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Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.
      #58342 - 04/12/04 10:59 PM
Okay.

As a result of the previous Poll thread here's the Thing itself

Item 1)
How it will work.

This thread will be a locked sticky. Moderator and Admin team members will update it as often as is reasonably practicable. you tell us about an item, we'll give ita quick look, and then assuming it's found to be suspicious, it will be added to the list here, if you view this thread the latest items will be at the bottom of it... over time, items that are expired in relevancy, will be deleted or amalgamated into a reference post.

Item 2 )

How to Notify Admin or Moderators of a suspicious item.

If you come across an item in Readers ads, or Ebay, or indeed, anywhere else that we Gear junkies frequent, that is suspicious, and your initial investigation bears this out, then Send the User "SCAM ALERTS" a PM with the gory details.

All the Moderation and admin team will be able to log in as "SCAM ALERTS" and check the PMs, then do the necessary leg work.


ITEM 3)
The Rest of the Stuff.

We'll look at it as soon as we can, and if it looks dodgy, We'll Post the details in this thread.

If your item fails to be posted, it will be because it has either already closed or been removed, or it failed to be sufficiently obviously fraudulent. In my case I WILL be asking questions of sellers, and will base my opinions on the manner of their replies, and other data i can dig up in a sensible length of time.

I will also be notifying the issuing authority (be it Ebay security, or SOS readers ads admin or whatever) of these items before I post the details.

Please bear in Mind that this is a free service, and that we all have other work to be doing as well, so responses may not be instantaneous, indeed they are quite unlikely to be so.


This method aims to keep the available data relevant, and minimise the unfair or malicious slander that could result in legal issues or damage to innocent reputations that is unwarranted.


As to the Poll Results, 62% of you Voted for this method, so I hope it satisfies as many of you as possible.

Best regards to all

Max the mac

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Alert Notice new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #60084 - 08/12/04 08:20 PM
Avoid this like the plague.

if you geta reply like this, DO NOT DEAL WITH THEM.

Supplied By Forum Admin.

How are you doing.Hope everything is going fine on your side.According
to my client,he has already sent the cheque out to you(it will arrive by
mail to your location).I made him understand it's urgent so he sent it
immediately i gave him your details.So the payment should arrive in a short
while from now.And once you get the payment,all other arrangments will be
accomplished.So Just be close watch out for payment.

But there was a little problem/mistake which i guess we can be well
handled with understanding.When i contacted my client to now maybe the
cheque as already been sent,i got to know that there was a misinterpretation
while sending the cheque.According to the instruction i gave him,he was
suppose to have sent you a cheque of £120 out of the money he was oweing
me.But instead,he sent a cheque of(£1,530).It was a terrible mistake and the
cheque is already out for delivery to your location.He claimed that he
thougth i said he should send you a cheque of £1,530(which was the total sum
he was oweing me)and not just £120.But i know very well that i told him to
send just £120,but i guess he didnt get it straigth.

But that should not disturb how own purchase.The deal is on and we will
get through it.What will happen is that ,once you get the cheque you will
easily cash it and forward the extra($1,410) directly to my secretary in
cash immediately so as to make arrangement for shipment.It will be sent to
him Via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.Originally,i had in mind to collect the
money from him and use to fix some other things personally.But since,its now
coming to you now,i guess i can be assured in you that you can handle it
with trust and have the excess money sent to my secretary.Hope all is
well.Mail me back immediately,to let me know that i can trust you to handle
everything well.I will be expecting your mail asap".

Best Regards
Mrs Sheri Baldwin

NB
Make sure you mail me back immediately you get this message.And also please
confirm your phone number, i tried reaching you by phone but i didnt get
through.


Be careful out there people

Max

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Dodgy Ebay Item Yamaha 02R new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #60109 - 08/12/04 09:04 PM
Hi,
eBay item 3768014047

1. This is an exact copy of one Manny's had on aBey a while back- even the photos!
2. New seller & bidders ID kept secret.

This is identical to another recent scam with another 02R about a month ago.

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Classic Nigerian Scam mail new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #60413 - 09/12/04 02:50 PM
A user got this as a reply to one of his Readers ads items.

Be aware that this isa variation on the classic Nigerian419 scam.

This was in reply to a readers' ad - house for sale:



Dear Friend,



This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. I have to say that I have no intentions of causing you any pains so i decided to contact you through this medium (ads) As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Motala Bello, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with prostate andesophageal Cancer that was discovered very late due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all form of medicine and right now, I have only about a few months to live according to medical experts.



I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world.



I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that I know my time is near, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends and Schools in the UAE.



I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, London and Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and donate the money, which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.



The last of my money which is the huge cash deposit that I have with Financial Firm Abroad .I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations and let them know that it is I Motala Bello that is making this generous donation.



I am writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for my time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good heart



God be with you,

Motala Bello.



NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished as I dont want anything that will Jeopadize my last wish. and Also I will be contacting with you by email as I dont want anybody to know cos they are always around me. Please try send your phone number to make communication easier.




be careful out there folks.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #62227 - 14/12/04 12:03 AM
Got this notice today.

Anyone viewing this auction should be aware that not only is it highly unlikely to be legal, but that I have notified both Korg UK, and Ebay security.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51346&item=573780 4822&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

Listed it as being "public domain". Also has 3 available with no mention of the MS20 controller!


Public domain my arse! \

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #85561 - 09/02/05 04:29 PM
A reader (********@****.***) received this poorly-punctuated email in response to an ad on the site:

From: chris pastor
Date: 19 January 2005 10:10:43 GMT
To: *******************@***********
Subject: Payment and shipping info!!!!

Hello,fine so i would like to informed you that i  will contact my client to issued cheque whole amount  of £2,500 and you will deduct your real cost which is £170 and you will help me send the balance  to my  shipper agency via western union for pick up so that they can come and pickup the item ok so let me have your address you want the check sent to and the name you want to be on cheque including your cell phone and i  want this to be done fast ok thanks for your cooperation Regard...

ADVICE

Obviously dodgy....... avoid this buiyer like something smelly and sticky....


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #85562 - 09/02/05 04:31 PM
Just thought I'd let you know about this one!!

A user advertised an item on Readers' Ads and received this initial response from leebruce20032003@yahoo.com

"hello, am interested in buying your Pro-cussion i will want you to give me the last price for it and tell me the present condition and also send me pics as well. Thanks Please email me direct with your real email okay"

He responded and then received this mail:

"Hello,
Thanks for the mail i really appreciate your quick
response i will want you to give me the name you want
on the check and the address where the check will be
send to with your mobile phone number and landline
number.i just want to inform you that you will be
receiving the check of £2,500 and send the remaining
to my shipping agent who is coming for the pick up at
your place.in my last transaction with one of of
associate he is the one that owns me the money okay
and he has promise to pay me when ever i needed it
andhave contact him about this transaction and he ask
me to forward the name on the check and the address
where the check will be send to.so i will want you to
give me the information so that you can have the check
in time.mind you i will compensate you with £100.for
accepting my offer.as soon as you give me the name and
the address consider the check at your door.and as
soon as the check clears your bank then you can send
the balance back to the shipper for the pick up at
your place.can i trust you with this deal? co's am
willing to do this is deal with you with my
wholeheartedly.if so let us move forward on this
transaction.hoping to read from you soonest.
Thanks,

Regards...

i want you to give me the name you want on the cheque
and address where the cheque will be send to and as
soon as the cheque cleared your bank then you can
transfer the rest to the shipper"

Followed up by:

"hello,
why the silence ? i will want you to get back to me
with the name you want on the cheque and the address
where the cheque will be send to with your mobile and
landline number so that we can move forward on this
transaction.And as soon as the cheque cleared your
bank then you can send the rest money to the shipper
for the pickup at your place okay.Hoping to read from
you soonest.
Thanks.."


It's the usual Scam......

Again, avoid the leebruce email address as a buyer....


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #85564 - 09/02/05 04:33 PM
I've just been told that Some eBay scammers have now started putting reserve prices on items.

So keep yer eyes peeled...... and don;t assume a reserve meansa real deal....

M


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #85567 - 09/02/05 04:35 PM
yet another form the LeeBruce2003 Email addy.


Quote:



Hi all

Got this today. I'd been e-mailing the guy for a few days - seemed OK until this one came. It was in response to my posting of a Mac FS in the readers ads. The previous mails were very convincing.

Regards

**********


From:lee bruce

'Hello,
   Thanks for the mail i really appreciate your quick
response i will want you to give me the name you want
on the check and the address where the check will be
send to with your mobile phone number and landline
number.i just want to inform you that you will be
receiving the check of £2,500 and send the remaining
to my shipping agent who is coming for the pick up at
your place.in my last transaction with one of of
associate he is the one that owns me the money okay
and he has promise to pay me when ever i needed it
andhave contact him about this transaction and he ask
me to forward the name on the check and the address
where the check will be send to.so i will want you to
give me the information so that you can have the check
in time.mind you i will compensate you with £100.for
accepting my offer.as soon as you give me the name and
the address consider the check at your door.and as
soon as the check clears your bank then you can send
the balance back to the shipper for the pick up at
your place.can i trust you with this deal? co's am
willing to do this is deal with you with my
wholeheartedly.if so let us move forward on this
transaction.hoping to read from you soonest.
Thanks,

Regards...

i want you to give me the name you want on the cheque
and address where the cheque will be send to and as
soon as the cheque cleared your bank then you can
transfer the rest to the shipper'






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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #85577 - 09/02/05 04:54 PM
Oh, and matey boy with the Korg legacy cracks is at it again on ebay.... Avoid this./..

I have spoken directly with Korg about it, i can confirm it is definitely illegal.


eBay - Korg Legacy Collection (minus controller) - still ongoing

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51346&item=574984 9507&rd=1
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51346&item=574863 6944&rd=1
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51346&item=574984 4496&rd=1


turns out I used to work for the same companmy as Mike at Korg Support..........

this industry is smaller than you think....

Max


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SCAMS On EBAY a reminder . new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #98499 - 07/03/05 04:14 PM
Right , this is getting really really silly....

This last week, Every single serious level console, (DMXR100, Neve, etc) with just 1 quite notable exception, (Euphonix Cs3000) was a SCAM

Current std tip offs.

1) Anything that's a private auction.

Generally speaking this is now a favourite of the Scam artists, as it prevents Concerned parties form emailing the bidders to warn them of the nature of the auction

2) Zero Feedback
Obviously everyone's got to start sometime, but basically Any high value Auction from a Seller with 0 feedback or new seller status should be avoided...

3) Even Feedback isn't certain now, as a number of Seller ID's have been hijacked. So be careful, check out previous feedback, email them and walk away at the slightest whiff of something funny.

4) Terms and Conditions
If they won't agree to accept Cash and allow you to collect the goods in person, or deliver to you on a C.O.D basis, then don't buy it. simple as that. NO excuses.
if a seller ONLY accepts Paypal, Western union, Nochex, or other electronic payment, and won;t accept cash, Don;t buy it. They may be Legit, but it'\s simply not worth taking that risk.

4B) NEVER go on your own to a meeting for collection.

5) NEVER accept payment for any amount other than the auction end price + P&P

6) if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Be safe, be careful, and don,t get caught out.

Max

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #103916 - 19/03/05 11:03 PM
Recent updates


From a Forum member (thanks)
_________________________________________________
Ok,

Recently on ebay a new user has been attempting to sell an EMS Synthi AKS with no reserve. Some slight anomolies in the advertisement caused some suspicion. Firstly the guy comes from Truro, yet he placed his location as London. Secondly I asked a couple of questions in order to see if he would meet up and accept COD, and the condition of the unit.

REPLY:
Hi, You are right I am located in Truro, UK! I can make the shipping to your address as I work 12-14 hours in a day and I don't have time to meet you. The Synth is in perfect working condition. Best Regards.
---
slightly lacking in detail there, and the refusal to meet up was very suspicious. Further more, 2 hours before the auction was set to end it looks like eBay stopped things. "If the item was removed by eBay, please consider this transaction cancelled. If anybody contacts you to complete the sale, please ignore the request."

But, surprise surprise the user contacted me:

HIS E-MAIL:
Mail me if you are still interested by the EMS SYNTHI AKS Analog Synth for EURO 1100
I closed the auction for a buyer but he can't make the payment until 2 weeks from now. We agreed to find other buyer.
Make the payment on my name and address via western union
Name : Mark Jonson
Address : 61 Lemon Street
City : Truro
Zip Codes : TR1 2PE
Country : UK
Total price including the shipping is 1100 EURO( I will pay the shipping taxes and you will pay for the money transfer )
Soon as the payment is done email me the scanned copy from the receipt or the Sender's name and the MTCN from W U . I will verify the transfer online and if is fine I will make the shipping to your name and address. You will receive the tracking no.
Let me know
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Hmm, so he's a new user, lied about the closure of the auction, only accepts WU, and refuses to meet up. I've since posted an e-mail saying that I'll only do COD... but have not yet recieved a reply. I wouldnt seriously meet up, but it'll be intersting to see what other excuses he'll come up with.

If anyone by the name of Mark Johnson (jhgh78 on ebay, jhgh78@yahoo.com) sells something like this again then watch out.


__________________________________________________

Basically the stock advice applies.
this is a text book scam case, and should be avoided .

Also from another user
__________________________________________________
Hi again

Came across a Korg Triton Extreme being sold on Ebay again.

New user / seller has zero feedback, user id's kept private and from London........think this is another Triton scam.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=38089&item=730796 3572&rd=1

Regards

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #103918 - 19/03/05 11:05 PM
Also This post in the forum

Quote a forum user:

Watch out for someone named Brian Nichol with the email address paul_jakes@hotmail.co.uk

Offers to buy goods, says he will pay cash into your account and arrange courier uplift. But in fact he pays in a cheque and arranges uplift before the cheque bounces.




I've notified Admin as of this evening....

be careful out there peeps.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #116179 - 16/04/05 09:49 PM
Although SOS has forced everyone to register who wishes to reply via email to genuine advertisers on our Readers Ads site, 2 alleged scammers have bothered to register and started sending emails like the one below to sellers. They look like scams to me, so avoid them like the plague!

Ian G

Thanks for the response.I have contacted my client who need the XXXX.He
said he will issue to you a CHEQUE of £2,000 after you send the following
informations:

Full name..............

Address.....................

Phone number......................

You are to deduct £450 and forward the balance to the shipping company that will come for the pick-up from your destination.The balance for the shipping includes my COMMISSION AND SHIPPING.My client said he love to make use of the XXXX in a movie....Also i need your phone number get back to me asap........

I saw your advert on net. I will like to know if it is still available for
sale if available please get back with the pics, last price and present
condition. Are you the first owner? When do you service it last?Also where
do you base?I will like you to e mail me direct to my mailbox:
Oli_in_Jam@yahoo.com.Your response will highly appreciate.

This is my phone number +447031844488
Best Regards
Olic...........


This next guy equally seems well dodgy to me, so take care/ignore his emails:

llo,
I am Engr Mark Job from France, I deal with all kinds of used Items and Engines, I came across your advert for the item listed above.
I will like to know if you are the owner of the Item, if so i will like you to provide me it's Photograph, Present condition and the least price you can sell it to me.
But if you have no pictures for it, you can go on by telling it's Conditions, as long as i can have trust in you.
Also Payment would be through a certiffied uk bank cheque or Banker's Draft.

I will like you to know that, the shipment will be handled by me.
I await your quick response.

Engr Mark Job
mark_job11@yahoo.de



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Reminders about Ebay stuff , second chance scam... new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #140458 - 09/06/05 09:57 AM

this is a Quote of a thread to remind you guys.....


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Heads up on ebay scam
      #140380 - 02:48 09/06/2005
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People are sending fake email informing outbided users that the wining bider has backed out and you have an opertunity to buy. They will try and get you to transact outside of ebay and get your personal details. If you have doubts ask them to relist with your last bid as a buy it now.
This has hapened to me with an AW16G but it could have been anything!
Heads up, and lets be carefull out there.


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Re: Heads up on ebay scam [Re: Free Trade Inn]
      #140387 - 05:28 09/06/2005
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Yeah, this goes on pretty regularly. I've seen a few people selling Access Virus TIs shortly after they were announced, I've had people want to pay me more for an item I was selling then expect me to give the difference to their agent in Africa, and I've gotten a number of emails telling me that I need to fix something with my personal information or I will be banned from eBay. Just the other day I got a warning that my bid had been cancelled on an item I had never bid on. I don't know how all the scams work; some are clearly trying to separate honest people from their cash or merchandise, some are probably attempts to get valid email addresses and financial information from gullible people...who knows? eBay has a mechanism for reporting such scams, but I'm not sure that anything actually ever gets done. I suspect there are too many for the eBay people to keep up with.

You should always, ALWAYS, be careful dealing with eBay. When you get an email that seems odd, NEVER click on any of its links. When I got the notice that my bid had been cancelled for item # XX, I opened a new browser window, navigated to eBay on my own, then did a search for that item number. It was some teapot or something that I've never seen before in my life. I use a Mac, so I don't have to worry about viruses or spyware, but I still would never click on any link that a suspect email wanted me to use.

Lots of great people selling great things use eBay, but I suspect there will always be scams. There's little harm in being too careful.


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Re: Heads up on ebay scam [Re: Free Trade Inn]
      #140449 - 10:27 09/06/2005



I send everything suspicious (that means pretty much anything which claims to be from 'Ebay' just to be sure) to spoof@ebay.com or spoof@ebay.co.uk which is their catch-all spam centre email address.

Ben




it still happens a LOT.... Be careful....


Further Notes.

From: John Williams

Notified Ebay already, thought it might be worth sharing for the sheer cheek of it... check out his Items For Sale...

http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZwatson2230

Multiple copies of Cubase SX2, Korg Legacy etc. Unbelievable!

SX2 & Legacy for £5.99 Buy it Now...!

ALL THE ITEMS ARE ILLEGAL> DO NOT BUY FROM THE USER>

\despite the advertisement disclaimers.... what he is doing IS illegal.,

and thoroughly immoral !



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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #188404 - 28/09/05 08:42 AM
Got this today "Tony Dave" eh, no there a good english name!!!!

Hello,



I am Tony Dave, Live in Newham,Truro.United Kindom but Presently doing business in France Paris.



I deal with all kinds of used Items and Engines, I came across your advert for the item listed above. I will like to know if you are the owner of the Item, and if you still have it for sale? if so, i will like you to provide me with the photograph, Present condition and the {least price} you can sell it to me, because i will have to re-sale it here and i have to be sure its in Good condiction.



But if you have no pictures for it, You can go on by telling me the conditions,as long as i can have trust in you.

Payment would be through a certiffied uk bank cheque or Banker's Draft.

I will like you to know, I will be shipping it once payment has been comfirmed by you.



Your immidiate response would be appreciated.



Get back to me via my personal email address: tony_dave0101@yahoo.fr



Regards



Mr. Tony Dave


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: wul]
      #188721 - 28/09/05 04:52 PM
Quote wul:

Got this today "Tony Dave" eh, no there a good english name!!!!

