No worries, I just reported the auction to ebay. I hate the thought of some excited kid (much like myself) getting $2,000 stolen from him. Thank you all for keeping an eye out and watching out for everybody!
Here's a good one for you. This brand new '02 S4 went for $5600 on e-bay. It is interesting that they stole the picture from an ad from a Ducati shop here in So. Cal. I reported this the day it was posted, but apparently it went all the way to auction end. I hope the winning bidder didn't send them $.
On the 999 Testaretta, I received the following reply from the "seller" when I asked him where he was and when I could have the bike in Alaska (where I live)"
"right now i am in east of europe in country of romania....you can pay me via western union and i will send you the bike via a special delivery via Express Forward or Shipp Star Service,and i will pay for all the shipping taxes and the insurance and you will receive the bike in around 72hours or maybe less directlly to your door"
I think these things work just like email spam: They don't care that 99.9% of people know it's a scam. They are looking for the 5 or 10 people who don't know better (or are greedy) and will send off a "deposit" money order or something.
It's usually only a "deposit," but hey 5 people sending you $2,000 makes for a nice income.
These things are all over: Ebay, Craiglist, Cycletrader, some big newspapers.... It appears that the gullible are open to exploitation in the brave new world--I never hear about the cops worldwide getting these scammers. It's sad: when I sold my bike, I had to tell the buyer no way when he wanted to bring a cashier's check (on the weekend). Just couldn't take a chance with all the counterfeits out there.
Oh well, like the lottery..these scams are a tax on the reality/math-challenged.
I feel like I'm kinda insulting people, but I just explain it to them: "Sorry, but there are lots of scammy things going around. I don't mean to imply that you are a bad person, but my bank told me not to accept cashier's checks." That's a fib, but I just can't chance losing thousands to a counterfeit check.
Another option to the cash-only method is to accompany the buyer to their bank and have them wire the funds right there or draw the casheir's check right there. A bit of a hassle, but worth it as it means you're guaranteed the money is there.
When I bought my Monster last year, I paid with a personal check from my Vanguard money market account. The seller was a super cool guy who I sort of "clicked" with... too much, actually as I didn't drive a very hard bargain because I liked the guy so much.. it was great for mutual trust in the deal, but in retrospect, we were both a bit foolishly trusting of one another... it worked out great in this instance, but I shudder when I see stories like the recent one in Seattle of a guy getting stabbed and mugged while trying to sell his bike...