I live in Texas and the original ad was posted in the Austin Craigslist. I thought it was a local transaction. Once the Denver/Fort Collins element was introduced, red flags went up everywhere. Also, notice how the license plate on the vehicles are conveniently cropped out.
I'm wondering if other people are seeing this scam in their local Craigslist sites?
I'm not saying this is a scam, but it has many elements of one. All the indicators are there.
I sent a note back to Susan telling her I only deal with local sellers.
Note from Susan on the day after I inquired about her ad:
Thank you for your interest in purchasing my ATV's. The ATV's with trailer is in perfect working condition, garage kept, with nothing mechanically wrong - like new! If you decide to buy it, you'll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me. For this transaction I want to use Yahoo Autos because I want to have a smooth and fast transaction. The ATV's is at the shipping company warehouse in Denver, CO and from there it will be shipped to buyer's address. You will have to make the payment to Yahoo Autos and they will hold the money until you receive the ATV's. ONLY AFTER you receive the ATV's and you inspect it (for 5 days) they will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the ATV's at your requested address. During all this time Yahoo Autos will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the ATV's before decided to buy it. In this way we are both protected. The final price is $2,525 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the ATV's very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter we decided to sell the house and move to my sister in Fort Collins, CO. I can't afford to take days off my work for this sale so i'm trying to sell them online.
If you are really interested in purchasing the ATV's please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Yahoo Autos will notify you all the details about the shipping and payment.
I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.
P.S.: Below you will find a full desription and the pictures i have taken for this sale. Please take a closer look before you decide.
2 Atv's 2005 Honda Rincon with Trailer
Engine size: 650 cc
Exterior color: Red
Drive train: 4-Wheel drive
Vehicle title: Clear
Package deal for 2 Atv's and trailer ready to go anywhere you want.
HIS ATV: 1 2005 Honda Rincon loaded with warn winch,ITP tires and wheels,2 inch lift kit complete skid plate and rock guards,front warn bumper/brush guard
HER ATV: 1 2005 Honda Rincon Loaded with warn winch,ITP tires and wheels complete skid plate and rock gaurds, front warn Bumper /brush guard
OUR TRAILER: 1 2006 Anderson 16 foot tandem axle trailer painted to match with aluminum wheels and electric brakes
2 atv's and 1 trailer and numerous spare parts
Also included are spare misc parts such as oil filters,oil, cv boots, misc o-rings etc.
Both units have been perfectly maintained and only amsoil synthetic lubricants have been used,all items and systems operate as designed, adult driven and never wrecked or used under water. Annual service performed.
Units have normal light scratches from normal use, no damaged or cracked plastics, no torn seats, all mechanicals work perfectly, hard to beat Honda quality, 1 unit shows more hours than are actual because the key was left on for an extended period of time.