Prospective buyer takes dirt bike on test drive — and never returns

A couple who drove from northeast Georgia to metro Atlanta with the intention of selling a dirt bike said the prospective buyer took off after asking to take a test drive.

David and Karen Flores had posted on Facebook Marketplace asking for $2,100 in exchange for their son’s dirt bike, Channel 2 Action News reported. An interested buyer reached out.

“We decided to go down and meet him because he said he was a young guy,” David Flores told the news station.

They drove from Cleveland, Ga., to South Fulton, where the buyer said he lived. When the Floreses arrived, they noticed a car that didn’t have a license plate, according to Channel 2.

Then, the prospective buyer asked to go on a test drive on the bike — and never returned.

“He was probably 400 or 500 feet away from me. That’s when he took off,” Karen Flores told Channel 2. “The minute I opened the driver’s door, the car that had been sitting there the whole time (also) took off. Just took off.”

They filed a police report with the South Fulton Police Department.

David Flores said he was angry, but still sent a text message to the young man that said, “At first I was mad but God loves you and me just the same ... I forgive you.”

South Fulton police said this kind of scam is common in metro Atlanta, and they advised anyone making an online sale or purchase to meet at a police precinct for the exchange.

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