Hello,



I am Tony Dave, Live in Newham,Truro.United Kindom but Presently doing business in France Paris.



I deal with all kinds of used Items and Engines, I came across your advert for the item listed above. I will like to know if you are the owner of the Item, and if you still have it for sale? if so, i will like you to provide me with the photograph, Present condition and the {least price} you can sell it to me, because i will have to re-sale it here and i have to be sure its in Good condiction.



But if you have no pictures for it, You can go on by telling me the conditions,as long as i can have trust in you.

Payment would be through a certiffied uk bank cheque or Banker's Draft.

I will like you to know, I will be shipping it once payment has been comfirmed by you.



Your immidiate response would be appreciated.



Get back to me via my personal email address: tony_dave0101@yahoo.fr



Regards



Mr. Tony Dave




Me too... I didn't even bother replying...

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #190117 - 01/10/05 04:05 PM
Just today getting a string of dodgy requests from richard01_smithonline@yahoo.com

He has an 'associate in Nigeria'!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: RegressiveRock]
      #195101 - 12/10/05 09:18 AM
As a general rule of thumb just avoid anyone who even mentions the name Western Union. I had one guy try scamming me to which I told him I had reported him to the police etc... Anyway, the reply I received should go down in history as the most ridiculous. Its amusement made the guys existance worthwhile.

Basically, I received the following email addressed from:
FEDERAL BOUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

It even came with a very pixellated FBI logo header.

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Dear sir,

We are International Federal Boureau of Investigation (FBI) . Our Company waiting from you .. The information from were we can arrest the guy.From were office he go to pick up the money . For we can arest him , we ask you to give him all information about the payment but that information must be available. When he will be in the #Wstern Union office to pick up the money , we will cath him ..

Thank you for your cooperation .

Director : Gerrard Saun from FBI LONDON..
Thank you .
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Hilarious!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #199915 - 22/10/05 11:30 AM
Ha Ha Tony Dave lol

Got 2 in one day from this idiot. I just signed him up to over 100 spam emails, hopefully it annoyed him as it did me recieving his crap.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts - Tony Dave new [Re: jaytranzmit]
      #201127 - 25/10/05 09:43 AM
And here's where the scam hits:

"Thanks for the honesty you have put in from the day one of this purchase and your open hearted in this transaction.

Just want to inform you about the Urgent news I had from my associate today.....I just received a call from my client letting me know that a terrible mistake was made in the amount stipulated on your payment, Which was made out of {National Irish Bank} instead of £500 he went on and issue the sum of £5000 on the cheque.
I think it's a typo Error from me so please try and understand it was due to my shut side view, and I have not been chanced to call for somedays now cos my phone was bad but i can use my other phone now.has you will be receivnig the payment be today or tomorrow.

My client was suppose to issue two payment out of my funds with him, One to you and send the other to my Personal assistant who is taking care of my daughter aswell for the medical treatment and also to make an arrangement for the pick up,but he made the whole to you instead of sending just £500 for the item and £4,500 to my Personal assistant for medical expensess and the agent fees.
And this can't be rectified from my end,because right now I'm not in the UK.

I will want us to carry on this transaction without further delay, I'll really appreciate if you go on and deposite the banker's draft in your account to avoid further delay and get back to me letting me know the amount of days it will use in clearing from your account so i can tell you what to do from there.

I'd like you to go ahead and cash the funds, then keep your own part of the funds, am also ready to give you extra £300 for the bank charges, after this, you will have to send the balance on the banker's draft to my Personal Assistant so he can arrange for the medical bills of my daughter in the hospital and also make an arrangement for the pick up as soon as you cash the funds.

We have spent to much time on this transaction and will not be adviseable to waste anymore time on this purchase again as we both are mature business men who deals internationally and this is a very small issue i think we can surtout bettween ourself.

I have spoking with my client that mistakely sent you the over payment about the mistake and he made me understand we can go ahead and have the Bankers draft cashed in any bank in the UK since the bank draft is issued from a UK bank.

I really do regret any inconviences this might cause you, you can call me as soon as you get this message or reply back with a message in my email.

This is my number +447031941239 it is a UK roam Number. You can find a copy of my Picture bellow this message.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Once again, i'm really sorry for the inconviences this might have caused you. And you are free to deduct the £300 as promise.

Thanks for your usual cooperation,

I await your urgent response,

Engr Tony Dave"


Oh, and the twat even includes a picture of himself......


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts - Tony Dave new [Re: boomboy]
      #201139 - 25/10/05 10:09 AM
Quote boomboy:

... and the twat even includes a picture of himself......




Of someone - it may not be him - and it's there to set you at ease so you will bite on the scam more easily.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts - Tony Dave new [Re: John Willett]
      #203777 - 30/10/05 10:09 PM
You can check hidden ebay comments with this plugin for firefox.
https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=560

Just check out the amount of bad comments for some of the sellers. Its amazing ebay let them continue selling.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts - Tony Dave new [Re: John Willett]
      #204733 - 01/11/05 06:01 PM





Of someone - it may not be him - and it's there to set you at ease so you will bite on the scam more easily.




I'm sure your right.

The good news: received a "Bank Draft" (in the post) for £5000
The bad news: looks like it's been printed on an inkjet

Hilarious......


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts - Tony Dave new [Re: boomboy]
      #228314 - 23/12/05 10:27 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AKG-C12-C-12-C-12-ORIGINAL-VINTAGE-CONDENSER-MIC-195 4_W0QQitemZ7375035602QQcategoryZ15198QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Same serial number and pictures as this one?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ORIGINAL-VINTAGE-CONDENSER-MIC-1954-AKG-C12_W0QQitem Z7376719997QQcategoryZ41466QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Someone is going to get a big $12,000 shock!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #232661 - 06/01/06 04:17 PM
anyone know anything bout this seller?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7378882528&sspagename=A DME:L:RTQ:US:1

also, i can't quite tell if that's a gibson, or a really close ripoff. can anyone lend a better set of eyes towards the headstock? the seller just says the following:

We collected all our goods from our country's authentic market. We are not the specialist, we don't know the exact condition of the goods. As far as I known, it is new .it is be send to your country needs Shipping cost:GBP180.00 ,insurance:GBP2.00
If you have any question please feel free to contact us.
I hope you have many fortunes and good health.
sincerely
wen

mostly positive feedback, but pretty fishy. but that's a hell of a deal for a lp standard or classic, if it is in deed such.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: rmaxtpmx]
      #232740 - 06/01/06 07:04 PM
If that's not a scam, I'll eat my hat.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #232813 - 06/01/06 09:47 PM
notice how he ignores the question "can you tell me what it says on top of the guitar" i wouldnt go anywhere near that guy. thats probably not even a picture of the guitar hes got.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: :simon:]
      #232841 - 06/01/06 11:09 PM
That's another common ploy. My wife runs a site for her dad selling Antique Clocks. She was recently alerted to the fact that a number of her images and descriptions had been lifted by someone purporting to be selling them on eBay!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #232848 - 06/01/06 11:30 PM
Saw a nice u87 mic for sale in the USA, to good to be true? E mailed and they stated they had just moved over to Bali, if i sent half the money they would send me the mic!

Please dont say someone bought it, it was only £400! Ha.
Yes i blocked the caller.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #244808 - 29/01/06 10:55 PM
Ok.. be aware of a guy with the email ScottFather1956 @hotmail and ebay name of BobbyBlueMonkey

He is offering a Roland Jupiter 8 with Kention kit for a "buy now" price of £200 but you have to buy 2!! Imaging someone actually having two to sell.

Ok, that scam was easy to spot but I checked out his other items: Apple 30inch screem, Korg Triton, some wierd modular synth (could be Russian), Sony HandyCam... a hold load of stuff. Oh and DDrums too.

Usual, Western Union money transfer scam.

Edited by Pip (29/01/06 10:57 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Pip]
      #245078 - 30/01/06 02:00 PM
I was one of the many victims of MC Boardman a few years back so I can only advise anyone to be extra vigilant when dealing with "to good to be true" offers. If you part with your cash, it's highly like you'll never see your money again. I didn't / haven't and the police have been as much use as a bucket of sh*te chasing / finding this w*nker or even keeping me up-to-date! It's been 2.5 years! Not a dickie bird!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #247186 - 02/02/06 09:16 PM
Yah I've been scammed on ebay before... beware of johnleota, he bought a microphone off me and never replied or payed... I ended up having to pay the ebay fees...

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Stephen W.]
      #247407 - 03/02/06 09:27 AM
You can get a refund of eBay fees if you file a non-paying bidder. It takes a little time, but the process does work. It did for me in anyway, twice...


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Pip]
      #254497 - 16/02/06 03:34 AM
I wish I had seen this before findinf out about Scottfather1956. He4 just stole $2,215 from me. I would like to know how you are sure he is the same person as Bobby Blue Monkey on eBay. WHY cant he be caught??? Any ideas?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ElviraZ28]
      #254612 - 16/02/06 11:36 AM
their email is the same, when people send mail via the ebay system, it usually reveals their direct registered email address, and in this case they're the same .

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #254614 - 16/02/06 11:41 AM
I agree with the judge in Pinocio, people who have stuff stolen from them should go to prison. Perhaps then they would be more careful . . .

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #256947 - 20/02/06 07:24 PM
Beware the "Second Chance Offer" emails which look like the real thing, except that there's no link to buy from the ebay site. I think the graphics in the email were even directly posted from ebay's site.

If you reply (and I did...I really wanted that DA-7), the second email will ask for personal information.

At that point I emailed the seller directly from ebay, asking him to confirm that he'd actually made the Second Chance Offer. Guess what? He had not.

Good luck!
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #267205 - 13/03/06 09:08 PM
I've just been informed that the following PayPal-scam has started to rear its ugly head frequently (again):

It works as follows:
An e-mail is sent to your PayPal e-mail account, confirming you've just paid for an item using PayPal:

Dear [name],
This e-mail confirms that you have paid NAME* (e-mail@name.com) $ [amount] USD using PayPal.

This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as NAME*


The address mentioned under 'Shipping Information' is most likely unknown to you, so you're probably tempted to click the 'Dispute Transaction' link below the sentence 'If you haven't authorized this charge, click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund'

Don't! The link refers to a spoofed website in Croatia: ebnc.cipet.ac.cr/coppermine/.us/cancel.htm

If you'd log into your PayPal-account, you will notice that no such charge on your account (if all is well, that is!).

*) This is likely to be the name and e-mail address you're using for your PayPal account, so the message may appear authentic. It is not!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #268066 - 15/03/06 03:43 PM
just got this email:

Quote:

WEBMAIL PROMO.FORWARD YOUR DETAILS
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARD DEPARTMENT

RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to
you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Second Category
draws of THE MICRO/STAAT PROMO INT. We are happy to inform you that you
have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our
promotional draws. The draws are being officially announced today 15th
of March, 2006. Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and
companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East,
and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.




Your e-
mail address, attached to ticket number 50941465206-529, with serial
number 5772-54 drew the lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44 and consequently
won in the First Category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum
pay out of 1,000,000 (One Million Euros), which is the winning payout
for Category A winners.
This is from the total prize money from
2,000,000 shared among the 2 winners in this category CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank.
In your best interest
to aviod mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you
keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until
the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your
funds remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants/nonparticipants of this program.
Please contact your
claims agent immediately for due processing and remittance of your
prize money to a designated account of your choice:



You are advised
to contact the agents by email.
Failure to do so may warrant
disqualification.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find
below your Reference and Batch numbers.
Remember to quote these
numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent.



REFERENCE
NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/06
BATCH NUMBER: 75/011/INL



To file for your
claim,please contact the fiduciary agent.



***********************************************
MR.JOHAN
PIETER.
ROTTERDAM,THE NETHERLANDS.
TELEPHONE:0031-622-142-315.

Reply Email: staatlotawaednl@netscape.net
***********************************************
Congratulations once
again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions
program.

Sincerely Yours,
MRS.MARISKA NOWAK.
THE PROMOTION
COORDINATOR,







what shall i spend the money on?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #274772 - 28/03/06 02:57 PM
just to say that known fraudster tomasl11@yahoo.com is on eBay again, attempting to sell Moog Voyagers...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Moog-Minimoog-Voyager-Analog-Synthesizer-Mini-Moog_W 0QQitemZ7402725607QQcategoryZ72447QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Moog-Minimoog-Voyager-Analog-Synthesizer-Mini-Moog_W 0QQitemZ7402731388QQcategoryZ72447QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: baron_de]
      #274797 - 28/03/06 03:46 PM
What's his general history? His eBay history seems good!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #274810 - 28/03/06 04:23 PM
having two of them seemed dubious to me... so i googled his address and it turns up on a brace of fraudster lists.

one of the listings has now been removed by eBay themselves.

then there's the price... the fact that he puts his email address on the listing... FB is from sellers... and doesn't reply when i ask to pay COD ;-)

i'd say 'be careful'... no?


...bugger, have i just done myself out of a bargain..?

...double bugger, am i in court for libel..?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: baron_de]
      #274819 - 28/03/06 04:46 PM
Madness!!!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #274955 - 28/03/06 09:44 PM
seen this last week, thought it was too good to be true

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7401167074&rd=1&sspag ename=STRK%3AMEWA%3APIC&rd=1

i sent an email to him about shipping costs and i got a message back directing me to email his personal email for a response which i ignored. then i got an email from an "ebay partner" which i never opened. then.. i got a message from ebay in my ebay account saying...


Our records indicate that you recently sent an email to or received an email from downsa through the eBay email system (for example, you may have sent an email to this member through Ask Seller a Question or received an email from this member through Contact eBay Member).

Sometimes eBay accounts are used to send email solicitations for transactions outside of eBay, or to send unrelated questions in hopes that you will respond so that the other party can obtain your email address. We wanted you to be aware of the potential fraud risk these solicitations pose and encourage you to be cautious about the email you received from this member.

Please keep in mind, sales that take place outside of eBay are not eligible for any eBay or PayPal protective services and you run the risk of losing your money or your item if you complete these transactions. We would encourage you to review the eBay pages related to Fraud Protection at the address provided below for information on steps you can take to ensure that your transactions are successful:

http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/confidence/isgw-fraud-ov.html

Should you have paid for this item, please write with details through our "Contact Us" form found on the page below:

http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/contact_inline/index.html

Please select "Report problems with other eBay members > Fraud concerns for buyers > You paid for an item but never received it"

If you have paid for the item through PayPal, you may find the following page useful:

/csg/p?www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_pbp-info-outside

Regards,

Trust & Safety Department





Now i see the item is back under a different name and location..........
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Digidesign-Control-24-Board_W0QQitemZ7402828577QQcat egoryZ23792QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #274964 - 28/03/06 10:04 PM
Quote Conz:

What's his general history? His eBay history seems good!




His account has been hijacked and used to list fake auctions.

Look at sellers other auctions and see that a wide range of items, desirable to many types of people have been power listed for a 1 day auction. Scammer is trying to lure people interested into offline sales with his invitation to email him.

It's essential to contact sellers through eBays internal messaging system.

Also essential to look at feedback, selling patterns and current auctions when considering buying off anyone. If something looks suspicious, confirm that it's not before sending payment. There's lots of scams out there!!!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Fuji Ed]
      #275417 - 29/03/06 06:02 PM
Intesteting to see how these things "work". So it's a hijacked good history.

But good news! His buyer backed out and I've still got a chance for a cheap Voyager!

>Hello,

>I ended my auction early, since a customer convinced me
>that he will buy my item for sure today, while he had the
>money in hand.
>But in the last email he told me that he can`t buy my item >anymore. I don`t know what to think..but I reported him to >eBay.
>Are you interested to purchase my item for US$ 1600?
>I will cover all the shipping and insured fees. You will >receive the item in Max 2-3 business days at your door. >You must know that I have asked in my auctions to be >contacted in my email address because I am carefully with >my auctions since I had multiple problems in the past with >nonpaying bidders so this is not the first time when I >meet with this problem.

I will be glad to hear from you as soon as possible!

Best Regards,


>>I am interested in this item, can I have details of >>shipping to UK, please.

>>Also, I need to pay Cash-On-Delivery - is this possible?

>>Thanks!

...ho hum...


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SOS Readers Ads Scammer new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #277981 - 04/04/06 09:11 AM
Seems like quite a few readers ads advertisers are being approached by someone using the email address geo_willis07@myway.com and sending them a variation of the typical scammer First Contact email. See example below:

From: geo_willis07@myway.com


Dear seller,
I 'm interested in purchasing your advertised [your product will appear here] and i will like to know the price if is okay by me.if I can pay with a cheque drawn in your location. If this is okay with you do get back to me immediately for me to arrange the payment. Concerning the shippment, my shipper will come and pick it up from your location as soon as we seal this transaction. Do get back to me immediately with your Full Name, Contact Address and
Phone Number for me to instruct my client to make the payment ASAP. Hope to hear from you soon.
Best regards


Our advice is to proceed no further with such approaches and ignore them, or you might lose your shirt!

Personally, I would ignore any would-be buyer whose email contains reference to a "shipper" and then wait and see how they follow this up. If they are a genuine advertiser, it should become apparent.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #281414 - 11/04/06 07:26 PM
Hi all,

I have this one too. Typical bad English, send me your address and I send round some nice peolpe who will save you on your house-moving costs. Yeah right !

Just a thought, if you do get this one, remember they do not know your email address as it is sent through the system. If you reply, you will be bombarded with mulitple "phishing" emails.
Also, if you are a PC user watchout as they will send you one or two choice hidden applications that clock your key activity etc to get passwords.
The apps are hidden in "document" files and on the PC they are hidden/ disguised, not so on the Mac as they are quite easy to see.
they usually look innocent enough, like "Here are those files you requested"
'data.doc'

Best advice is to bin all such mail.





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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #282045 - 12/04/06 08:34 PM
can anyone with a more trained eye tell me if this ebay offer is authentic; it seems too good to be authentic... http://cgi.ebay.com/MACKIE-D8B-DIGITAL-mixer-custom-patch-bay-snake_W0QQit emZ6621571199QQcategoryZ50QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Conny]
      #282183 - 13/04/06 07:53 AM
Quote connie:

can anyone with a more trained eye tell me if this ebay offer is authentic; it seems too good to be authentic... http://cgi.ebay.com/MACKIE-D8B-DIGITAL-mixer-custom-patch-bay-snake_W0QQit emZ6621571199QQcategoryZ50QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting




Best thing to do is throw a few questions at the seller like, "can I view /try the goods before I bid?", "can I pay cash and collect personally?", etc. If they refuse any of these, steer well clear...

I remember seeing an auction for a Fairlight, with no pictures, although they were available upon demand, so I requested them... They were pictures of a Synclavier (pics were actually from Synhouse a Sync restorer, who I know), so I played with the seller for a little while. In a nutshell, he was adamant I was NOT to see the unit(s) until payment had been made and cleared. He actually started to get irate.

