Knoxville Harley owner warning others about eBay scam

Knoxville Harley owner warning others about eBay scam

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In early November, Gary Harding put the bike up for sale on eBay. He was eager to sell it, but not desperate. In early November, Gary Harding put the bike up for sale on eBay. He was eager to sell it, but not desperate.
"Anytime a customer comes in and asks about wiring money, or they have a large check to deposit, we ask them 'Why? What is it for?' That's just part of our questioning process," said Tracy Pressley. "Anytime a customer comes in and asks about wiring money, or they have a large check to deposit, we ask them 'Why? What is it for?' That's just part of our questioning process," said Tracy Pressley.
"Be very careful if you are selling a high item on eBay. Never send a Western Union money order to get the shipper to pick it up because that money is gone," said Gary Harding. "Be very careful if you are selling a high item on eBay. Never send a Western Union money order to get the shipper to pick it up because that money is gone," said Gary Harding.

By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - For over 168 million users, eBay is the number one website on the Internet, having changed the way people buy and sell used goods. 

However, it's also a nesting ground for ill-intentioned scammers.

Despite eBay's popularity, you can easily be fooled,and one of the more prevalent scams is called the "overpaying buyer." The buyer actually offers to pay you more money than the agreed price.

The nature of this scam is seated in deception. If you don't know what to look for, you can be deceived and lose your money.

"It's a 2009, custom Road King, Harley Davidson," said bike owner Gary Harding.

With a little over 1,500 miles on the odometer, Harding's rather cool looking Harley Davidson would look great with a Christmas bow on it.

In early November, Harding put the bike up for sale on eBay. He was eager to sell it, but not desperate.

"Very slow the first two and a half weeks, but we had people contacting us," said Harding.

He paid $23,000 for it new. He was asking $14,000.  After waiting, finally he got a bidder.

"The bike has sold. It says on here, 'Your item has sold,'" said Harding. "I was elated."

Buyer Sandra Perez messaged Harding to say that she was living out of country.

"I am an oceanographer. I am presently on a business trip to France," said Harding as he read the message.

She said the Harley would be for her dad. She wanted to make it a surprise, agreed to Harding's price then added something more.

"She's going to send us $1,500 more. That's for the shipper to come from Florida to pick up the bike," said Harding.

Sending more money than the agreed to price is a tell-tale sign of a potential scam. You'll likely receive a casher's check, a real looking one, that has no monetary value tied to it.

That was the agreement with Harding, but he went to his bank where he was warned by the teller.

"[The teller] said, 'First of all, you never send a Western Union money order anywhere, because it can't be traced," he said.

First Tennessee Bank alerts its tellers about scams and fraudulent trends. 6 On Your Side talked with the training manager of the program.

"Anytime a customer comes in and asks about wiring money, or they have a large check to deposit, we ask them 'Why? What is it for?' That's just part of our questioning process. What is that for? Is it for business? Where did it come from?" said Tracy Pressley.

"I'm pleased that we could save [Harding] some money," she said.

"I was blessed," said Harding. "Be very careful if you are selling a high item on eBay. Never send a Western Union money order to get the shipper to pick it up because that money is gone."

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