Scam Watch - Too good to be true bikes for sale

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Scam Watch - Too good to be true bikes for sale

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:34 pm

There is a wave of scams which are being promoted - good brands but unbelievably low prices such as a $1,600 Polygon Stratos bike for $110.

Updated: Fake Trek websites are now created.

The purpose of this thread is to collect (with the help of the community) some of the retailers names involved for the purpose of helping others who want to check-up. The websites and systems look good and will mislead some naive buyers who pay the money and it is then lost forever. Even if the credit card company pays the money back... it is then the credit card company who loses when then don't or can't recover.

Tip - on Facebook or other social media, if you see the ads, eg. $100 or $150 road bikes... report them as a scam.


For the list of names of scam sites, the intention is not to link and create traffic... rather mention the names as warnings - to better not to put in full URLs.

Facebook
- Reverso
- Fineyeeofficial
- Devine
- Supreme

Instagram
- Toucan Appliances
- Benessere LILLA
- vovsound

Websites [scam still active]

- abyciycle
- biao.is
- bestwatchesi
- cycleonsell
- cyclesday
- cyclestroy
- cyclesoups
- cyclesoutlet
- discycle
- fortheshop
- getacycle
- getcyclenow
- greateoutlet
- hotmyshop
- hunterlive.club (fashion)
- jblsonline.club (electronic)
- myboxsole
- mygoutlets
- opp
- shopsprice
- sidieur
- sidistore (contains virus)
- treaiwbl.club
- trekzo.top
- tobuycycle
- togocycle
- tosdeals
- topshophere
- ucoats


- electronicdigitals [offline]
- servicecente [offline]

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby MichaelB » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:58 pm

Saw 'Devine' on Facebook

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Postby bychosis » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:16 pm

I reported two o Facebook marketplace last night. One was using the bicycles online logo as a header selling e-bikes for under $200. Using the logo was enough to make me think it was worth investigating further, which I did and decided it was a scam. If I didn’t know better the logo may have been up enough to relieve me of some funds.
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Postby AUbicycles » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:34 pm

Yes - make a not of the names used on facebook.

The scam sites are ripping off the logos - the one I saw a few times was the bicyclesonline logo, one had a coloured / tinted version with a red shade instead of the correct blue.

The good news, some of the sites are already offline.
Correction: a number were just updating with new logos.

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Postby AUbicycles » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:11 pm

I noticed that some sites that were temporarily down then returned with updated logos - a lot ripping off the bicyclesonline logo with variations.

Here is an example and some (but not all) logo variations. Also for ease of use, the list is now sorted alphabetically and if there are any new ones in following posts, I will update as well as sort any which are reported active.

There are a lot of scam watch website by the same group... depending on the quantity, I may just limit the list to bike scams. At this stage they are all polygon bikes with content ripped from the genuine retailer BicyclesOnline.

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby BrisBoy » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:48 am

Yep, i had my first online idiot moment with one of these (shopsprice.com). Put my details in and about an hour later i thought "your an idiot" and cancelled my credit card. It was the fake "bicyclesonline" header logo which got me mostly. Didn't realise it wasn't their website.

So stupid. Live and learn, i guess.

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Postby Arbuckle23 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:45 pm

Just had the ad Michael posted show up on my Facebook feed. Reported it as a scam.
I suppose every little report may help :x

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:31 pm

I saw a recumbent trike on ebay that was sus. Had a url inside it saying $2000 au to get the trike. Click on the url and takes you to a different ebay site lol
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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Thoglette » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:31 pm

Baalzamon wrote:I saw a recumbent trike on ebay that was sus. Had a url inside it saying $2000 au to get the trike. Click on the url and takes you to a different ebay site lol

There's a lot of this going on. Typically an account gets compromised and the scammers put a pile of "bargains" up with click-throughs to other locations. Often the listings are in a part of ebay far, far away from the original account.

Report it to ebay - it's a few clicks to get to the appropriate "contact us" form but they move swiftly once they get told.
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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:25 pm

Thoglette wrote:
Baalzamon wrote:I saw a recumbent trike on ebay that was sus. Had a url inside it saying $2000 au to get the trike. Click on the url and takes you to a different ebay site lol

There's a lot of this going on. Typically an account gets compromised and the scammers put a pile of "bargains" up with click-throughs to other locations. Often the listings are in a part of ebay far, far away from the original account.

Report it to ebay - it's a few clicks to get to the appropriate "contact us" form but they move swiftly once they get told.

It vanished fairly quickly on both occasions and I reported the URL to google as well.
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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby AUbicycles » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:31 am

New Fake Trek scam stores via instagram:

treaiwbl.club
trekto.za
nikeairmax.club
hunterlive.club

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Ross » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:24 am

Look out for fake online Sidi shoe shops as well.
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/interna ... -shoes-and

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Bunged Knee » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:36 am

^^ I'm not clicking on this link....

Haven't you read Chris comment in not to put the links in??

AUbicycles wrote:For the list of names of scam sites, the intention is not to link and create traffic... rather mention the names as warnings - to better not to put in full URLs.
ID please? What ID? My seat tube ID is 27.2mm or 31.6mm depending on what bikes I ride today.thanks...

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby find_bruce » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:55 am

Bunged Knee wrote:^^ I'm not clicking on this link....

Haven't you read Chris comment in not to put the links in??

AUbicycles wrote:For the list of names of scam sites, the intention is not to link and create traffic... rather mention the names as warnings - to better not to put in full URLs.

It's ok- the link is to a news article about the dodgy sites, which also appears to have been careful not to link to the dodgy sites.

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby bychosis » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:34 am

I wonder how many more suckers they would get if the discounts were much more reasonable. Surely a half intelligent person gets a warning sign when it is $2k reduced to $200. If it was a reduction of $2k to $1000 are you likely to be less wary and think it's a bargain as opposed to a scam?
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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:03 pm

Another good sign is when they advertise the discount as 60%, but it's actually 90% :roll:

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby Thoglette » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:18 pm

bychosis wrote: Surely a half intelligent person gets a warning sign when it is $2k reduced to $200.

They don't want half intelligent people. Scammers want really gullible, greedy people.
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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:58 pm

Interesting read. Have added the known sidi scam sites.

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Re: Scam Watch - Too good to be true bike

Postby MichaelB » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:39 am

Saw another one on Facebook - now listing ebikes.

This one has the Opshop round logo and name 'Supreme'

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