Good luck!
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Conny]
      #283013 - 15/04/06 12:33 AM
this item has been removed early from ebay , beware of items
advertised from the bristol area there is a member of this mag with several items for sale in the readers adverts,if you want to read an interesting bit of infomation search for: Knowhere Contact uk: Mangotsfield, the person named here is we believe at it again,


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: bakup]
      #292455 - 06/05/06 09:58 AM
Here is an email I got today regarding an SOS readers ad I have placed.


Dear seller, I'm interested in purchasing your advertised Item,and i will like to know the price if is okay by me.if I
can pay with a cheque drawnin your location. If this is okay with you
do get back to me immediately for me to arrange the payment. Concerning
the shippment, my shipper will come and pick it up from your location
as soon as we seal this transaction. Do getback to me immediately with
your Full Name, Contact Address andPhone Number for me to instruct my
client to make the payment ASAP. Hope tohear from you soon. Best regards,


Looks like a message from here but with different text to try and fool, I'm certainly not going to reply, plus it's all to vague and pass the buckish..if you know what I mean.



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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #294080 - 09/05/06 03:59 PM
had this on monday and told him where to go

john timms blanch
hi there,how are you doing,however i just contacted my client that the check was sent you 8am this morning with an error on payment,also i will like to notify you that he issue a check of 1500 pounds to you intead your asking 150,there was an over payment of 1350,and i will kindly like you to cash the check immediately you receive it and help have the excess fund send back to him via western union.i hope this is acceptable.Anticipating your quick respond.God bless you.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: necromunger]
      #294399 - 10/05/06 08:51 AM
Did anyone see the huge SSL E-series on eBay recently, sat at £200 for days but sold last minute for £8000 odd. Love to know how the buyer got on, the guy had no feedback, it was a private auction etc etc.....


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Scammers: close down their email account new [Re: baron_de]
      #295155 - 11/05/06 09:37 AM
We received this useful email from a reader, so we are passing on his tip to aid others:



Thanks for your warning regarding the cheque/shipper scam that currently operates. 1 day after placing my ad with you I received this mail which was then followed by the exact pattern you laid out. Having recognised it I contacted the MET as my local Police force and it turns out that there is some limited action that they can take to at least have the fraudsters e-mail account closed down (I realise this is small, but every little helps)

Potential victims need to obtain a reply e-mail directly from the 'buyer' (rather than through your site) and then forward that message with the internet headers pasted in to this address - fraud.alert@met.police.uk . Below is an excerpt from the e-mail I got from the MET.

'To find the Internet Headers you need to look on the original e-mail that was sent to you. I have attached a Web link which explains how to find them. http://www.johnru.com/active-whois/trace-email.html or if using a Macintosh http://www.mind.net/hpage/omacheader.html

Once you have found the Internet Headers you need to copy and then paste this information into your message to us. This then enables us to trace the origin of messages and then if possible close the Website or E-mail account down.

Please note that without this information there is little we can do to help stop this situation being repeated again and again.'

On no account should a suspicious seller give out home address details (even if they really want to see a fraudulent cheque) as this could lead to burglary and their goods disappearing.

I hope that this info can be passed on so that as many of these fraudsters can be stopped, or at least hindered, as possible.



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SOS Readers Ads Scam Alert new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #307316 - 05/06/06 10:19 AM
The following email reads like a potential scam, and seems to have been sent to lots of advertisers in Readers Ads, so I'm p[osting it here as a warning to TAKE CARE. Personally, I'd give it a wide berth...

Dear Sir/Madam,
H & S International Limited is an european textile company.We produce and distribute clothing materials such as batiks,assorted fabrics and traditional costume worldwide.We have reached big sales volume of textile materials in the Europe and now are trying to penetrate the UK market. Quite soon we will open representative offices or authorized sales centers in the United Kingdom and therefore we are currently looking for people who will assist us in establishing a new distribution network there.
The fact is that despite the UK market is new for us we already have regular clients also speaks for itself.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR US?
The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in UK is 25%, whereas for the individual it is only 7%.There is no sense for us to work this way, while tax for international money transfer made by a private individual is 7% .That's why we need you! We need agents to receive payment for our textiles( in money orders,banker's Draft,check or bank wire transfers) and to resend the money to us via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer.This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Recieve payment from Clients
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance afer deduction of percentage/pay to any of the
offices you will be contacted to send payment to(Payment is to forwarded either by Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
10% from each operation! For instance: you receive 7000GBP via Banker's Draft or money orders on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep GBP 700GBP (10% from GBP7000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later it will increase up to 12%!

ADVANTAGES
You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to 3000-4000 GBP monthly depending on time you will spend for this job.
You do not need any capital to start.You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job.The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us due to our excellent work condition.

MAIN REQUIREMENTS
18 years or older
legally capable
responsible
ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
with PC knowledge
e-mail and internet experience (minimal)
And please know that Everything is absolutely legal, that's why You have to fill a contract!
If you are interested in our offer, please respond with the following

details in order for us to reach you:
NAME
CONTACT ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBERS
AGE
SEX

Thanks for your anticipated action.And we hope to hear back from you.
YOU ARE TO SEND YOUR REPLY TO MY ALTERNATE/PRIVATE EMAIL:
sobat_tech_uk@yahoo.co.uk
Very Respectfully,
Mr.
President,
H& S International Limited
102 Broadway,
Cowbridge,
CF71 7ER, Wales
United Kingdom
Phone:447024022091
Fax: 447005808027


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #307319 - 05/06/06 10:28 AM
I got this over the weekend for 3 of my items in the SOS ads column. It read EXACTLY the same for all 3, so looks like a scam to me...

Hello seller,

I am an engineer based in ireland.I saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really interested.I want to know the present working condition of your item.Please do go ahead and tell me the present condition ,and the {least price} that it will be sold for. Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase,as my shippers are ready to come for the pick-up.

Get Back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_garry_roland@yahoo.co.uk

Regards,

Garry Roland


If he's genuine, then I apologise, but the email doesn't seem very personal at all and has characteristics of the regular scams we've all come to know and hate!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #307323 - 05/06/06 10:38 AM
This Gerry Roland has emailed LOTS of SOS sellers over the weekend too, so I would ignore such contact (any mention of a shipper and steer clear IMHO !!!!).

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #307451 - 05/06/06 03:12 PM
Quote Forum Admin:

This Gerry Roland has emailed LOTS of SOS sellers over the weekend too, so I would ignore such contact (any mention of a shipper and steer clear IMHO !!!!).
ian G










Yes i thought as much,I had 12 ads in the SOS ad pages and i had an email regarding all of them with the same text from this guy,so thought it was far too hoky,given that he replied exact,when most people tend to be short and sweet when enquiring





Heres the email cut and pasted from my mail box,sounds remarkbly similar to Conz

Hello seller,
I am an engineer based in ireland.I saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really interested.I want to know the present working condition of your item.Please do go ahead and tell me the present condition ,and the {least price} that it will be sold for. Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase,as my shippers are ready to come for the pick-up.
Get Back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_garry_roland@yahoo.co.uk
Regards,
Garry Roland

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #307675 - 06/06/06 12:17 AM
I've had the same email - definately a scam. Not decided whether to string the guy along for a bit. Some people must be desperate to reply to what looks like the majority of adverts on this site!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #307811 - 06/06/06 10:49 AM
Here's a follow-up email that this Garry Roland sent to another SOS reader who replied to his initial approach:

With thanks I acknowledge the receipt of your mail and the contents were well noted...I am happy the Item is still available for sale and price you placed is okay with me. I am prepared to offer you an extra £200 Extra to secure the sale to me, so the total balance to be paid to you will be £500.

I am actually buying this as a gift for a Neighboring Church in Africa for rehearsal an their upcoming harvest next month. I have already arranged with my shipper for a pick-up at your location after payment as been confirmed by you, I’ll handle the cost however. Pick-up will only be done when you have money in hands ok?

Please let me have your Full Details such as:
Your Full Name
Contact address and Post code including your mobile and home/office phone number where i could get you anytime i feel the call is needed so i can have my banker issue the payment {BANK DRAFT} to be sent to you as quickly as possible...

Hope i can trust you on this sales, cause i am buying here online for the first time and i hope it goes well for us...And also i will be sending more than the asking price due to the shipment Cost cause i will want my private shipping agent to come for the pickup of all my items in the UK...You will be sending the remaining funds to my shipping agent through via western union or money gram so he can come for pick up immediately okay !!!!!

I await your mail later today..!!!!!!!

Best Regards...........

Engr Garry Roland


Quote Conz:

I got this over the weekend for 3 of my items in the SOS ads column. It read EXACTLY the same for all 3, so looks like a scam to me...

Hello seller,

I am an engineer based in ireland.I saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really interested.I want to know the present working condition of your item.Please do go ahead and tell me the present condition ,and the {least price} that it will be sold for. Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase,as my shippers are ready to come for the pick-up.

Get Back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_garry_roland@yahoo.co.uk

Regards,

Garry Roland


If he's genuine, then I apologise, but the email doesn't seem very personal at all and has characteristics of the regular scams we've all come to know and hate!

Cheers,
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Nigerian scammer jailed new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #308301 - 07/06/06 07:34 AM
The police unfortunately cannot follow-up every internet scammer, but (as this news story from the BBC shows) they do thankfully seem to be having a go and succeeding at jailing some of these scamming ba***rds!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/3594043.stm

One down, thousands to go... Stay vigilant.

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Re: Nigerian scammer jailed new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #308323 - 07/06/06 08:10 AM
Quote Forum Admin:

The police unfortunately cannot follow-up every internet scammer, but (as this news story from the BBC shows) they do thankfully seem to be having a go and succeeding at jailing some of these scamming ba***rds!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/3594043.stm

One down, thousands to go... Stay vigilant.

Ian G




That's made my day! Thanks for the link!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #309684 - 10/06/06 07:49 AM
Recieved another what i think is a scam,I had the same reply for 4 bits of gear(I apologise to the person if this is genuine which i very much doubt given the duplicate )I have ommitted the guys Phone number just incase,but seeing as the person used the same wording (apart from the **** which was where he mentioned the gear i was selling and the listed price)

Its got to be a hoax,this is not the kind of normal reply that you get when someone enquires (genuinly)


Anyone else had an of these???




"Hello, am interested in your ******** which you posted for sale on the internet. Do get back to me with the lastest offering price.i will want you konw if is still is good condition. I will be looking forward to your response.I can be reach via e-mail johnsonyoung_1@yahoo.co.uk or phone
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Mr Sister]
      #310118 - 12/06/06 07:53 AM
That sounds like a scam to me. These scammers always seem to ask "latest price" and "present condition", even though you state in the ad the price and condition... Well, I do in anyway.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #310195 - 12/06/06 11:27 AM
A bit of advice here to avoid buying anything from either "Jarl Wholesale" or "Jarl Audio" on eBay (or the web). Although they initially appear to be UK based they seem to be a front for a Chinese counterfeit goods operation. A Sennheiser EW100 radio headset kit that I bought was shipped direct from China and turned out to be imitation kit with Sennheiser logos, badges and stickers on and not at all what was shown in the advert. I couldn't even see if it works as according to the stickers it is the wrong frequency range for the UK.

The company have not responded to my emails.

I have informed both eBay (no response to date) and John Willet - who is informing Sennheiser in Germany of this lot.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #315894 - 26/06/06 03:58 AM
Anyone want a Roland MKS-80 for a bargain......from er, China

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ROLAND-MKS-80-MPG-80-SUPER-JUPITER-RARE_W0QQitemZ170 001403165QQihZ007QQcategoryZ623QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #330686 - 27/07/06 01:45 PM
Pretty sure we got another Scammer drifting the Reader ads Received this Email today





Hello,
Having read through the details of your advert in the listing.I will be much enthusiastic in saying that i will be eager to purchase your "xxxxxx" at the reasonable retail best offer price of £xxx.Please,i will kindly want you to get back to with with more pics,details including the present condition and defects which might have been excluded in the listing.I will be more happy to hearing from you again and having the transaction close up as soon as possible.Hope to read from your prompt and positive response.
Regards.
N.B:I will be making the payment with a certified bank cheque drawn from UK bank.



johnmikel1983@yahoo.com

I apologise if this IS a genuine punter,but sounds too Hokey for my liking and very much worded like someone whos trying to scam its not the Usual sort of query from a genuine buyer,Anyone else had anything


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Quaver]
      #330702 - 27/07/06 02:09 PM

Of course it is.

If i'm wrong, i would like you please to get back with me about this and will be happy to hear with you on it.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #337169 - 10/08/06 11:59 PM
Absolutely hilarious. I would refuse anyone business based on them being unable to use correct punctuation and grammar.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #337172 - 11/08/06 12:01 AM
I'm going to die a poor man.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: baron_de]
      #350234 - 06/09/06 09:30 PM
I see these tw@ts all the time punting out fantoms and extremes et al for stupid money, why dont we all form a bidding cartel (which there are loads of anyway) and bid it up to 1,000,000 pounds straight away. Ebay ignore to a point but if they see regular occurances of said million they close down accounts if fee's dont get replied to as they are terrified of fraud allegations..

But if you are tw@t enough to think you will get a fantom x8 for £150 you deserve everything you get!

Lets fleece the fleecers, bid em up to a million+

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #353270 - 14/09/06 02:07 AM
Another thing to watch for: check the seller's history. If it has been dormant for a while....

Danger Will Robinson....

I saw a Kyma and an Apogee up from an account that hadn't been used for over 3 years. You can't check their items to see if they had been buying or selling shoes, colored golf balls, or whatever.

(also watch for 1-day and 3-day ads...)

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #355602 - 19/09/06 11:25 AM
I've recently been scammed by an e-bay user called name removed for legal reasons.So do not trust this e-bayer at all.I paid £101 for a cd player which paypal accidentally took 2 payments from bank for so I payed £202,then I was refunded by the very annoyed seller like it was my fault.I clicked the mouse once and paypal sent 2 payments so its their fault.The he refused to send me the ce even though I had paid for it.

Now after name removed ignoring countless e-mails me and paypal have sent him asking for him to send the cd player or to refund my money,he still has my £101 and is being given 9 more days before action is taken by way of the police.I have looked on e-bay and he has now un-registered from e-bay in the hope that he cannot be traced and will be able to keep the £101 of my money.But he is a verified paypal user so the idiot has all his details including address and phone number on the paypal database which means he will not get away with it and after 9 days,the police will be called by me pressing charges against him for fraud.

I don't know whether or not this is the kind of thing that this 'e-bay scam' section of this forum is for but if it is I wanted to make everyone aware of name removed on e-bay as being a fraudster and thief.

Semtex - general heads-ups are useful to alert other readers, but there are always 2 sides to every story and your comments may land you in legal hot water, and us, so I am removing them as requested by the other party - Forum Admin

This fraudster's e-bay name is name removed so do not trust him.The worst part is he had a feedback score on e-bay of 100% then ruined it all when he decided to steal my money.

We have been informed that you have been refunded both amounts, so your comments are no longer justified. If this is incorrect, get in touch directly with webmaster@soundonsound.com, but for legal reasons please do not post here about this incident - Forum Admin

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #363794 - 06/10/06 11:38 AM
Seems we have another scammer trawling the Ads...but by the sounds of it,the scammer maybe thinks I'm selling a car???


From: maggie_teddy77us@yahoo.se

Goodday,
I was fortunate to spot your advert on the net and I Like to know if it is still availabe for sale . if available,please get? back to me with the following enquiries: are you the first owner? any accident? last price? present condition? pics? where are you based? What is the reasone you want to sell it and made of payment is BANK DRAFT


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #363837 - 06/10/06 01:16 PM
Hello,
I want to buy Hypersonic VST, so just checked out on 'Froogle'...someone on Ebay claims to be selling it 'for PC only' for 10 quid.

This is so far off the 'usual' retail price I thought I'd better let everyone know, and ask if anyone else knows about the seller? Seller's name = linforddelivery91. Private seller, claims to have 20 Hypersonic v2.0 packages in stock, presumably new. Dodgy or not people????????

Cheeky


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #363842 - 06/10/06 01:27 PM
Sounds a little iffy to me- what with all the headaches we get with official software, in terms of correct drivers, updates, etc , I'd be wary of buying anything that didn't come from an official distributor/shop- you may end up with something that either won't work (and no support from the seller), or, worse, something that screws your whole system up.

I reckon music software is in the same state as music CDs- if you want more good software to be designed, or good music made, you have to be prepared to put your hands in your pocket and pay for it. Buy the software, and buy the music. Ripping off either software designers or musicians isn't going to help any of us.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #364571 - 08/10/06 07:08 PM
Has anyone heard about these as being scams:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mackie-Digital-X-Bus-X-200-High-Definition-Digital-M ixe_W0QQitemZ140040147782QQihZ004QQcategoryZ22669QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mackie-Onyx-4880_W0QQitemZ140040151499QQihZ004QQcate goryZ22669QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Im assuming it must be a scam because the prices are so crazy!

Anyone know?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #371554 - 23/10/06 03:38 PM
Another Scammer


From: todd_hawmann@yahoo.com

Dear seller,
I 'm interested in purchasing your advertised item,and i will like to know the price if is okay by me.if I can pay with bank transfer. If this is okay with you do get back to me immediately for me to arrange the payment. Do get back to me immediately with your Full Name, Contact Address and Phone Number for me to instruct my client to make the payment ASAP. Hope to hear from you soon.
Best regards,




Getting Peeed off now,This is the 3rd one this month!!!!

I stopped using Ebay because of these losers,now i use SOS as a more "safer and genuine selling place,and still get tossers annoying me!!

Can't the mods terminate there accounts????


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Mr Sister]
      #371577 - 23/10/06 04:28 PM
They're all over the place... Probably same group of gippos. Here's one I got (and deleted) this morning:

From: todd_hawmann@yahoo.com

Dear seller,

I 'm interested in purchasing your advertised RS 654 / RS 954 ,and i will like to know the price if is okay by me.if I can pay with bank transfer. If this is okay with you do get back to me immediately for me to arrange the payment. Do get back to me immediately with your Full Name, Contact Address and Phone Number for me to instruct my client to make the payment ASAP. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Mr Sister]
      #371598 - 23/10/06 05:49 PM
Quote Mr Sister:

Another Scammer


From: todd_hawmann@yahoo.com


Can't the mods terminate there accounts????




Yes, I do terminate any scammer's account with SOS, but this is always by default in retrospect after they have contacted someone. They simply re-register with our site.

I did think of banning the use of Yahoo email registrations at one time, but that's unfair on genuine Yahoo users - but they do seem to nearly always use Yahoo email addresses, so if you are suspicious of any email approaches fro readers ads gear you are selling, if it's a Yahoo account and poorly written English, then reason to be doubly on the alert perhaps?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #381563 - 16/11/06 04:16 PM
Hello All

I have had a couple of suspect emails from the same person. He has left a mobile number too for some odd reason!!

Quote:


From: rollandlord47@yahoo.com

How are you today? I will like to know if the item is till up for sale.Await the
price along with the present condition.

Regards..

