Don’t Be A Victim And Catch A Crook

This a warning to everybody working in the motorcycle industry. An individual, supposedly French citizen, calling himself alternatively Pierre Dubois or Pierre Müller and possibly other aliases, pretending to be a journalist of well known print or digital custom motorcycle magazines in the US and Europe, s industry vendors to get free parts and samples to be tested then featured in “his” magazine.

Sometimes, he pretends to be about to launch or to work for the foreign edition of a current magazine that you know or work with, even when this edition doesn’t exist. Some major vendors of the industry have been duped, sending all types of parts to this guy with delivery at a US or French postal address. Of course, it’s a scam with the parts probably destined to be sold for a 100% profit or maybe used for his own custom motorcycle project(s).

First, nobody at the Patumwan has ever solicited free parts to be tested with the promise to feature them in our magazine. Second, I would recommend to all vendors to never send anything to a person you don’t know personally as being a journalist employed by a magazine you know well, and without ing first the Chief Editor and verifying that the address of delivery is a true business address, not a PO Box. On the following page, an example of the way Pierre Dubois/Muller s vendors of the industry to get free custom parts.


Below, an exchange between this crook and Ride Wright Wheels (yes, they have been alerted) He pretends to be the editor of the French edition of the German magazine Custom Bike. This French edition doesn’t exist, has never existed! He has created an email address close to the one used by the publisher of Custom Bike Germany, Huber-Verlag. He ordered wheels from Ride Wright in exchange for a feature in this French edition. It would be nice that you use Pierre Dubois/Muller email ([email protected]) to send him a direct link to this article. So, he will know his exact status versus all the custom industry…(French speaking readers can also congratulate him at the tel. number listed in his emails) Thank you.

From: pierre Muller [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:21 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: Ride wright wheel Sample request

Dear Sam
We thank you again for your support.
As we meet tight deadlines and in order to schedule the photos ession in Paris with the photographer.
If possible could you please let me know when parts will be ready for shipment.
Best Regards
———- Message d’origine ———-

De : Sam Wakim <[email protected]>
À :  ‘pierre Muller’ <[email protected]>
 Date : 21 février 2017 à 23:03
Sujet : RE: Ride wright wheel Sample request

Good morning and good to hear from you
I am happy to hear from you with your specifications
2011 fat boy with ABS
My question for the rear swing arm fitment what swing arm you are using and what is the offset we need to offer
For ease of assembly, or do you want me to offer the 18 x 10.5 with the traditional standards we have for the general
Frame with such wide tire fit,
Please advise


From: pierre Muller [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:38 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Ride wright wheel Sample request

Hello Mr Wakim
I’m pleased to see that we’ve your agreement regarding our press article.
Further to our conversation, i can confirm you that we planned to write 1 full page article on ride wirght wheel(or 2 pages if we include your pulley & rotors) in our magazine with a photo shoot that will take place in a studio at Paris.
After meeting with the photographer and the editor in chief the goal of the press article is to introduce to our readers the quality of your product if they decide to change from the oem softail wheel to custom big spoke wheel.
We would like to shoot and review your:
-30 Daddy wheel
-rear wheel: 18×10.5″
-front wheel: 18×3.5″
-Black rim color /Black hub color /Black nips /Chrome spokes
-smooth spoke
-ABS bearing Upgrade/Tubeless Seal Added
-1 Klassic pulley chrome (20mm/66t) only if possible
-2 rotors size 11.5″ chrome(front & rear) only if possible

The model bike will be a harley davidson fatboy 2011 for the photo session.
Please note that to complete our article we will need a company overview with parts descriptions.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if there anything else i can do for you before shipping.
Of course if you want to make us dicover an another product,please let me know.
Dear Sam,i shall be grateful to you for sending your sample to our “Photographic Studio ” in Paris at the following adress.

Pierre Dubois/ Groom Box
124 rue Salvadore Allende
95870 Bezons
Please Sam Precise for the french customs that is an absolute free sample.
Best Regards
T +33 755 264 558
[email protected]

10 Responses to “Don’t Be A Victim And Catch A Crook”

  1. 1 Teddy Feb 24th, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Internet created crooks. Internet helps catching crooks. Thank you Cyril.

