scammer was able to steal $1000 bucks in less than 15 minutes by hacking established Members' Accounts. This is the Pretender Scammer. Pretty Slick.

This successful Hit has attracted even more Scams and Scammers.

The most common Scam is a Scammer selling an Item that He doesn't have using stolen Photos and/or Ads. Tineye, a Reverse Image Search Engine, may help identify these Copy Cats: https://tineye.com/ . This Search Engine catches most but not all repeat Images.

Google the Email Addresses and the Phone Numbers. Lots of Clues can be found doing this.

Scam Seller asking for PayPal Friends & Family or Zelle Payments is a big Red Flag. So is using a 3rd Party Email off Site. Protect yourself using the Paypal Business Payment Mode. Why should the "Seller" object if you are covering all the Extra Fees since He'll be receiving the right Net Amount anyway?

There is also the Reverse Scam, where the Scammer pretends to be a Buyer. In this Scam, you have the actual Item for sale in your possession. Usually Items worth thousands like A/M Engines, A/M Hulls or Complete Skis. The Scammer will ask for your Bank Account Number to transfer Funds for Payment,

DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER!!!!

Scammer will empty your Bank Account so fast you will be Gobsmacked. Pay attention to Scammers Words and Grammar. "Kindly" is a Dead Giveaway.

Another less sophisticated Scam is the Bait & Switch Scam where Item is described as in better condition, better Brand or Top Shelf Model, and what you get is not what was described.

Don't be too eager and so fast to throw your money at that Unicorn Part that you have been searching for years. Don't let the Scammer manipulate your Emotions.

A good Forum Member will reserve the Item for you in the order of "Dibs" posted in Sale Ad. Seller should answer all Questions and provide MORE Photos if requested. If Seller immediately issues an Ultimatum, to Pay Now or He'll sell to Someone else, walk away from the Deal. High Pressure Tactics...

New Members with low Message counts and repeat goofy Messages should be viewed with Caution. You can click on their Username and then view all their Postings. There's a prescribed way for a New Member to boost there Post Counts without clogging the For Sale Ads.

Ask them questions that a Seasoned Rider would know the answers to. What they ride, Where they Ride, Fuel Octane, Timing Advance, Impeller Size. If they don't have a clue, then it's probably a Scam.

Recently a Guy wanted to "buy" a Pure-bred Buoy Course Racing SXR 1100 so He could Freestyle! Nonsense! Guy's a Fake.

If it looks shady or odd, it probably is...

Trust your Gut Instinct.
 
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smokeysevin

one man with a couch
Location
Houston
Also, to protect your account enable 2 Factor Authentication and don't use garbage passwords.

That is what got my account compromised in the first place. The scammers work quick and had fully removed my access before I could fix the issue.

Sean
 
How does a jetski forum account get scammers money? If they hack my account they will get to read my PM's...

They posted something for sale as the account that they hacked, it looked legit because they were using pretty well known accounts with long histories, and they were posting very plausible looking realistic for sale ads.
 
Posting other forms of communication is just asking for scammers. I tried this and got bombarded with texts and emails from scammers using names on here. "SmittySX" sent me pics of carbs for sale. Email and paypal was believable so I messaged him on here. I never did hear back but I got the exact same pictures from 2 other scammers. Pics were from an old sale post on here.
 

Quinc

Buy a Superjet
Location
California
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We used to be able to make ad lib Comments on the For Sale Ads but the Anti-Dumping Rule would come down hard and fast.

Maybe it's time to relax the Dumping Rule a bit so that the Seller is forced to answer Questions and Observations on the Public Forum for the Item for sale?

This may help weed out the Scammers...
 
Location
dfw
We used to be able to make ad lib Comments on the For Sale Ads but the Anti-Dumping Rule would come down hard and fast.

Maybe it's time to relax the Dumping Rule a bit so that the Seller is forced to answer Questions and Observations on the Public Forum for the Item for sale?

This may help weed out the Scammers...
That may be a little too advanced.
 

smokeysevin

one man with a couch
Location
Houston
I received an alert yesterday that someone was trying to log into my account again. This time I was able to prevent it and change my password before they got access because I had 2 factor authentication enabled.

Keep an eye out guys, this time I was using a unique and complex password but they were still able to try and get in.

Sean
 
Location
West MI
Two factor auth is a pain for people who aren't chained to their phones. As such, if you want to use a really long character string and just let your computer/phone/whatever store the pw for you, here's a way to generate it:

Poops out something like KA@VBh7fbWe!278kbrr!t=?$-Rcbasp-&n9Urj$T

That's amazing, I've got the same combination on my luggage!
 
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