07024079053







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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Q00]
      #381565 - 16/11/06 04:18 PM
Just went to post a message on the readers ads scam alert and found this about same guy

Quote:

Avoid rollandlord47@yahoo.com robot ? trying to pull £2000 chex scam , call his number & slag off ! 07024079053.
£2000




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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Q00]
      #381571 - 16/11/06 04:40 PM
Yesterday, from SOS RAd's

Quote:


From: rollandlord47@yahoo.com

How are you today? I will like to know if the item is till up for sale.Await the
price along with the present condition.

Regards..

07024079053







Me three.
Despite the fact that the price and present condition are clearly mentoned.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: table for two]
      #381597 - 16/11/06 05:13 PM
I sent a reply stating that the condition and cost were on the advert. His reply I hear you cry!!

Quote:

Hello,

Thanks for the mail respones. The price is okay by
me,I do appreciate your response regarding my offer on
the ( GEQ3102 & DSP2000 C).Am out for a missionary
assistment
outside the UK at the moment as an (UNICEF AGENT).I
have contact my client who is my associate to issue
out a cheque of (£3,500) to you . Once you receive
the cheque all you have to do is just to deduct the
cost of the (GEQ3102 & DSP2000 C) after the cheque
must
have clear in your bank and then kindly assist in
wiring the rest of the funds to my shipping agent
through Western Union Money Transfer they are the ones
who will be coming down for the pickup in your
ends.The reason for this is that they have some other
consignment in which they have to pickup for me near
your location hope this is clear
with you.
These funds would be used for arranging the
shippment and also make arrangements for all necessary
shipping dcuments.So all you have to do is just to
provide me with the information which the paymentwould
be sent to you such as
Full Name on cheque............
Home Address......
city........
State.........
Zipcode........
Country......
Home, cell, work phone numbers.....

So as soon as all these details have been provided
payment would be issued out to you as soon as
possible,I will wait for the cheque to clear before
pickup is made.I would be expecting to read from you.

Best regards.

07024079053

I will offer you £50 for you to considered the item
sold to me.





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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Q00]
      #381621 - 16/11/06 05:56 PM
Lo and behold, I got exactly the same response about 2 mins ago, having sent the email about an hour ago.
With the email titled "Pickup schedule" !


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #385059 - 24/11/06 07:24 PM
Quote:

From: suzan_millbranth1@yahoo.com

Hello,



How are you today? I will like to know if the item you listed for sale is

till available for sale.Am much interested in it,do get back to me with the

price and the condition along with photo if available. Await your respones

soonest.



Best regards..



Millbranth

07024079053




Will reply from a throwaway address I've got and tag him along for a while. Light entertainment if nothing else....


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Ben Bayliss]
      #385093 - 24/11/06 08:17 PM
Yeah i'm getting the same crap as above ^^


From: suzan_millbranth1@yahoo.com

Hello,

How are you today? I will like to know if the item you listed for sale is till available for sale.Am much interested in it,do get back to me with the price and the condition along with photo if available. Await your respones soonest.

Best regards..
Millbranth

07024079053


Deposit in nearest bin


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #386178 - 27/11/06 06:41 PM
Seems this jerk(s)is back...

ello,

Thanks for the mail respones.I will urge you to get
back to me with
the price so that i can make payment to you asap.
Do bear in mind that i will be paying with cheque
and i will wait
for the cheque to clear before pickup is done,i live
in scotland.Await your respones
soonest.

Regards..

suzan_millbranth1@yahoo.com


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #387527 - 30/11/06 10:37 AM
To stop annnoying and dangerous mails, I've found SpamEater Pro 4 from High Mountain Software to be invaluable. You can see the message and delete it without having to download it to your PC.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #395092 - 18/12/06 12:49 PM
I think as a rule, just ignore any email with sufficiently dodgy grammar....

I'm surprised no-one has set up an intermediary company for online transactions... They take receipt of the goods and release them to buyer once the money clears - else they return the goods.

Does this exist? If not, why not?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Stoney]
      #395117 - 18/12/06 01:23 PM
Quote Stoney:

I'm surprised no-one has set up an intermediary company for online transactions... They take receipt of the goods and release them to buyer once the money clears - else they return the goods.

Does this exist? If not, why not?



You mean ESCROW? Like this?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #395169 - 18/12/06 02:46 PM
Cool - thanks. Yeah I thought it was a pretty obvious solution....

It can't be that widely used then can it?? Or at least, it has failed to become the de facto standard for internet transactions. Otherwise these scams would cease surely? - any idea why?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: TAKEN.BALL.GONE.HOME]
      #395272 - 18/12/06 05:51 PM
Here at SOS we did investigate the concept of us becoming an escrow service, but it would have involved us in becoming compliant with Financial Services Authority (FSA) rules and that was a whole load of admin hoops we simply do not have time or inclination to jump through -- even if they would accept us!!!

The escrow.com site is based in USA and is seemingly governed by USA regualtions, see footer on their site:

All US dollar escrow services offered on this Website are provided independently and exclusively by Internet Escrow Services(SM) (IES), one of the operating subsidiaries of Escrow.com. IES is fully licensed and accredited as an escrow company and is subject to compliance with all applicable escrow regulations, including the California Financial and Business Code.

There's nothing stopping you asking a Readers Ads seller if they will accept such a service, but since it takes a cut of the action, and there's probably someone else always willing to deal direct, it means take-up of escrow has been less than everyone would think in this scam-soaked internet world.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #395375 - 18/12/06 09:16 PM
I made some tentative enquiries of escrow.com a while back. I found the whole user experience to be too dollarised and US-centric to give me a warm cosy feeling. I think there was an issue about using their preferred courier too, which was US-based IIRC. If they or someone like them would set up a truly EU-based service then it might seem more attractive - to me at least.

Incidentally, Ian, I was involved in the creation of a non-profit FSA-regulated limited company a few years ago - and it was not especially difficult to do. All the same, I guess it would be much easier to focus on what you do best and 'outsource the rest' as they say

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #395536 - 19/12/06 08:50 AM
Fancy setting up a company Jimi?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #401048 - 05/01/07 11:40 AM
Hi,

Just been playing along with our latest scammer.
He wanted my SH-2000 synth - was going to send cheque for £3500 bla bla bla....

Here are some details from the mail.
It is so easy to spot a scammer but some people have too much trust in others!


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Hello,

Thanks for the mail respones.I will be interested in
the item i will urge you to get back to me with the
price so that i can make payment to you asap.

Regards..
-------------------------



Thanks for the mail respones.The condition is okay by
me and the price,i do appreciate your effort in
considering the item sold to me.Just to let you know
that i will through cheque once it clears the pickup
will be made.
Am out for an assignment outside UK at the moment do
accept my sincere appology just to speed up the
payment and shippment i have contacted my client to
make out the payment to you.You will be receiving a
payment of £3,500 from my client in which you will
have to let it clear, after clearance you will deduct
the cost of your(SH-2000 Vintage Synth) £230 and have
the
rest of the fund send to my shipper.
This shipping agent will be the one that will be
handling the shippment of the (SH-2000 Vintage Synth)
and
other consignment in which they will be helping me in
shipping out of the UK.The rest of the fund is meant
for the shipping Fees and Tax Levy that will be impose
on every consignment.I will be needing your assistance
in helping me to send the fund to them so that pickup
can commence immedaitely.Await your Details such as(
Name on Cheque,Contact Address and Phone Number) so
that the payment can be send out to you asap.
In order to speed up this transaction i have consider
to compensate you with £30,do inform
other buyer that the item is sold already.

Best regards..

07024079053


gary peterson



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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #401086 - 05/01/07 01:10 PM
Yes I had one today,I presume its the same Idiot You had seeing as the Phone number is exact

From: stmitgay8@yahoo.com

Dear Seller,
How are you today? Compliment of the season.I will like to know if the item above you listed on the ads is till up for sale.Do get back to me with the price along with the photo,hope the condition is in good shape.
Await your respones.
Regards..

07024079053







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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #401604 - 06/01/07 12:03 PM
Recording Studio Laptop.Ultra Mobile.£14'000 software!!

made me laugh


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #402486 - 08/01/07 12:59 PM
"Gary Peterson" stmitgay8@yahoo.com sent me this:

Hello,

Thanks for the mail respones.The condition is okay by
me and the price,i do appreciate your effort in
considering the item sold to me.Just to let you know
that i will through cheque once it clears the pickup
will be made.
Am out for an assignment outside UK at the moment do
accept my sincere appology just to speed up the
payment and shippment i have contacted my client to
make out the payment to you.You will be receiving a
payment of £3,000 from my client in which you will
have to let it clear, after clearance you will deduct
the cost of your (Microphones) £115 and have the rest
of the fund send to my shipper.
This shipping agent will be the one that will be
handling the shippment of the (Microphones) and other
consignment in which they will be helping me in
shipping out of the UK.The rest of the fund is meant
for the shipping Fees and Tax Levy that will be impose
on every consignment.I will be needing your assistance
in helping me to send the fund to them so that pickup
can commence immedaitely.Await your Details such as(
Name on Cheque,Contact Address and Phone Number) so
that the payment can be send out to you asap.
In order to speed up this transaction i have consider
to compensate you with £30,do inform other buyer that
the item is sold already.

Best regards..

07024079053


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #403035 - 09/01/07 11:22 AM
I think as a rule, ignore anyone that puts "I will" instead of "I would"

Edited by Stoney (09/01/07 11:23 AM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #413805 - 30/01/07 12:19 PM
Hi - I just had a glance through this thread out of curiosity and just noticed something I'm not sure anyone has pointed out:

070 numbers are NOT mobile phone numbers! They are premium rate numbers, which can charge up to £1.50 a minute!

I guess any mention of such a number should be an immediate flag as to it being a scam.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #414592 - 31/01/07 04:10 PM
Hi, everyone!

I've been following this thread with interest. As someone who regularly buys music gear from both the SOS site and from Ebay, I have been the target of countless scammers. And being a solicitor by day I have found it extremely interesting how these fraudsters attempt to operate. The scam that seems to be rife on the SOS site simply exploits a loophole in the banking system, whereby a cheque will be seen to clear your account but not actually clear (it's all down to the entering of credits and debits in your account vs the time lag in monies actually being paid into or taken from your account). Why on earth the banking system does not get its act together to close this loophole down, I'll never know, especially with the highened concerns with money laundering and the use of the banking system for the purposes of sponsoring terrorism.

Anyway, this is the loophole that the fraudster is aiming to take advantage of, and why he will pay you a larger sum than you require. The idea is, that you pay the fraudster the balance before your bank discovers that the cheque presented to it (by you) is made of rubber. It used to be called the Nigerian scam, and many of the fraudsters using this particular scam do appear to originate from Africa. Yahoo accounts and Western Union cheques seem to offer the greatest anonimity to fraudsters, so be extremely wary of dealing with anyone who uses either of these. I personally would not buy from or sell to anyone who insists on using Western Union.

There are a lot of nasty little scams out there, especially on Ebay. I've made it my mission to collect them and explain them to the public. Please do visit Ebay and have a look at my Safe Buying: Scams And Scammers article in the Review & Guides section.

This thread is great, and we should all strive to keep it runnng, as I know that many people will continue to stumble across it and be thankful that they did!

Keep vigilant, people. Oh, yeah - and try to keep making music!

Les Lawrenson


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: leslawrenson]
      #428227 - 01/03/07 01:31 PM
Not quite a hardcore scammer like most of these in this sticky, but definately worth a mention. Check THIS Link

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #429038 - 02/03/07 11:47 PM
I'm 99% sure this is a scam, Chinese fakes anyone?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: JosephR]
      #429097 - 03/03/07 08:24 AM
Quote JosephR:

I'm 99% sure this is a scam, Chinese fakes anyone?




Here's an easy rule of thumb : if it comes out of China / Hong Kong on eBay, there is a 99.999999999% chance it's a fake. The fakes are often very convincing but they are still almost certainly fake. Whether it's a handbag or a microphone. China has ruined eBay UK IMHO. You have to wade through pages of obvious crap to find the genuine (albeit still potentially scamming ) UK sellers.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #436990 - 21/03/07 11:31 PM
Hey guys,

I just found an offer on the SOS reader ads which is quite a bargain so i was a little suspicious..The seller did not know if the item was still under warranty & said that the only way to buy it was to pay cash & pick it up yourself..

Since i'm not in the UK i have to ask my sister to pick it up for me & i'm worried about getting scammed..Does this sound suspicious to you? You think the item is stolen or something? Also in the ad there was no email address just a telephone number to call..


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Getafix]
      #437080 - 22/03/07 09:19 AM
Quote Getafix:

Hey guys,

I just found an offer on the SOS reader ads which is quite a bargain so i was a little suspicious..The seller did not know if the item was still under warranty & said that the only way to buy it was to pay cash & pick it up yourself..

Since i'm not in the UK i have to ask my sister to pick it up for me & i'm worried about getting scammed..Does this sound suspicious to you? You think the item is stolen or something? Also in the ad there was no email address just a telephone number to call..




I doubt this is a scam, cash on collection is usually the safest way to purchase goods. Whether they deliver or you have to pick up, you'll never really know if an item is stolen or genuine. It's rare they're stolen. Is the telephone number mobile or landline they advertise? If it's landline, this is better as you can do a trace / check on that number. Get the home address too. If it all matches up, worth grabbing that bargain, but for extra safety, get someone to go with your sister.

What is the item and how are they advertising it?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #437243 - 22/03/07 12:58 PM
^^
Well its a Virus TI desktop and its £250 cheaper than the normal prices advertised..The number posted was a cellphone but my sister is going with another friend to pick it up at his house so i'll know where he lives..

Only problem is neither my friend or sister know anything about music instruments so i guess i have to trust him & check it myself when they mail it to me here in switzerland..

I guess it shouldn't be my concern where he got it right, as long as it works!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Getafix]
      #437315 - 22/03/07 01:37 PM
Quote Getafix:

^^
Well its a Virus TI desktop and its £250 cheaper than the normal prices advertised..The number posted was a cellphone but my sister is going with another friend to pick it up at his house so i'll know where he lives..

Only problem is neither my friend or sister know anything about music instruments so i guess i have to trust him & check it myself when they mail it to me here in switzerland..

I guess it shouldn't be my concern where he got it right, as long as it works!




I'd send someone who could test it and / or knew what they're looking for. FYI - If it IS stolen gear and you buy it, you could be be done for handling stolen goods.

Call the seller and ask why it's cheaper than everyone else.

When I bought a Virus b Keyboard (MUCH cheaper than other adverts) via bank transfer, it never arrived and I never saw my money again. Bank transfer is the easiest way to get conned without trace. It's very easy to open a bank account with forged or old address details.

Maybe you should go with your insticts.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #439732 - 27/03/07 09:53 PM
I only ever sell my stuff on SOS as cash on collection. That way the buyer gets to see it working and there is no chance of me getting into the age old argument of it arriving broken when you know it was working when you posted it.

It works both ways though as I am letting strangers into MY house. I always keep things like dongles, wallets and small items tucked away as they can easily not be there when the buyer has left. There is just as much risk for the seller on cash on collection and my wife is never happy about me doing it.
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: vinnyburns]
      #441876 - 01/04/07 05:28 PM
Don't want to start something here, but a friend has just - apparently - been scammed on eBay over a microphone sale from a hijacked Dolphin Music site.

Ebay are aware, but is anyone else aware of this issue?

Yes - I know what the date is, but thought it was something I should bring to attention, in case true.


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Dolphin Music Hijacked on eBay for Dodgy Mic sale new [Re: baron_de]
      #442430 - 03/04/07 09:44 AM

OK - this does appear to be true, Dolphin Music on eBay got hijacked, this is my friend's forwarded email...

Dear [removed]
>
> We're writing to let you know that eBay has ended the following item
> you were bidding on because the item appears to have been listed
> without the account holder's permission:
>
> Item Number - 330103612481
> Item Title - Shure BETA 58A Professional Vocal Microphone in BOX
>
> We are now working to restore the account to its original owner as
> soon as possible. For privacy reasons, we can't share any further
> details regarding this member's account.
>
> As eBay removed the item, you are not obliged to send payment for it.
> Please don't send money or respond to any further emails regarding
> this listing.
>
> If someone asks you to continue with the purchase outside of the eBay
> platform, we strongly recommend you ignore the request. Purchases made
> outside of eBay aren't covered by eBay services such as feedback and
> the eBay Standard Purchase Protection Programme.
>
> If you have already paid for the item, we suggest you take steps to
> stop your payment if possible. If you sent a cheque or your
> credit/debit card information, contact your bank. Please note that if
> you paid for this item using cash, Moneygram or Western Union
> transfer, your purchase won't be covered by the eBay Standard Purchase
> Programme. In this case, we recommend that you contact your local
> police as soon as possible. Retain any emails you exchanged with the
> seller as the police may need them in order to investigate further.
> eBay will gladly help the police with their investigations if needed.
>
> If you've sent payment but haven't received the item, please let us
> know by clicking "Contact Us" on any eBay Help page and selecting the
> following contact options:
> Buying and Finding > Problems with a seller or purchase > You paid
> for an item but never received it
>
> For additional information about buying and selling safely on eBay,
> please visit our Safety Centre by copying the following link into a
> new browser window:
>
> http://pages.ebay.co.uk/safetycentre


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Re: Dolphin Music Hijacked on eBay for Dodgy Mic sale new [Re: baron_de]
      #442439 - 03/04/07 09:57 AM
Great I wonder if the stereo mic bar I ordered is actually coming then! It's been unusualy long in arriving.



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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Mr Sister]
      #442573 - 03/04/07 02:47 PM
I had a poly siz for sale a couple of months ago on ebay and got about 5 of those emails a day...really annoying so obviously rubbish.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #444208 - 06/04/07 09:11 PM
Quote Forum Admin:


I did think of banning the use of Yahoo email registrations at one time, but that's unfair on genuine Yahoo users - but they do seem to nearly always use Yahoo email addresses, so if you are suspicious of any email approaches fro readers ads gear you are selling, if it's a Yahoo account and poorly written English, then reason to be doubly on the alert perhaps?

Ian G




Speaking as a perfectly legit yahoo user,I would have been upset.Thing is over the last 2 months I've had so many scam e-mails I can see where you would be coming from.My mother gets far worse ones at work,ones pushing child pornography and the like,now that s**t is totally wrong.For every good the internet does (this forum for example)its also created too many opportunities for the sickos and scamsters out there.

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Engrsunny_mail READERS ADS scam new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #452335 - 26/04/07 10:41 AM
Heads-up warning to watch out and ignore/delete emails that you receive from engrsunny_mail@yahoo.co.uk in response to Readers Ads posts, if they read anything like this new variation. We believe this is a SCAM.


Good to hear from you and thanks for the understanding you have rendered on this purchase. it may interest you that i am buying this from you as a gift a foundational children's church for the main time then better once can be purchased brand new...I'm okay with your asking price of £625 and I'm ready to give you Extra £25 to secure the item for me so it will not be sold to another buyer and for you to know how committed i am in buying from you.
So the total money you will be getting from the purchase will be £650 and I agreed to pay your full.