  2. 2 Iron Horse Feb 24th, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    There’s nothing much worse than thieves and con men. I hope they catch this one and lock him away.

    Thanks for the reminder to remain vigilant Cyril.

  3. 3 richards Feb 24th, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    You just can’t trust anyone you don’t know…always someone out there running a scam. Be careful!

  4. 4 CUSTOMBIKE Magazine Germany Feb 25th, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Thanks for your support Cyril. And good to see how our motorcycle industry and the serious motorcycle press stand together to catch this thieve.

  5. 5 MSP Dan Feb 25th, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I’ve been ed by several of these guys, although I’m not sure about this exact individual; and then there are the knockoff artists. May their livers rot.

  6. 6 Zundap Feb 25th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Almost got me with PayPal. Always trust your gut feeling and research the transaction.

  7. 7 bigalyts Feb 25th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    wow, such Diabolical thinking and Conniving using the internet. My idea is much less painful and won’t hurt to mush using the Internet.I just want to Nick everyone in the US for just a measly 1.00 .#%?*#$%

  8. 8 BuzzD Feb 26th, 2017 at 9:42 am

    scary out there sometimes if you aren’t aware–used to be in the catering business–and would get requests from all over the world for sandwich delivery

  9. 9 Michel Feb 26th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    If you whois, it goes to :
    %% This is the AFNIC Whois server.
    %% complete date format : DD/MM/YYYY
    %% short date format : DD/MM
    %% version : FRNIC-2.5
    %% Rights restricted by copyright.
    %% See
    %% Use ‘-h’ option to obtain more information about this service.
    %% [ REQUEST] >>
    %% RL Net [##########] – RL IP [#########.]

    status: ACTIVE
    hold: NO
    holder-c: KM4336-FRNIC
    admin-c: KM4336-FRNIC
    tech-c: UIS153-FRNIC
    zone-c: NFC1-FRNIC
    nsl-id: NSL24594-FRNIC
    registrar: 1&1 Internet SE
    Expiry Date: 14/11/2017
    created: 14/11/2016
    last-update: 14/11/2016
    source: FRNIC

    ns-list: NSL24594-FRNIC
    source: FRNIC

    registrar: 1&1 Internet SE
    type: Isp Option 1
    address: Ernst-Frey Strasse 9
    address: 76135 KARLSRUHE
    country: DE
    phone: +49 721 91374 50
    fax-no: +49 721 91374 215
    e-mail: [email protected]
    anonymous: NO
    registered: 17/01/2001
    source: FRNIC

    nic-hdl: KM4336-FRNIC
    type: PERSON
    : Karl Muller
    address: 84, avenue de l’opera
    address: 75008 Paris
    country: FR
    phone: +33 6 54 12 45 87
    e-mail: [email protected]
    registrar: 1&1 Internet SE
    changed: 14/11/2016 [email protected]
    anonymous: NO
    obsoleted: NO
    eligstatus: ok
    eligdate: 14/11/2016 14:03:40
    source: FRNIC

    nic-hdl: UIS153-FRNIC
    : 1&1 Internet SARL
    address: 1&1 Internet SARL
    address: 7, place de la Gare
    address: 57200 Sarreguemines
    country: FR
    phone: +33 9 70 80 89 11
    fax-no: +33 3 87 95 99 74
    e-mail: [email protected]
    registrar: 1&1 Internet SE
    changed: 30/06/2015 [email protected]
    anonymous: NO
    obsoleted: NO
    source: FRNIC
    Then if you look to the phone number that is on it : +33 6 54 12 45 87
    It is linked to
    Nom :
    Numéro de téléphone mobile :
    06 54 12 45 87 – – +33654124587 – 0033654124587
    54880 THIL
    Let’s French police manage it 😉

  10. 10 Industryguy Feb 27th, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The solicitation of donated or gifted aftermarket motorcycle parts or accessories with false promises of media exposure and free Advertisement is sometimes referred to as being part of the “free shit army”. This guy must be a general or something

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