The London Cycling Campaign has issued the following advice to avoid inadvertently buying stolen bikes online:
- Ask the seller where they got the bike
- Ask for identification, a landline phone number or a workplace email
- Ask for an original purchase receipt
- Expect a genuine photo of the actual bike, not a catalogue picture
- Ask for a receipt for the transaction with their signature and address (you may need it for identification purposes)
- Ask for a bike frame number, which can be checked against lists of stolen bikes
"If an advert looks like it may not be genuine, and the seller doesn't have a credible story as to where they acquired the bike, walk away for your own good as well as everyone else's. Remember that meeting a dishonest seller carries a personal risk."
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