I'd like you to know that I'd be paying you with a Banker's Draft or a UK Bank certified Cheque...
So you should be expecting a payment of £650 in which i will instruct my secretary to issue out the payment with the details you'll be forwarding to me for payment.
As soon as you received it, I want you to proceed to your bank and get it cashed, once the payment is been confirmed by you then i can proceed with the shipment to my location.

I want a perfect arrangement from you as i am a very busy person and engaged in a lot of things to come for the viewing. I hope this is okay by you.
I'd like you to get back to me with your contact information so the payment could be send to you.

Name in full:
Address:
Postcode:
Phone#
Cell#
Home#

Also if any buyer contacts you on this particular item, please tell them it's already been sold because I'm ready to make payment as soon as i get those details from you.

You can reach me on this numbers 02084781433 or +447024022091, but it is better you send me emails because i might be busy to pick my calls......
I wait to read from you as soon as possible...

Engr S. Mail


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How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #494160 - 31/07/07 12:09 PM
Hi guys, i'm a longtime reader of SOS and lurker and after coming across this thread i've decided to register. I hope this post belongs here, if it doesn't, please move it.

My problem is that i'm romanian and living in Romania, which has made it all but imposible to buy any second-hand gear from the UK or use eBay. I do regularly buy records and accessories from sites like chemical records or thomann, but that's about it. I do have a mastercard and paypal account, and i've supplied all online shops with proof of identity when requested.
However, i've recently tried to buy a nord lead 2x from SOS users and i soon as i mentioned that i'm from Romania (but perfectly willing to transfer money to an uk friend to buy and pick up), they all hung up on me (one actually cursed at me).
I've had the same problem with ebay, trying to buy an akai mpc 1000, where users that shipped worldwide told me they would not accept dealing with anyone from Romania (that is, when i could actually find sellers willing to ship abroad).

So i guess my question is - can anyone tell me how i could actually buy some second-hand gear from the UK and not be automatically treated as a scammer? I'm willing to send photos of my id, of myself, my card or whatever else is necessary. All i want is the assumption that i'm a legitimate buyer and not out to con people.

P.S. As far as selling my gear abroad goes, i'm not even dreaming about that, with the stigma of being east-european...

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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: Cypher]
      #494169 - 31/07/07 12:19 PM
scamming has become almost endemic, and eastern european countries have sadly been indicated as the source of much of it.... but no more so I think, in reality than african (especially Nigeria) , south american and russian/chinese

try www.gearonline.co.uk

it's not the cheapest, but they are decent people and may be willing to let you "prove" yourself.... once you have an established relationship you should be sorted for any future purchases...

ultimately, it affects us all.... I've come close to falling foul of it myself.,,... and My son got stung in an ebay/paypal scam to the tune of a couple of grand..... and I'm far from naive about this (he on the other hand was a stupid teenager and is driving me mental )


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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: Cypher]
      #494174 - 31/07/07 12:33 PM
I feel for ya Cypher.....

A very good friend of mine is Russian and tries to run a legitimate, professional studio there based around Logic and a stack of hardware synths and samplers, etc., but he has a real dilemna - he can't buy stuff in Russia and neither can he get anyone to buy from outside Russia, not so much because the retailer doesn't trust HIM as such but there's a good chance that anything they ship to him will go missing in transit. Some courier companies such as UPS and FedEx won't even deliver to certain areas there (or charge an outrageous surcharge). He even has problems getting updates to software, etc., because as soon as 'the system' sees he's in Russia, it gets blocked.

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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #494184 - 31/07/07 12:54 PM
@ Max - thanks for the suggestion, i knew those guys, but their gear is a little too old for my tastes - i'm usually looking for stuff that's 4-5 years old at the most, like an akai mpc 1000, an echo layla 24 etc. Rogue Music are also a nice source with decent prices, but unfortunately they're in the US and the shipping would kill me.

@ hollowsun - i feel for the guy too, it's even harder to buy or sell stuff from Russia - at least Romania's in the EU. But i do have a romanian friend who tried to buy a vintage russian Polivoks synth from Ukraine and got scammed. As far as buying new equipment from Romania, that's a nightmare - for example a brand new TI Polar from the romanian distributor retails at well above 2500 euro - there's one on the UK ebay at 1150 pounds right now. You could tell your friend that if he has the money he should wait until he needs 3-4 pieces of kit and fly to germany, buy them used and fly back - with the low cost airlines it could be a pretty good deal.

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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: Cypher]
      #494193 - 31/07/07 01:09 PM
BTW Cypher - you're English is astonishingly good! Much like my Russian mate's as it happens!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #504105 - 18/08/07 09:39 AM
Not everyone with somewhat dodgy English is a scammer. I advertised a Korg piano and got a response by email from a guy. The text and the way it was written didn't seem right. I followed it up anyway, the guy came to my house, saw the piano and bought it cash. He was Spanish, and had only started working here in Scotland. Lovely bloke, a gearhead like me, and loves making music. So I do feel for the poster from Romania!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #507158 - 23/08/07 07:22 AM
Thanks for the support, guys. Just imagine that there's plenty of studios in Romania, as there's plenty of work not just in music production, but also in media etc. All of those people need gear, and many are on a budget (we've still got lower wages here than in the west). Since English is the most well-known foreign language here, browsing UK sites for second-hand equipment is the quickest solution for many of us, since now we'd have to pay less because of the EU customs union. And i suspect it's the same in most of Eastern Europe (especially the EU part of it).

On the other hand, be wary of scammers, since that was also endemic here a few years ago. But do give people like us a chance to prove ourselves as valid purchasers, because there's more of us than scammers. Now that i've wrapped that up, cheers!

P.S. Now that i've got that off my chest, anyone know where i can get a second-hand Akai MPC 1000 or an Echo Layla 3G (or Audiofire 8)?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #510717 - 30/08/07 08:12 AM
Hello all - I'm selling a few things on the site at the moment and wondered what the situation is regarding Paypal payments. I've heard of the payments being reversed after goods have been sent, leaving sellers high and dry - could someone enlighten me about how this works, and what I should do to cover myself?

Cheers

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Ronnie Wibbley]
      #510827 - 30/08/07 11:02 AM
Quote Ronnie Wibbley:

Hello all - I'm selling a few things on the site at the moment and wondered what the situation is regarding Paypal payments. I've heard of the payments being reversed after goods have been sent, leaving sellers high and dry - could someone enlighten me about how this works, and what I should do to cover myself?

Cheers

Ron




Hi Ron,

I have heard of this but don't know of one case where it's actually happened. I have been using PayPal for many, many years and not yet (touch wood) had any problems.

One suggestion for added security would be to tell the buyer to allow you 5-7 days for the money to reach your bank account from PayPal. As far as I know, nothing can be reversed if there are no funds in your PayPal account.

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Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #521997 - 21/09/07 12:32 PM
This email has been passed on to us a few times today by users of SOS Readers Ads who have gear on sale. We recommend a wide berth!!!!

Hello seller,

I am an engineer based in Ireland . I deal with used merchandises, I saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really interested. I want to know the present working condition for it. Please do go ahead and tell me the present condition and the {least price} that it will be sold for. Also I’ll appreciate if you could send me pictures for it.

Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the shipment to my location as my shippers are ready to come for the pick-up once payment as been confirmed by you.

Get back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_sunnymail@yahoo.co.uk

Regards

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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #522025 - 21/09/07 01:01 PM
Quote Forum Admin:

This email has been passed on to us a few times today by users of SOS Readers Ads who have gear on sale. We recommend a wide berth!!!!




+3 here as well. Thanks for keeping everyone informed.


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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Ronnie Wibbley]
      #522238 - 21/09/07 06:52 PM
Quote Ronnie Wibbley:

Quote Forum Admin:

This email has been passed on to us a few times today by users of SOS Readers Ads who have gear on sale. We recommend a wide berth!!!!




+3 here as well. Thanks for keeping everyone informed.




i offered to deliver my synth to his church in ireland and pick up the cash when i got there.

he's gone all quiet now.


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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: hogberto]
      #522252 - 21/09/07 07:36 PM
Quote hogberto:

i offered to deliver my synth to his church in ireland and pick up the cash when i got there.

he's gone all quiet now.




Don't suppose you got an address did you?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #522294 - 21/09/07 08:42 PM
I had that bloke try to scam me about a year ago when I was selling a guitar and my Tannoy Reveals. Exact same email.


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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Kwackman]
      #522559 - 22/09/07 02:20 PM
Quote Lime ZRX:

Quote hogberto:

i offered to deliver my synth to his church in ireland and pick up the cash when i got there.

he's gone all quiet now.




Don't suppose you got an address did you?




no, but i got a couple of phone numbers (for what it's worth).

presumably this guy is in that well-known irish town called lagos.


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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #522561 - 22/09/07 02:28 PM
I was feeling a bit left out ... lo & behold


Fri 21 Sep 2007

From: engr_sunnymail@yahoo.co.uk

Hello seller,
I am an engineer based in Ireland . I deal with used merchandise, I
saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really
interested. I want to know the present working condition for it. Please
do go ahead and tell me the present condition and the {least price}
that it will be sold for. Also I’ll appreciate if you could send me
pictures for it.

Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase, you
don't need to worry about the shipment to my location as my shippers are
ready to come for the pick-up once payment as been confirmed by you.
Get back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_sunnymail@yahoo.co.uk

Regards

Engr Sunny Mail



Thank heavens for that. I can rest now


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #522596 - 22/09/07 03:47 PM
Welcome to the Sunny Mail fan club.

In case anyone wants to try calling him up, he said:

"You can reach me on this numbers 02084781433 When am in London or +447031836598 ,but it is better you send me emails because i might be busy to pick my calls......"

In case anyone wants to send him an e-card, he used two e-mail addresses:
engr.sunnymail@gmail.com
engr_sunnymail@yahoo.co.uk

If only I had the time to toy with this scammer.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: hogberto]
      #522605 - 22/09/07 04:14 PM
hahaha well it seems Mr Sunny Mail has been a busy boy!

I recently listed a Keyboard for sale and yesterday received this email

"Hello seller,



I am an engineer based in Ireland . I deal with used merchandises, I saw your advert on the internet, and i must tell you that i am really interested. I want to know the present working condition for it. Please do go ahead and tell me the present condition and the {least price} that it will be sold for. Also I ll appreciate if you could send me pictures for it.



Get back to me quickly to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the shipment to my location as my shippers are ready to come for the pick-up once payment as been confirmed by you.



Get back to me Via My Private Email Address: engr_sunnymail@yahoo.co.uk



Regards



Engr Sunny Mail"




I thought it sounded quite suspect So i googled the email address, it brought up this page of interest http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/MegaBBS/thread-view.asp?threadid=9325& start=1

see the bottom post... Location, NIGERIA


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #524273 - 26/09/07 12:25 PM
This one is on ebay right now

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330167885870&ssP ageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=014

maybe genuine, but seller has 0 feedback and its too cheap for a Korg Oasys...

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: gzaq]
      #524676 - 27/09/07 09:00 AM
Quote gzaq:

This one is on ebay right now

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330167885870&ssP ageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=014

maybe genuine, but seller has 0 feedback and its too cheap for a Korg Oasys...

dunno




I think its very plausible for the seller to be new. many people only sign up when they want to sell something like that
and the cheap price just reflects the bidders not the seller

So he\she seems genuine to me
BUT there is one thing for sure.. regardless of whether the seller has 0 or 1000 feedback points i would only pay that kind of money in person when collecting the item


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #538764 - 26/10/07 04:11 PM
I thought this topic was meant to be a sticky..?

Anyway, I can't help feeling this Jonathan Griffiths now listing on ebay UK is dodgy - look at registration date and transactions completed.

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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #541894 - 04/11/07 11:05 PM
Quote Ronnie Wibbley:

Hello all - I'm selling a few things on the site at the moment and wondered what the situation is regarding Paypal payments. I've heard of the payments being reversed after goods have been sent, leaving sellers high and dry - could someone enlighten me about how this works, and what I should do to cover myself?

Cheers

Ron




This happened to me. A client of mine wanted to pay for some goods via paypal and did so. £1,000 worth. 3 months later, Paypal send me an email to say they have reversed the transaction, taking £1,000 straight out of my bank account (I have a full Paypal account). The buyer had reported the transaction as a fraud.

Luckily I tracked the bloke down, and he had forgotten he had used paypal, and didnt recognise the entry on his credit card statement so queried it.

Paypal took 3% fee on both the first transaction and the reversal leaving me £60 out of pocket. No apologies no opportunity to defend the accusation.

Now I dont do anything on Paypal over £300. Its more hassle than its worth.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #547408 - 19/11/07 11:03 PM
160180006225 hes selling the elektron drum machine and synth but has no genuine pics.
He wont do cash on delivery through a reputable company!
Be cautious.
I think i will just pay the extra for a new one as paypal just cant be trusted to give money back if he dont deliver.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #552824 - 03/12/07 04:19 PM
I got this one two days ago:

From: arini4dickson@yahoo.com

Good Morning
how are you today? I saw your advert on the (soundonsound)WEBSITE and am interested in buying do update me on the final asking price and new picture and if is still available for sale,thanks and stay bless.
Regards
Richard Dickson

Mail/Mobile
Arini4dickson@yahoo.com

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Re: Active Scammer in Readers Ads!! new [Re: jtcoops]
      #552894 - 03/12/07 06:57 PM
Quote jtcoops:

A client of mine wanted to pay for some goods via paypal and did so. £1,000 worth. 3 months later, Paypal send me an email to say they have reversed the transaction, taking £1,000 straight out of my bank account (I have a full Paypal account). The buyer had reported the transaction as a fraud.

Luckily I tracked the bloke down, and he had forgotten he had used paypal, and didnt recognise the entry on his credit card statement so queried it.

Paypal took 3% fee on both the first transaction and the reversal leaving me £60 out of pocket. No apologies no opportunity to defend the accusation.

Now I dont do anything on Paypal over £300. Its more hassle than its worth.




I've just spotted this! If this can happen any time it's outrageous... you could never be sure you weren't simply going to have money removed from your account.

On another note, I have heard lots of horror stories about buyers getting scammed by sellers insisting on Western Union payments, but what about if a buyer insists on paying by WU? (Just for the correct amount, no inflated amounts etc.) Is this a possible area for scamming? Someone in Europe has just offered to pay for one of my Ebay sales by WU, saying that their bank will not let him open a Paypal account. I have refused to accept the payment, as it seems suspicious, but can't work out the mechanics of any scam that would operate in this way.

Any ideas?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #552898 - 03/12/07 07:03 PM
Ronnie, it does sound dodgy to me.

I would insist on this person paying the funds directly into your bank account by BACs payment, and then you wait for the monies to clear into your account.

I recently sent the sum of £75,000 to an account in the US, and it cleared after about 5 days. I sent the monies in pounds sterling, which means that the recipient's bank would have charged him to convert to dollars. The reverse would happen for you, if the buyer sent the monies in his native currency, which then had to be converted to pounds sterling.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #553184 - 04/12/07 02:27 PM
This is apparently a new scam involving Visa cards. I have pasted it below:



This one is pretty slick since they provide Y O U with all the information,
except the one piece they want.
Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have
it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA &
MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to
protect yourself.


One of our employees was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was called
on Thursday from "MasterCard".


The scam works like this: Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm
calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is
12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm
calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by
(name of bank) did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99
from a Marketing company based in London?" When you say "No", the caller
continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is
a company we have been watching and the charges range from £297 to £497,
just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your
next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is
that correct?"


You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a fraud
investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 0800 number
listed on the back of your card (0800-VISA) and ask for Security.


You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a
6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"


Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works the caller then says, "I
need to verify you are in possession of your card." He'll ask you to "turn
your card over and look for some numbers." There are 7 numbers; the first
4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that
verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you
sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The
caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the
caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify
that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your
card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say, "No," the caller
then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if you do", and
hangs up.


You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card
number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20
minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security
Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase
of £497.99 was charged to our card.


Long story - short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA
account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the
3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to
them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or MasterCard directly for
verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will
never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information
since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN
Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get
your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by
then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud
report.


What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a
"Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA
scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police
report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of
these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that
this scam is happening .


Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each
other, we protect each other.



Regards
Dave Newton
Card Specialist

Johnson Controls Products UK
72 Buckingham Avenue
Slough
SL1 4PN
Phone 01753 870306
Fax. 0870 889 5664

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Guy Johnson]
      #553191 - 04/12/07 02:42 PM
Slick as it is, the alarm bells should start ringing when you receive the unsolicited call purporting to your bank, phone company, utility company, insurer,...

As soon as someone calls you and tries to get you to verify your identity, ask "have they proven themselves to me yet?" I have had this argument with three different companies who, acting in our mutual interest, have challenged me for credentials after they called me. I think that paves the way for these confidence tricks!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: TAKEN.BALL.GONE.HOME]
      #553202 - 04/12/07 03:17 PM
I'm with Jimi on this one.

Never give confidential information out over the phone unless you have made the call. I regularly conduct banking matters over the phone, where I have called my bank to confirm that transactions have occurred. Naturally, they ask confidential questions so that they can verify my identity.

But on a few occasions I have been called by persons claiming to work for "this or that" company, and they have asked me to disclose confidential information, and I have told them to take a hike.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: leslawrenson]
      #560278 - 23/12/07 03:50 PM
As requested, i shall put what happened to me here:

Probably the worst week in my life. I thought it was gonna be the best but it turns out opposite. Anyway,

been searchin for Virus synth for a long time now and i found a great deal at Trance.nu, where some guy offers Virus C for 400 euro. So, i contact the guy, he gave me his msn so we could deal this.

I asked him about the virus, he said its old for three years, mint condition, been like 30 percent of time in use, 70 percent in rack. Everything nice and really, he did seem like a nice guy. He even said to pop in few jacks and Vengeance soundsets.

Next, he told me if i could pay in advance over Western Union and right away, so he wil pay shipment, and he will send it to me as a gift so i dont have to pay any taxes or other [ ****** ] (because then it would come up 650 euro for croatia) and i said great. I went to a local bank with my mother, did all the stuff, sent him the money, came home i gave him the number which he uses to take the money. He says ok, that he will go and send virus now and that it will ship on monday. I said great.

After that he was not on MSN for two days, it was a bit stinky for me so i googled his email adress. I found him on several other forums with different locations in his profile, russia, norway, france, etc etc...my stomach started to work a bit but i thought i was just imagining things. So finally next day he came on msn, in the morning, i sent him message right away and u guess, he doesnt reply to me for whole day.

So then, i googled his name....and i found things which i never hoped to find. Few blogs and sites saying that this prick is a cheat and that he cheated many people, from all over the world. I just coudnt believe my fukin eyes. here are few posts:

http://www.zooloomusic.com/

''got ripped off for a bunch of hard earned money and am feeling pretty dumb about it... warning to anyone reading this ... There is a right royal Estonian **** called Juri Kerbo who I wish the fleas of a thousand camels to infest his armpits and groin area... bless him! If you're googling that name and you're reading this post... do not deal with this wanker, he is a scammer and a low life... and I firmly believe what goes around comes around... so one day he'll get his and when he does, he'll think of all the people he ripped off, bastard!.... well that felt good to get off my chest.

