Residents looking to sell bicycles through online classified ads are being warned to watch out for a new scam.
Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said local individuals who have sold expensive bicycles on Craiglist have had their bikes stolen by prospective buyers. In this scam, the buyer will take the bike for a test ride and give the seller a set of car keys as collateral. The buyer never comes back and the seller finds the keys are worthless.
"Even though our particular incidence has been low, I've been hearing about it all around us and want to take the opportunity to warn residents and make sure we don't become the next victim," Simpkins said.
"It's all a matter of common sense," he said. "Make sure you see the buyer drive up, and if they offer keys as collateral, make sure the keys go to the car they are indicating."
He added that another way is to ask the potential buyer for some form of legal ID, such as a driver's license before letting them take the property for a spin. If you're suspicious, don't let the individual ride off on the bike.
Anyone with information regarding this scam is encouraged to contact the Danville Police Department at 314-3701.