As you can imagine this has really shaken my faith in hanity and my desire to do anything musical... but these are returning slowly, although I'll never trust someone who appears to be legit again.... note to self, just because they talk the talk ....
''

U have to copy paste this link in explorer:
http://www.the-gas-station.com/messages.cfm?type=normal&thread_id=6325 4&lastdays= 2000&

[ ****** ] hell. Bought a Virus C (or so I thought) on the Harmony Central classifieds, from a guy in Estonia, though not even sure if that's true. Anyway, he has the ad up, along with one for a Jupe 8. I drop an email initally about the Virus C, which he says is still available. I email back saying I'm interested, and is the Jupe also still available. He tells me the Jupe has sold - I take this as a good sign, as if he's a scammer, surely he'd try and sting me for both synths. He sends a pic of the Virus, which seems legit - a quick shufty on Google images doesn't come up with the same image, so it's unlikely he's just whipped it off the net. I also query the voltage, and he says it's on 220v - 240v.

So, I transfer over $500 USD, plus charges, which comes to £300 GBP in the end - a good price for a Virus, which I was planning on selling on in the UK to get a bit of money to live on over this semester.

This was last weekend, so the money has probably just cleared into the guys account. I dropped an email last night - normally he's pretty quick responding but as yet no answer.

I read the HC complaints section to see if I could spot this guy before buying, and did a search on his name on there (vco.osc) and nothing came up. Having just had a browse though now, I find this...

"I sent $700can to a guy who says his name is yuri kerbo from norway. Which im guessing is a fake id hes using to collect wired cash.....hes got 2 postings on your classifieds one for an mc 909 which he claims to have sent me....and now is not returning my emails a virus c is also in that ad. There is a new one he posted the other day for some new synth.... his email he is using is kentorange@hotmail.com search for it in the synth section. He even went through the trouble of sending me a bunk tracking number phone number and adress....I am from canada so, I set up a bunk hotmail from sacremento california under a different name and asked to buy both of the synths he had advertized in the same ad (one of which he already supposedly sold me) and he gave me a price for both of them!!!

I wish I could get him to go to the moneygram (that is the payment system he uses) vthinking that he was gonna get that money and have the cops snag him.... but thats entrapment DAMMIT!...Oh well for some reason hes not answering the emails i sent him asking where my 909 is but he is still postingon your site and trying to sell my alter email ego the 909 he already sold ME!!! I wish there was a way to get this bastard! Oh well ....theres your HEADS UP!"

Suprisingly (or not) the name I transfered the money to was Kerbo Juri...

I wish there was a way to contact the people who post complaints on HC so I could get in touch with the other guy who got ripped off, find out what the situation is.

[ ****** ] pissed off now... was kinda relying on that money for uni. Worked my ass off for it too.

One day, we will meet...





I feel same as these guys, stupid, pathetic, ripped off, i have no faith, nor will for anything, dont wanna produce, i dotn wanna do anything anymore...i am dissapointed! I have all his details but i dont know what to do:

Account holder: Juri Kerbo

My account number is: 3356 6717 0006

My IBAN account number: EE 9333 0033 5667 1700 06

Bank name is: Sampo Bank

My phone is: + 372 58 066 349

Adress of my bank:

Narva mnt. street 11 (street)

15015 (zip)

Tallinn (city)

SWIFT: FORE EE 2X (swift code)

My adress: 12 Laki street, apt. 45

400 Euro is big money for me, i have worked a lot for it and i am just a student. I think i will contact the rest of these guys, we might team up and do something. I am pissed of...

What do u think? Any suggestions? Should i just forget it and move on or stop this, because many other people might get ripped of, and many worked hard for their money...I still cant believe this!

Thx for reading

And also, i saw another member here (the one from my 2nd quote) got tricked at about same time as me. Fizzo guy, he was tricked 2007/2008 at Christmas time, also Virus C, this is his post from this forum:

This is another post from Fizmo guy who got cheated, and woudnt u believe, he was tricked somewhere at the same time as me but last year, around Christmas!





''Well seeing as the mob is baying for a righteous lynching, I had a charming Estonian gentleman by the name of Juri Kerbo relieve me of $500 just before Christmas. He was supposed to send me a Virus C, but I'm assuming he forgot that part. He really is a forgetful chap, as there's a lot of other people who he's forgotten to post this Virus to.

His phone number ( ) is 56 300 239 (Estonian), and he seems to have several emails...

oscknob@yahoo.com
vbajandin@dynanet-eu.ee
draxx@mail.ru
kentorange@hotmail.com
vco.filter@gmail.com

He seems to know about synths, and he even sent me a photo of the Virus which looked genuine.

Now if only he'll come on here saying he forgot to post it, and offering a refund...

I've been onto the local police about it, my bank, and his bank, but I'm sat here with the guy's bank details and phone number, but no one wants to do anything. It's maddening.''


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: CROangel]
      #560318 - 23/12/07 07:20 PM
You can trace all the emails using the headers of the email. See this page.

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/workingwithipaddresses/qt/ipaddressemai l.htm

You can find out where this person really is from that, but thats all. You wont get your money back. Do some research, you might even get an exact location such as a university or an airport.

http://www.private.org.il/IP2geo.html

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: J. Matthews]
      #560731 - 26/12/07 11:26 AM
I have done EVERYTHING thats is in my power, and i mean EVERYTHING! Now... i can wait. Il keep u guys up to date....cheers and Merry X-Mas to SOS and all members!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #563862 - 06/01/08 12:19 AM
Never purchase a db technologies fifty line PA system from Rosana Ahmed or Kylie Martin,
I got the PA from a second chance offer from ebay, it had real pictures of one, not just taken from a website,

they asked for the money to be transfered in to their bank account,

the emails i recieved were very snappy and a bit forceful so i was on my guard, and when i asked for their details they almost became defensive

the seller gave false details of their "business", which was a bit stupid as i checked it and they had never heard of them, they could never speak on the phone,

I hoped i could pick up the item, based in london as i was working their next week, but how unfortunate that the seller is in plymouth with the pa so i couldnt collect it...unless i live near plymouth by which time i think the scammer realised i knew this wasnt real and politely said this isnt working

luckily the scammer was quite dumb and didnt fool me, but watch it, im reporting them to ebay etc...


here is the ebay listing
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=270200299869&ssP ageName=STRK:MEDW:IT&ih=017

their email address is rosanaahmed@hotmail.com

bit of a shame as they are very nice systems:( atleast i lost no money!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #563927 - 06/01/08 11:37 AM
Thanks for the heads-up Paul. Good ol ebay ehh - the item has been listed again!

Strange also, that the seller has a 280 rating albeit at 99.6% (unless they've hijacked a profile).


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #563957 - 06/01/08 01:03 PM
yeah very strange, i have reported it again to ebay.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Paul Soundscape]
      #564040 - 06/01/08 04:59 PM
Ebay are well known for a degree of apathy when it comes to rooting out fraudsters. I was once 'duped' with pirate software despite the listing suggesting it was legit. Ebay wouldn't take any action despite the clear breach of listing rules. It was not until I involved both trading standards and the software importers that the listing (and other similar listings by the same trader) were removed.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #564047 - 06/01/08 05:38 PM
yeah the "security" people im emailing seem so thick, they really don't understand, ohwell, i think i might just email the highest bidder,
its their reputation im trying to save so someone doesnt get scammed! idiots!

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Re: Classic Nigerian Scam mail new [Re: SCAM ALERTS]
      #614185 - 11/05/08 02:28 AM
I've had one of these from USA. It was sent by someone caled Ellen Gideon and tells the tragic story of Mahmoud who apparently suffers the same symptons even though it is medicines rarest disease. I thought it was strange when he assured me he had only three months to live and then contacted me 8 months later.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #617984 - 21/05/08 03:46 PM
Beware this person:

Christopher lamptey

lampte011206@hotmail.com

Just had the above try and scam me through Gumtree buying a computer,it was reasonably convincing and could probaby be applied to anyone using paypal as a payment method:

1) they email you saying they are interested (good english) and request your paypal email and your name.

2) Then you receive notification of an instant payment that is addressed from paypalservice, BUT if you look at where it originates from the sending address is online-trackreference@accountant.com.< /a>

3) the catch is that the payment is pending (checking paypal will confirm this is not the case) and that funds are being held until you send notification to
online-trackreference@accountant.com that the item has been sent with a parcel tracking number; the funds will then be released to your paypal account in order to protect the buyer.. hmmmm

I have copied the email below with item details left out, including the delivery address as they may know nothing about it:




Dear ....,

You have an Instant Payment of £... GBP from Christopher Lamptey (lampte011206@hotmail.com)




Payment Details
Purchased From:
Transaction ID:5NS50308X5606661C

Item NumberItem TitleQuantityPriceSubtotal
24018944



1 £750.00
£750.00


Postage & Packing via Royalmail Next Day Guaranteed Delivery Service:
(includes any seller packing fees) £20.00

Postage Compensation : £0.00

Total: £770.00





Payment Information:


The payment for Guntree Item no.24018944 has been verified and confirmed. But due to security reasons on both sides of the buyer and the seller the status of the payment is pending. Most sellers do not ship out the exact items as they have listed on Gumtree and we are keen on securing the Gumtree community.You will be required to post out the item and email us its shipment reference number. We will then verify the status and contents of the shipment within 5 minutes with the courier service its been shipped through. Once we have completed verification, your account will be credited instantly.
As soon as shipment is made, Kindly get back to us with the shipment tracking number so that we can confirm it and then credit your funds immediately.You can send the shipment tracking number to us at (online-trackreference@accountant.com)
Note: Do not send the shipment reference number to the buyer until we have confirmed the status of the shipment and credited your Paypal Account.







Delivery Information


Address:



Address Status:Confirmed









Thank you for using PayPal!
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Glasgene]
      #618878 - 24/05/08 02:25 PM
AS A FOLLOW UP TO THE ABOVE IT SEEMS THAT IT IS PARTICULARLY GUMTREE THAT THESE SCAMS ARE AIMED AT AS I HAD SOMEONE ELSE TRY EXACTLY THE SAME ...F@%&*%S

IT WILL BEGIN WITH SOMEONE EMAILING YOU ASKING FOR YOUR BEST PRICE, POSTAGE COST AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR PAYPAL.. THEN THEY WILL SEND YOU THE ABOVE MAIL FOR MORE THAN YOUR ASKING PRICE TO TRY AND SNARE YOU.

I HOPE NO ONE FALLS FOR THIS.. IF I GET ANOTHER ONE IM THINKING ILL SEND AN ALTERNATIVE


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #648693 - 20/08/08 04:13 PM
Posted here in error, sorry!

PM sent to Scam Alerts.

DO NOT buy the TB-303 or Virus C from "Norway" listed on Readers Ads!

More to follow...

Edited by HQ. 17 (20/08/08 04:31 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: mpmbln]
      #681100 - 23/11/08 03:29 PM
Just a quick heads-up - not music kit but:-

I tried to buy a black BMW 320 auto, "Y" reg ( a gift for the misses no less).

The item has been re-listed and I am the "inconsiderate buyer wasting everyones time"

Caveat Emptor

This scammer will not give you his address to collect the car.
He will not answer requests for an address.
He will not answer his phone.
A 2nd phone number ( supplyed by EBAY) is someone else - totally unrelated i.e - clearly not an english bloke called Harry, living in Swanley, Kent

The item is 280288201329

I left a negative and reported his behavior to Ebay.
He has not even asked why I left a negative !!!!!!!!!

I know its not synths etc, but I feel better warning everyone and anyone about this dirtbag.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #703048 - 30/01/09 09:40 AM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SHURE-SM57-Dynamic-Instrument-Microphone_W0QQitemZ26 0354114100QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Music_Instruments_Microphones_MJ?hash=item260354114100& ;_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1688%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1309

There are a load of these - Sm57 buy now for cheap as.... looks like an account hijacking...

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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: Cypher]
      #704829 - 05/02/09 10:14 AM
CYPHER - I have edited your forum profile because you were including an image for your avatar that requests a password and login on a Romanian drum and bass site - this may worry some people, so it has been removed by me. Please use avatar images that are NOT behind a protected site.

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Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #704830 - 05/02/09 10:16 AM
Posting this here as Richard James 773 is allegedly using emails that are very similar to the classic scammer email wording, so Sellers BEWARE.

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From: Richard James < richardjames773@googlemail.com >
Date: 4 February 2009 22:33:31 GMT
To: XXXXX name removed XXXXXX
Subject: Re: Enquiry re XXXXX in Sound On Sound Readers' Ads

Hello,
Thanks for the mail and for the advice but i just want you to understand that am okay with your asking price but i want you to understand that my customer made it clear to me that he can only make the payment by bank draft cheque and we will wait for the bank draft cheque to be clear in your bank before making any arrangement for the transport and You have to note that the transporter payment will also be added to the actual amount and this will be handled by my transporter so you dont need to worry about the transporter. if you are okay with this arrangement just send me your full details in your next mail..

Name (has to be issue on the cheque):
Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Country
Phone(Home,Mobile,Office):
Last Price:

I wait to read all this from you so that the cheque can be sent down to your destination...
Cheers..

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #718864 - 20/03/09 02:51 PM
Slick con...

Between winning the bid on an ISA 220 and receiving the seller's sales information, a third party snuck in with their own invoice. It was perfectly worded, item description, sale details etc. and was sent via ebay, on official ebay corporate looking HTML with working ebay links.

I paid it. The genuine seller contacted me the next day with the genuine invoice. Alarm bells rang and within a few mails I realized I'd just been ripped off 830 euros.

The transfer was done using Western Union, which ebay warns against, so I should have been more cautious - but the invoice was so well prepared, it even supplied escrow details (payment to a third party who holds the cash until both parties agree the transaction has been satisfactorily made).

I was utterly duped by the professionalism of the documentation, so I would like to pass the warning on to all - NEVER use Western Union for these transactions and make sure you use the internal ebay messaging system.

Eagle out.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #720199 - 25/03/09 01:11 PM
Seems we have another Scammer trawling the Ads,I received this in reply to an ad I have in the Readers ad,the usual wording and phrasing suggests it one of those type of scams,anyone else received this



From: j.horthon1077@yahoo.co.uk

Hello m8,
Im Joe Horthon by name ,I came across your contact details through web directory concerning the Item you have for sale and im highly interested in purchasing it.I will like to know all the details about the Item before proceeding with the payment.....

1. How long have you owned it?

2. Why are you selling it?

3. Best offer?

4. Where you are located? (For viewing and inspection)

So, your swift response to these required information would be highly entertained before proceeding to the next stage. The method of payment is Cheque. Kindly email back, if it's still forsale. Hope to hear from you asap.
Cheers.
Joe
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ALERT - ALLEGED SCAM - Gary Hume aka Gary Feeney new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #733129 - 08/05/09 06:04 PM
Quote:


08 May 2009 -- HE's BACK!!!! Warning: DO NOT transfer money to anyone using the names GARY HUME or GARY FEENEY (Kelso, Edinburgh, Forfar regions) as readers continue to lose money and never receive goods. Ongoing Police enquiries.






Email SOS Managing Director: md@soundonsound.com with your details/experiences.

READ newspaper story about him: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/02/08/newsstory10909342t0.asp< /p>

This person has the following adverts live on the site, so DO NOT reply to them:

Microphones : Neumann TLM103 Large diaphragm, cardioid condenser microphone derived from the famous U87. Boxed with shockmount, unused in mint condition. 2 available.
£400. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Microphones : Neumann U87ai Pro studio mic, large dual-diaphragm capsule with three directional patterns. Mint condition, boxed and unused with boxed EA87 shockmount. Less than six months old.
£750. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Microphones : Shure SM10A Low-impedance, unidirectional dynamic microphone designed for close-talk head-worn applications. New, boxed and unused.
£70. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Microphones : Beyerdynamic TG-X 60 High performance professional vocal mic. New and unused in carry case.
£80. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Microphones : Rode NT1000 Large-capsule condenser microphone. Mint condition and unused.
£90. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Monitors | Speakers : ESI Pro nEar 08 eXperience Studio Near-field reference monitors, extended low frequency response and high quality Kevlar 8" drivers. Boxed and unused.
£140. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Synth Modules : Korg Triton Rack Excellent sound module, hardly used in mint condition. Still boxed, with manuals, discs and cables.
£380. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Voice Channels | Preamps : Focusrite Voicemaster Pro Voice channel strip with ADC board fitted. Hardly used, mint condition, boxed with cables and manual.
£200. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09

We have received reports that he has taken money and NOT (yet) delivered said goods to the innocent purchasers.

BEWARE and anyone already recently affected by this, feel free to send by email any emails you have had with this person so that we may pass on again to the Police - include statement in any email you send to SOS MD Ian Gilby, that you are willing to have your info passed to the Police to assist in clearing up this matter.

READ newspaper story about him: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/02/08/newsstory10909342t0.asp

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #733294 - 09/05/09 12:35 PM
anyone had emails about buying gear from you, from this email address, legit or not ?

sengaruny@aol.com

english is pretty poor with typing errors

Edited by Kwaidan (09/05/09 12:37 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ollythedolly]
      #748040 - 27/06/09 12:51 PM
TR 808 listed in Readers' Ads as of 26/06/09

As new condition and only wants £600 for it.....so I responded

This is his reply email (reported to SoS)

RE: Enquiry re TR-808 in Sound On Sound Readers' Ads&#8207;
From: Bonaparte Mihamed (drkamkurac@hotmail.com)
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: 27 June 2009 11:25:37
To: thesynthwizard@hotmail.com


Hey,

Give me your address.

Your name and your address.

I'm going to come to you as I don't have home.

Be alone as I hate crowds.

Prepare Cash for me.I want to see notes.No mess.Real ones.

I don't have a phone number bastard stole it.I have fuckers who steal other ppl property.Thats not me.

So if you want it - I can bring it to you if you give me your address and tell me when you'r at home.

Do you have wife or someone else I can see if you are out working ? Are they in your flat 24/7 ?

Just for security of my own , who do you live with ? Any other adults there ?

Peace

> Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 11:25:10 +0000
> To: drkamkurac@hotmail.com
> From: ReadersAds@soundonsound.com
> Subject: Enquiry re TR-808 in Sound On Sound Readers' Ads
>
> From: thesynthwizard@hotmail.com
>
> Still Available?
>
> Can you elaborate on its condition? Got any pictures?
>
> Thanks, im interested
>
> Jago


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: DIGITAL SCREAMS]
      #748102 - 27/06/09 05:43 PM
OH MY GOD!!!

This guy sounds insane! 'Be alone, I hate crowds'!!!

Don't be alone, have at least 10 Police Officers Hiding for when he steals you're money and all your other belongings!

Seriously, this is the craziest I've heard yet. Sounds like he's either out to steal or I hate to say it but... worse if your wife was dealing with him.

Unbelievable!




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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer? new [Re: hollowsun]
      #748146 - 27/06/09 09:25 PM
Yeah that's a common problem in Russia


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: DIGITAL SCREAMS]
      #748186 - 28/06/09 04:09 AM
Quote DIGITAL SCREAMS:


Hey,

Give me your address.

Your name and your address.

I'm going to come to you as I don't have home.

Be alone as I hate crowds.

Prepare Cash for me.I want to see notes.No mess.Real ones.

I don't have a phone number bastard stole it.I have fuckers who steal other ppl property.Thats not me.

So if you want it - I can bring it to you if you give me your address and tell me when you'r at home.

Do you have wife or someone else I can see if you are out working ? Are they in your flat 24/7 ?

Just for security of my own , who do you live with ? Any other adults there ?




Give him this address :

Rooney's Boxing Gym
895/896 Arch, Holyrood St.
London SE1 2EL

Tell him it is your place of work


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Reiknir]
      #748211 - 28/06/09 09:22 AM
Seriously, that's a scary one.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #748219 - 28/06/09 10:55 AM
that will be the same joker who's pretending to sell a matrix 12 for £900 and an M3 73 for £750. among other things.

i can't believe these ads are still up.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: hogberto]
      #748264 - 28/06/09 01:36 PM
What happens if he were to google my name, and somehow find my real address?

This experience has made me think twice about posting/replying to adverts. Whats scares me....is that had he listed the 808 for £1100, dispensed with the alarming email....I would have wound up with a potentially lethal individual in my house.

Thats whats really disturbing me right now.

Edited by DIGITAL SCREAMS (28/06/09 01:37 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: DIGITAL SCREAMS]
      #748266 - 28/06/09 01:54 PM
I remember someone else posting a pretty much exact copy of this message a short while back, it looks like a copy and paster job.

Bizzare type of scam message as it could surely never work!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: directresolution.com]
      #748293 - 28/06/09 03:50 PM
Very easy to set the guy up for a sting but VERY dangerous. Still, I'd be tempted to let him meet a few of my friends! lol

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #751315 - 09/07/09 11:06 AM
Don't know whether I'm being scammed here, but I bought a Korg Nano Pad and Nano Control from an ad in Readers' Ads on 1st July. Seller replied after bank transfer on the day to say it'd be posted 'sometime this afternoon'. Since then I've heard nothing - emailed twice with no reply. At what point should I deduct it's a scam? Maybe Royal Mail are being very slow and the seller's away on holiday?? I know it's only been 8 days, but I'm starting to get nervous... the amount's not large, but if this has happened to others? The ads are still up on the site.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Kwaidan]
      #753493 - 17/07/09 05:45 PM
Quote Kwaidan:

anyone had emails about buying gear from you, from this email address, legit or not ?

sengaruny@aol.com

english is pretty poor with typing errors




So does anybody have the scoop on this individual - either as a seller or a buyer? Please share...


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #765567 - 26/08/09 10:00 PM
BEWARE "PETER CRAVEN" AKA GARY FEENEY!
This guy recently ripped me off for £450 in a Neumann TLM103 scam on SOS readers ads.
He is extremely plausable,knows his stuff and seems completely at ease when you speak to him.
A very smooth con-man.
He uses a legitimate bank account under the name "Gary Feeney."

Police are investigating.The bank fraud team have also been notified.

Go with care people.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Ripped off]
      #765616 - 27/08/09 12:22 AM
Quote Ripped off:

BEWARE "PETER CRAVEN" AKA GARY FEENEY!
This guy recently ripped me off for £450 in a Neumann TLM103 scam on SOS readers ads.
He is extremely plausable,knows his stuff and seems completely at ease when you speak to him.
A very smooth con-man.
He uses a legitimate bank account under the name "Gary Feeney."

Police are investigating.The bank fraud team have also been notified.

Go with care people.




Isn't there a warning on the readers ads section?

Quote:

08 May 2009 -- HE's BACK!!!! Warning: DO NOT transfer money to anyone using the names GARY HUME or GARY FEENEY (Kelso, Edinburgh, Forfar regions) as readers continue to lose money and never receive goods. Ongoing Police enquiries. Email SOS Managing Director: md@soundonsound.com with your details/experiences.

READ newspaper story about him: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/02/08/newsstory10909342t0.asp />



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Re: ALERT - ALLEGED SCAM - Gary Hume aka Gary Feeney new [Re: Forum Admin]
      #767171 - 02/09/09 12:44 PM
Gary Bloo%$y Feeney. He did me for over a grand a couple of years back on a Digi 002. Reported it to the Met Police so nothing happened as usual. If he is ever found let me know as I will not be calling the police.


Quote Forum Admin:

Quote:


<div class="WarningText"><span class="bodytext">08 May 2009 -- </span>HE's BACK!!!! Warning: DO NOT transfer money to anyone using the names GARY HUME or GARY FEENEY (Kelso, Edinburgh, Forfar regions) as readers continue to lose money and never receive goods. Ongoing Police enquiries. </div>





<p>Email SOS Managing Director: md@soundonsound.com with your details/experiences.<br/><br/>READ newspaper story about him: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/02/08/newsstory10909342t0.asp& lt;/p>

This person has the following adverts live on the site, so DO NOT reply to them:

Microphones : Neumann TLM103 Large diaphragm, cardioid condenser microphone derived from the famous U87. Boxed with shockmount, unused in mint condition. 2 available.
£400. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Microphones : Neumann U87ai Pro studio mic, large dual-diaphragm capsule with three directional patterns. Mint condition, boxed and unused with boxed EA87 shockmount. Less than six months old.
£750. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Microphones : Shure SM10A Low-impedance, unidirectional dynamic microphone designed for close-talk head-worn applications. New, boxed and unused.
£70. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Microphones : Beyerdynamic TG-X 60 High performance professional vocal mic. New and unused in carry case.
£80. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Microphones : Rode NT1000 Large-capsule condenser microphone. Mint condition and unused.
£90. Phone 07935 100616 (Kelso) 25/04/09
Monitors | Speakers : ESI Pro nEar 08 eXperience Studio Near-field reference monitors, extended low frequency response and high quality Kevlar 8" drivers. Boxed and unused.
£140. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Synth Modules : Korg Triton Rack Excellent sound module, hardly used in mint condition. Still boxed, with manuals, discs and cables.
£380. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09
Voice Channels | Preamps : Focusrite Voicemaster Pro Voice channel strip with ADC board fitted. Hardly used, mint condition, boxed with cables and manual.
£200. Phone Gary 07935 100616 or Email (Kelso) 05/05/09

We have received reports that he has taken money and NOT (yet) delivered said goods to the innocent purchasers.

BEWARE and anyone already recently affected by this, feel free to send by email any emails you have had with this person so that we may pass on again to the Police - include statement in any email you send to SOS MD Ian Gilby, that you are willing to have your info passed to the Police to assist in clearing up this matter.

READ newspaper story about him: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/02/08/newsstory10909342t0.asp




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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #767322 - 02/09/09 09:34 PM
PM'd Jimbo.
My sentiments on the s hithouse exactly.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #768739 - 08/09/09 09:54 AM
If you put that phone number into google then he's offering Piano lessons in Edinburgh.

Edit: Sorry, just read that newspaper article. Good stuff!

Edited by matthbh (08/09/09 09:55 AM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #781612 - 24/10/09 02:06 PM
Beware this prophecy from Mr Nostrodamus!


From: nostrodamusfamily@yahoo.com

Good Day,

I saw your advertisement on the Internet; I'm really interested in buying it for my daughter for her school Project. I really love this particular model, can you please explain some more than what I have already seen on the advertisement. {How well it works}.

The working condition is really important for me because I am not in a good state of health to come to see it. I'd really appreciate a well descriptive description about its present condition and the {asking price} that it will be sold for. I would also appreciate if you could send more pictures of it.

Please reply back with your asking price for record purpose.


Get back to me as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the delivery to my location because my shipping agent will be ready for coming to receive it once payment has been confirmed by you.


You can contact us on this line +44 70359 16387, but it is better if you could send me e-mails because I might be busy to pick my calls......
Please send your reply to : nostrodamusfamily@yahoo.com


Hope to hear from you as soon as possible


Best regards

Mr. Nostrodamus


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Mr Nostradamus strikes back new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #781637 - 24/10/09 04:06 PM




Good Day,

I saw your advertisement on the Internet; I'm really interested in buying it for my daughter for her school Project. I really love this particular model, can you please explain some more than what I have already seen on the advertisement. {How well it works}.

The working condition is really important for me because I am not in a good state of health to come to see it. I'd really appreciate a well descriptive description about its present condition and the {asking price} that it will be sold for. I would also appreciate if you could send more pictures of it.

Please reply back with your asking price for record purpose.


Get back to me as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the delivery to my location because my shipping agent will be ready for coming to receive it once payment has been confirmed by you.


You can contact us on this line +44 70359 16387, but it is better if you could send me e-mails because I might be busy to pick my calls......
Please send your reply to : nostrodamusfamily@yahoo.com


Hope to hear from you as soon as possible


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: careful buyer]
      #781669 - 24/10/09 07:43 PM
Yes, I've had the Nostradamus prophecy enquiring about two of my three 'sale' ads in the forums. Fortunately, such obvious spam seems to be spoken in Pidgin English. One of these days we'll all get really well written emails and then we'll be in trouble...

As far as Sengaruny@aol.com is concerned, I've bought from him before and all went well.

I use Paypal with fees - always - just in case of non-delivery, but the synth I bought was exactly as described, delivered on time, and in the original box. I spoke a number of times with him on the 'phone. I can't vouch with certainty about anyone I've never met, but I can say that I had no problems and he seemed a decent chap in our brief dealings.

Incidentally, I'll never buy a higher priced item without the original box. I'd not dream of buying, say, a Virus or Andromeda only to find the original owner had 'binned' the original packaging. Most of us still have the boxes for our tellies, let alone a £1500 synth, hanging around the loft. And thieves never go into the loft to grab the original packaging...

If it's a cheap MIDI controller [like I'm selling unboxed at the moment] or a 40-year old vintage, then I'd understand that perhaps the original carboard was lost or disposed of. Anything else, and I'll walk on by.

EDIT; 4 years I've been an SOS forum visitor, and this is my first SOS post! Is that some kind of a record?!

Edited by danbroad (24/10/09 07:45 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: danbroad]
      #781764 - 25/10/09 12:51 PM
Quote danbroad:


EDIT; 4 years I've been an SOS forum visitor, and this is my first SOS post! Is that some kind of a record?!




looking forward to your second post in 2013.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Kwaidan]
      #781856 - 25/10/09 10:14 PM
I had the email from Nostradamus,

I thought you might like to see my response!

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Good day to you too Sir,

Thanks for getting in touch.

This model of the Liquid Mix is in immaculate condition, as are the emulation algorithms - My favourite of which is the US Vintage Tube 1 (Fairchild Model 670 (US), which has no rust or marks even though it is so old. I'd recommend getting some decent leads for this old equipment, and a decent supply of clean, renewable energy (cold fusion would be ideal). There are 40 Compressors and 20 classic EQs, each one of these will require its own metaphysical storage space, and an EU to UK(mk2) 42 watt phase coherency adapter (each sold separately, easy to find in ASDA or at a flea market) . They all work flawlessly, a perfect compliment to a child's music course.

One feature that I found really quite remarkable was that if you give the FireWire cable a little squeeze on one side, it creates a 'Flanger' effect, just as though you were slowing down a tape with your finger! Very authentic and great fun.

This is a considerably large setup, and will probably require a small shed or some sort of bunker to contain all of these emulations. You will also be required to get a license to use the Distressor emulation, as it has nuclear capabilities.

As for the price, in my advert, I was asking for £210, but with the current state of inflation since I posted the ad, I have decided to lower the price to £34,000 per emulation, a total of £2,040,000.

A ship will certainly be required to move all of these algorithms, I can arrange to have then delivered to Southampton docks in a container for collection and shipment to anywhere in the known galaxy, and some elements of the 5th dimension (or time-space) / or Nigeria.

Best wishes in your future prophecies, I await you reply with semi-baited breath.

Kindest regards,



A.





I just sent it, i'll let you know if he responds!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: DIGITAL SCREAMS]
      #794093 - 06/12/09 10:23 PM
Quote DIGITAL SCREAMS:

TR 808 listed in Readers' Ads as of 26/06/09

As new condition and only wants £600 for it.....so I responded

This is his reply email (reported to SoS)

RE: Enquiry re TR-808 in Sound On Sound Readers' Ads&#8207;
From: Bonaparte Mihamed (drkamkurac@hotmail.com)
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: 27 June 2009 11:25:37
To: thesynthwizard@hotmail.com


Hey,

Give me your address.

Your name and your address.

I'm going to come to you as I don't have home.

Be alone as I hate crowds.

Prepare Cash for me.I want to see notes.No mess.Real ones.

I don't have a phone number bastard stole it.I have fuckers who steal other ppl property.Thats not me.

So if you want it - I can bring it to you if you give me your address and tell me when you'r at home.

Do you have wife or someone else I can see if you are out working ? Are they in your flat 24/7 ?

Just for security of my own , who do you live with ? Any other adults there ?

Peace

> Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 11:25:10 +0000
> To: drkamkurac@hotmail.com
> From: ReadersAds@soundonsound.com
> Subject: Enquiry re TR-808 in Sound On Sound Readers' Ads
>
> From: thesynthwizard@hotmail.com
>
> Still Available?
>
> Can you elaborate on its condition? Got any pictures?
>
> Thanks, im interested
>
> Jago





btw. "drkamkurac" actually means "I'm spanking my monkey" in Serbian/Croatian/Slovenian languages ...I'd think twice before sending him anything...


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Re: ALERT - ALLEGED SCAM - Gary Hume aka Gary Feeney new [Re: jimbo1982]
      #802107 - 09/01/10 08:00 PM
I think "Steph Brown" may also be Gary Feeney, and may also have scammed me.

I replied to this advert:

Effects | Signal Processors : Focusrite Liquid Mix 32
channel EQ and Compression. 20 EQs and 40 Compressors are
available straight out of the box, with an expanding
library online. New, boxed and unused. Originally bought in
September.
£220. Email Steph Brown (Glasgow) 10/12/09

...and was given the following details:

steph.medical@googlemail.com

8 Carmichael Place
Glasgow
G42 9UE

07513 077074

Also the following work details:

I'm on tomorrow backshift so you can call anytime after 2pm.
At the moment I'm based on the High Dependency Unit (Victoria Infirmary), the direct line is 0141 201 5062 or you can go through the switchboard on 0141 201 6000.

My details

Halifax/Bank Of Scotland

Acc No 01222899
Sort Code 804635
Acc Name Stephen Andrew Brown

Didn't think anyone who gave that much info, and also an actual bank account would be fraudulent, but was aware I wasn't checking fully. I googled the address, and yes, it was near that hospital - perfectly plausible he could work there.

I transfered the money and didn't hear anything for a couple of days. Then emailed asking for a tracking number and was told it would be sent over "when I get back from work."

That was three days ago.

Now all emails to that address bounce. I googled the phone number and found this:

http://edinburgh.gumtree.com/edinburgh/79/47959979.html

GARY??

Also I looked up the other adverts posted by "Steph"

Microphones : Neumann U87ai I have a mint condition and unused U87ai, in nickel, with an EA87 suspension mount. Mic comes in its original wooden case and original box, and the EA87 is also boxed. Bought in June, with original receipt. Collection and cash only please.
£950. Email Steph Brown (Glasgow) 14/12/09

There's that Neumann again. Also...

Voice Channels | Preamps : Focusrite ISA 428 multichannel front end with four classic, Rupert Neve-designed, transformer-based pre amps with switchable impedance and direct instrument inputs. Boxed and unused, with original receipt from Dolphin Music, purchased back in August. Local collection only please.
£850. Email Steph Brown (Glasgow) 12/12/09

I think these "collection only" items might just be flak. Anyone dealt with this person? I think there is about a 1% chance I could be wrong about this but I'm fairly certain this is Feeney or a Feeney-a-like.

I have contacted my local police as well as emailing the address suggested for Ian Gilby. Anything else I can do - someone mentioned contacting the bank...

I'd like to hear if any of you have any more info.


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Beware of this scammer: victor.frank85@yahoo.com new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #804234 - 16/01/10 03:59 PM
victor.frank85@yahoo.com

"thanks for the kind mail
am interested in buying your item for my friend's child who is currently studying in USA as a congratulatory gift, if you can mail to explain the actual condition presently i and i want you to get back to me with the total cost of it and and get back to me with your paypal e-mail ID so that i can transfer your money to your paypal account as soon as possible, Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.Thanks and God bless"
His email is thanks for the kind mail"
This was actually on gumtree, but I wouldn't be surprised if he turns up here as well.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #804866 - 19/01/10 09:43 AM
potential wanted ad scam..

anyone heard or had experience of Andy Evan(s)?
a_evans@sify.com and andy.evan46@gmail.com from Spain?

he's replied to my wanted ad for a dolby 363 sr/a unit with very small images culled from ebay and what looks like google image searches as they are images of different units!

we has reduced the price by 50 euros in the last couple of days for no obvious reason and accepts paypal, western union, bank wire transfer..

it seems decidedly dodgy to me and I've as asked for pictures he's taken himself but I'm not going to send any money!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #809420 - 04/02/10 05:53 PM
Got stung from Spain with Western Union, I wouldn't unless you know the person or unless your feeling generouse...

I ignored the "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is" rule once, it was a good lesson.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #811355 - 12/02/10 06:55 PM
Quote:

anyone heard or had experience of Andy Evan(s)?
a_evans@sify.com and andy.evan46@gmail.com from Spain?




This guy replied to my wanted ad for a digi 192. Just had a look @ the latest scam posts just in case and saw this post. Looks pretty dodgy. Though are you not protected if paying through paypal if nothing turns up?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #811360 - 12/02/10 07:14 PM
To answer my own question, if you get scammed on a paypal transaction, you may get your money back if a claim is decided in your favour but only to the extent that Paypal can recover the money from the seller's paypal account, so basically any scammer worth his salt would presumably empty his paypal account pretty quicksmart and leave you up a certain creek without so much as a canoe.

Edited by The Fold Studios (12/02/10 07:19 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #811368 - 12/02/10 07:46 PM
Final update on this. Seems definitely to be a scam... See this link:

http://www.astrobuysell.com/fraud_alert.htm

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #830715 - 01/05/10 01:12 PM
Might be the same guy, replied to my wanted ad for a Casio CZ-5000, using pictures from one that is on ebay US.Here's the email:

On 19 Apr 2010, at 1:14 pm, Sound On Sound Readers Ads wrote:

From: r.wint67@gmail.com

Hope you are doing fine..I am ROBERT WINTHROP from Madrid,Spain.How you still interested in buying the above item..I have it in a very good condition and i will email details as soon as i hear from you thanks

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Re: ALERT - ALLEGED SCAM - Gary Hume aka Gary Feeney new [Re: nervous_testpilot]
      #831754 - 06/05/10 09:53 PM
sent money to a nick green with the same bank details, have you got any further with your enquiries


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #833463 - 14/05/10 03:30 PM
BE VERY AWARE: I sent money for a Mesa Boogie F30 to a guy calling himself SIMON WALTERS (simon_walters18@yahoo.co.uk) claiming to be from Plymouth, phone number 07949355519 but he has never posted the amp. Obviously a scammer now but seemed very genuine at first. Again, "too good to be true, it probably is!".

I think he is the same guy advertising on Gumtree.com other Mesa Boogie amps (every now and then) for £350, like this one: http://www.gumtree.com/london/26/57971126.html


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #848601 - 24/07/10 10:01 PM
This may or may not be genuine, but I received the first message in reply to two items wanted ads I've just placed in SOS (for an S1000 and TR808). The guy sent 2 photos of an 808 and described it as a 606. This, the price, and his keen-ness to know my address rings alarm bells: if it is genuine, my apologies, and I've probably just passed on the cheapest 808 for some time...

His first message:

On 24 Jul 2010, at 17:54, Sound On Sound Readers Ads wrote:

From: 2e0***@gmail.com

My name is Peter Chamberlain from Germany...I am contacting you regarding your advert you place on website that you are looking for the above subject...I have it in very good condition and if still interested,Let me know and i will forward you details of the item and i will also need your shipping address and telephone number to calculate the shipping cost to your destination.My mode of payment is Via Paypal,Western union,MoneyGram..Bank wire transfer..Let me know which method you prefer and i ship the next day after payment has been receive..My phone number is +4924029***..Feel free to call me anytime for further discussion or email me back thanks and hope to hear from you soon

My reply:

Hi Peter

Yes, still interested: please send details, photos and price

Thanks

Tony

His reply:

Roland TR-606 in very good condition and work perfectly well...Look clean and excellent..Everything work fine and solid..it is complete with original operation manual..I will be asking 600GBP and i will need your home address to calculate the shipping cost to your doorstep thanks and hope to hear from you soon


I've added the asterisks in case this is genuine: anyone else had dealings with this guy?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #849916 - 29/07/10 01:53 PM
I've just had an interesting response from a seller on eBay, selling an Emu Vintage Keys Plus. When I asked them if they had any pics, they replied "don't have pics...sorry". They're selling a SH!T load of music stuff, worth 10,000's. I was a bit caught off guard, I have to admit... so won't be making a bid on that item.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #849939 - 29/07/10 02:39 PM
Quote Peter Conz Connelly:

I've just had an interesting response from a seller on eBay, selling an Emu Vintage Keys Plus. When I asked them if they had any pics, they replied "don't have pics...sorry". They're selling a SH!T load of music stuff, worth 10,000's. I was a bit caught off guard, I have to admit... so won't be making a bid on that item.




Follow up: I replied saying:

"OK, thanks for your reply. If you can be bothered to take some and upload them I might consider bidding. Thanks, P."

Their reply was... wait for it...

"I am not bothered"

My hunch would be they're dodgy so will share their eBay name in case anyone else is looking at any of their items: carmen7221

P

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #850151 - 30/07/10 01:01 PM
Quote Peter Conz Connelly:

Quote Peter Conz Connelly:

I've just had an interesting response from a seller on eBay, selling an Emu Vintage Keys Plus. When I asked them if they had any pics, they replied "don't have pics...sorry". They're selling a SH!T load of music stuff, worth 10,000's. I was a bit caught off guard, I have to admit... so won't be making a bid on that item.




Follow up: I replied saying:

"OK, thanks for your reply. If you can be bothered to take some and upload them I might consider bidding. Thanks, P."

Their reply was... wait for it...

"I am not bothered"

My hunch would be they're dodgy so will share their eBay name in case anyone else is looking at any of their items: carmen7221

P




It seems this seller is far too good for us mere peasants, check their latest reply out:

"for a stingy 150 quid you want pictures...don't you want a HD movie with this rack? It is in very good condition and by the way...after playing it again...I think for this sort of change is not worth selling is it? So, it is not for sale anymore."

two words, arrogant c**t

P

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #850238 - 30/07/10 04:47 PM
If you check out his auctions, in some of them he states he's leaving the UK for good in 5 days....
Not exactly confidence inspiring?

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Kwackman]
      #850243 - 30/07/10 05:18 PM
Quote Kwackman:

If you check out his auctions, in some of them he states he's leaving the UK for good in 5 days....
Not exactly confidence inspiring?




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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ainternational]
      #850431 - 31/07/10 07:01 PM
Quote ainternational:

This may or may not be genuine




Well, I just had this come through regarding an ad for an MS6:

> My name is Peter Chamberlain from Sweden...I am contacting you regarding your advert you place on website that you are looking for the above subject...I have it in very good condition and if still interested,Let me know and i will forward you details of the item and i will also need your shipping address and telephone number to calculate the shipping cost to your destination.My mode of payment is Via Paypal,Western union,MoneyGram..Bank wire transfer..Let me know which method you prefer and i ship the next day after payment has been receive..My phone number is +46704029617..Feel free to call me anytime for further discussion or email me back thanks and hope to hear from you soon >

These tossers must think we were born yesterday. I think it's always worth getting them to send pics with copies of your email or the advert next to the item.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Monotron]
      #850435 - 31/07/10 07:36 PM
Germany, Sweden... Mr Chamberlain gets around a bit.

Was going to post an ad warning people to beware of him, but if he's so dim as to continue using the same name, maybe we'd be better off not letting him know he's been rumbled? What do the SOS people think?


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ainternational]
      #850436 - 31/07/10 07:39 PM
Quote ainternational:

Germany, Sweden... Mr Chamberlain gets around a bit.

Was going to post an ad warning people to beware of him, but if he's so dim as to continue using the same name, maybe we'd be better off not letting him know he's been rumbled? What do the SOS people think?




On second thoughts, he probably only reads the wanted ads so I will post to warn others


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #850438 - 31/07/10 08:09 PM
Thank you for this post. He just replied to my wanted add for a GR33. After reading through the thread, I have not tipped him off and just replied that I had already purchased it.

The text in the post is exactly the same as posted by Monotron.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: gnarl]
      #850480 - 01/08/10 07:35 AM
Thanks for this post about Peter Chamberlain. He has responded to my request for an SM81 mike with the same generic wording as your responses. There again if he is genuinely selling a lot, he may have a template - he included specs and photos on request

My only concern was his gmail address ( I tend to be itchy about gmailers) but when I requested photos he has sent them straight away and they're obviously taken with a mobile. The price is right and he checked post and shipping costs against my address.

I was about to pay via Paypal as the safest means but they didn't recognise his email address - not sure what to do now if he sorts out things with Paypal.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #850482 - 01/08/10 08:22 AM
My advice is walk away. He is a scam. I have put a couple of Wanted Ads on the SOS site. On two occasions I received a reply from this guy. Neither of the things I was looking for were run-of-the-mill stuff. But low and behold, Mr Chamberlain had both of them!!

It is a scam. Do not give your hard earned away. I have been scammed out of £300 once. Never again. And believe me, when you have been scammed you feel sick and bloody angry!!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Guido3]
      #850488 - 01/08/10 10:16 AM
Don't do it.

He offered me a TR-808 for £600 (about 2/3 - 1/2 the going rate), with photos, but he referred to it as a TR-606. He also replied to my ad for an S1000.

If there's just one scintilla of doubt about an online transaction, it's better to leave it be: there's plenty of genuine sellers around and nothing's that rare that you should feel you must proceed (I've been trying to buy an 808 for 6 months now) - be patient. My 2p worth is that he'll get back to you saying there's a temporary problem with his Paypal account and can you pay by bank transfer or Western Union. My understanding is that Paypal's not that safe: you pay, the seller swiftly whips the money out of their account - Paypal can only refund you if the money's still in the seller's account (if someone can clarify this, I'd be grateful)...


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ainternational]
      #850494 - 01/08/10 10:54 AM
Quote ainternational:

My understanding is that Paypal's not that safe: you pay, the seller swiftly whips the money out of their account - Paypal can only refund you if the money's still in the seller's account (if someone can clarify this, I'd be grateful)...




If someone wanted to take the trouble to empty his account and run every time a transaction was disputed, he could get away with ONE scam. Or there's the Chinese method of flooding eBay for a few weeks with suspiciously cheap memory sticks etc., taking as many orders as they can, sending out fake items and then disappearing. eBay's system might be able to get your money back, but really you have to admit you gambled, and you lost.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #850527 - 01/08/10 04:00 PM
Fortunately you can get your money back from Paypal after a fraudulent transaction, as a while ago somebody got hold of my credit card details and used it through Paypal, but I got the money back.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Kwackman]
      #850662 - 02/08/10 09:44 AM
Quote Kwackman:

If you check out his auctions, in some of them he states he's leaving the UK for good in 5 days....
Not exactly confidence inspiring?




Yeah, I didn't see that until after this thread... How blatant it all looks now, seeing that.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Raystrack]
      #850664 - 02/08/10 09:47 AM
Quote raystrack:

My only concern was his gmail address ( I tend to be itchy about gmailers)...




I'm a gmailer, it's pretty much my primary address... 'cos I can pick it up anywhere. I know you can with others but I've had this one since Gmail first started, so it's kinda stuck with me.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #850673 - 02/08/10 10:13 AM
+1 for gmail....don't be gmailist!!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: turbodave]
      #850677 - 02/08/10 10:26 AM
Quote turbodave:

+1 for gmail....don't be gmailist!!




What's so dodgy about having a g-mail account? I would of thought the email of choice for scammers would be something like hotmail

Any way I always wanted to see a kind of star rating system similar to ebay on SOS reader ads, I have been buying and selling on SOS since 2003 and it would be nice if any one who never brought anything of me before would know I have sold and brought a few things and have many happy people who haven't screwed over or received dodgy goods...when ever I buy things I always have in the back of my head...what if? Although most of the time the genuine people you can spot a mile off well most any way


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #850679 - 02/08/10 10:31 AM
That said.......

I started a thread here relating to small Firewire soundcards. I received a PM from someone on this forum saying they has a Motu Ultralite I could have for free!! He was getting rid of loads of gear because he was moving abroad. He didn't want any money for it just asked me to give a bit of money to charity to 'keep the karma flowing'. I didn't even have to pay for postage.

** ALARM BELLS **

Too good to be true = usually is

I gave the guy my work address as I was weary of giving my home address away under the cicumstances.

Low and behold, a few days later I received a fully working Motu Ultralite.

You see, there are some very genuine people about. Unfortunately, there are more scumbags so spotting a good one is getting harder.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #851273 - 04/08/10 07:31 AM
Possible scammer advertising on SOS:

I replied to an ad for a Pioneer EFX 1000 for sale via SOS: got a reasonable reply:

Hiya..Cheers for mailing about my EFX1000 unit. Still have it for sale if you are interested.
I have attached a few pics to this mail. Paypal is also fine
Thanks
Alan

The pics weren't great and alarm bells started ringing when I replied to an ad a day or two later for a very cheap pair of NS10s and found it was from the same seller (just registered on SOS)... He didn't reply this time and now has two further ads for a PCM80 and a TLM103 (both cheap).

Looks suspicious: have informed Ian Gilby.

If I'm wrong, no doubt he'll get back to me and I'll remove this post: in the meantime, beware!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #861523 - 15/09/10 05:17 PM
Have a wanted ad up for an 01v96 at the moment.

Just got approached by a Polish fella trying to sell me one. Shame he used photos I recognised from a recent ebay auction. Beware the Polish contacting you at the moment!

You'll probably get something generic like I did:

"From: marcinmazur@polandmail.com

Hello Friend,

Hope you are doing fine..My name is Mazur from Poland..How you still interested in your posted advert..Let me know thanks"



The eBay auction that finished recently that he got the photos from...



Watch out!


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #864759 - 29/09/10 05:37 PM
Hello everybody!
Sorry for my not too good english. I'm unfortunately victim of scammer. I wanted to buy blu-ray OPPO 83SE and gave adv. in polish hi-fi forum. He sent me response that he had one but his name was Peter Chamberlain.

"My name is Peter Chamberlain from London...I am contacting you regarding your advert you place on website that you are looking for the above subject...I have it in very good condition and if still interested,Let me know and i will forward you details of the item and i will also need your shipping address and telephone number to calculate the shipping cost to your destination.My mode of payment is Via Paypal,Western union,MoneyGram..Bank wire transfer..Let me know which method you prefer and i ship the next day after payment has been receive..My phone number is +447024029617..Feel free to call me anytime for further discussion or email me back thanks and hope to hear from you soon"


I was stupid and I believed him. I payed money by PayPal. It was about 18 July. There was no such an informations in net about him, probably it was beginning. Of course I didn't get item and money back. He all the time was promissing that he was honest.
Now I'm angry more beacause he uses my personal name. My name is Marcin Mazur. I live in Poland. Mr. Chamberlain ( surely it is also not his name) USES MY NAME to find next naive people. He even created new e-mail address using my name. He only left his own phone number +447024029617. I know that I was stupid and naive and I lost my money but it is terrible when You see your own name using by scammer. I don't know what to do now...


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: kierownik]
      #864776 - 29/09/10 06:14 PM
I take it that you have looked into Paypal recovery procedures? Paypal is not like Western Union. I believe there are certain steps that can be taken in such circumstances.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #864796 - 29/09/10 07:23 PM
Unfortunately it is rather too late. It is 45 days in PayPal for these procedures. I didn't find any info in net about Mr. Chamberlain when I was paying my money. He gave his word of honour that he was honest. Then he promissed to give my money back. I found different posts of him about one week ago. When I wrote to him about this he stopped contact with me.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #893724 - 10/02/11 10:31 AM
Have had three replies to wanted ads in SOS as follows:

From: jarapolari@gmail.com

How you still interested,I have it still in good working condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will get back to you with details. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
Alberto Jara
Calle de las Huertas 34,
23512, Madrid, Spain,

The first, which seemed ok was then followed by a message from:

jsantonio96@gmail.com

Thanks for your Email and i have attached a Pics of my items for you to see and still in great Condition and Perfectly OK,still in Great Condition and Reflexion Filter - approx size 390mm x 310mm x 200mm Includes adjustable mic-stand clamp fitting Packed weight approx 4.7 kg And i will be asking 160euro and i will need to know your Complete home address and phone Number to calculate the shipping cost to your doorste,thanks

The pics were generic ones from Google.

Beware this scammer everybody


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: ainternational]
      #898862 - 04/03/11 02:16 PM
Yep - yet another scammer here. I recieved the exact same email from jsantonio96@gmail.com. I (as I usually do with poorly written ingerlish emails) asked for photo's with a piece of paper showing today's date.

Silence...

Quote ainternational:

Have had three replies to wanted ads in SOS as follows:

From: jarapolari@gmail.com

How you still interested,I have it still in good working condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will get back to you with details. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
Alberto Jara
Calle de las Huertas 34,
23512, Madrid, Spain,

The first, which seemed ok was then followed by a message from:

jsantonio96@gmail.com

Thanks for your Email and i have attached a Pics of my items for you to see and still in great Condition and Perfectly OK,still in Great Condition and Reflexion Filter - approx size 390mm x 310mm x 200mm Includes adjustable mic-stand clamp fitting Packed weight approx 4.7 kg And i will be asking 160euro and i will need to know your Complete home address and phone Number to calculate the shipping cost to your doorste,thanks

The pics were generic ones from Google.

Beware this scammer everybody




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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #912897 - 07/05/11 10:24 AM
Beware of Eduardo Callado/Peter Westwood (seems to be using the same wording and alias names)

This one reads SCAM


From: 2e1dhl@gmail.com

Hello.

I am contacting you regarding your wanted advert, How you still
interested in buying this item.. I have it still in good working
condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are
interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the
your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will
get back to you with details. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
PETER WESTWOOD
Passeig Vilanova, 58,
Sitges, Catalunya,
8870,
Spain


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #913702 - 11/05/11 12:57 PM
Seems Mr Calado is still trying to scam,i had this yesterday through an ad I Posted



From: e.calado123@gmail.com

Good day how are you doing still interested,I have it and still in
good working condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted,if
you are interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well
as the your shipping contact address for shipping toyour home. I will
need your email address so that i can forward you pictures and
details+price once i hear from you. Thanks and hope to
hear from you soon. Best regards
best regard
C/ Camilo Castilla nº5 -1º izq. C.P. 31591
Corella ( Navarra ) Spain,
Spain

Eduardo Callado
e.calado123@gmail.com


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #913807 - 11/05/11 10:10 PM
Hi everyone, I newbie and i very happy join in this forum.
I hope can be friends with youa all members, Thanks.
I like this thread many members very cooperate.

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #913810 - 11/05/11 10:19 PM
de plane!! de plane!!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #914035 - 13/05/11 08:11 AM
Beware EBay Trader: stageandsounduk. Real name: Roger Fauske. Location: Stroud, Glos. Also works as a music manager/agent and radio presenter in Stroud.

Getting a reputation for selling things, taking the money and then not dispatching the item and ignoring all communication. I'm currently going through EBay resolution with this person and hoping I'll get my (paypal) money back.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.PETER WESTWOOD new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #916764 - 29/05/11 12:55 PM
HI GEAR LOVERS OUT THERE TO ALL OF YOU WHO SPEND YOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS DREAMING OF THAT FANTASTIC GEAR YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE COMPLETE AND TO TAKE YOUR RECORDINGS TO ANOTHER LEVEL IM GOING TO PASTE A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH THE CON ARTIST PETER WESTWOOD FROM ENGLAND HOPE YOU ENJOY;)

REGARDING EMU SP 1200 REISSUE FOR BUYING:

Hello.
I am contacting you regarding your wanted advert, How you still
interested in buying this item.. I have it still in good working
condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are
interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the
your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will
get back to you with details. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
PETER WESTWOOD
62 BLACKBROOK LANE
BROMLEY ENGLAND BR2 8AY, RH12 4DT
England

hi man nice to hear from you please send me some pictures of it and tell
> some details of it
> and also tell me how mush you want for it and also wich model is it?i get
> back to you sir during the day!cheers

2 attachments (total 44.3 KB)

Download

Download
View slide show (2)
|
Download all as zip
Nice working condition,works fine,very clean condition,all pads works
fine,comes with sound disk and power cable..it work perfectly well and
solid..there is no dent or scratch on it..Let me know how much are
willing to offer including shipping and insurance to your doorstep..I
will need your address and phone number for shiping thanks and hope to
hear from you soon

> Hi mannice to hear from you im going to be totally sincere with you !i got
> two separate offers from the states so i really would like you to give your
> best offer including shippingaloso i wanna know how long time you had it
> what shape its in more in detail what i understand its the screen that
> usually loosees its good finish for seeing and the pads loose their skill
> and feeling!Also wich model is this as there has been several modelsbut also
> is my main quesion what is the power line of youre gear in sweden is 220
> and also how did you find my ad i mean you in england and me in sweden;)
> if a good price is giving its really inresting comparing to from the states!
> greeting
>


Thanks for your email...it is 220V and i got your advert on
(BLANK)..my wife understand a little Swedish..The model 7030..The EMU
look clean and excellent..The screen work well and clear...I will be
asking 1200euros including shipping and insurance to your
doorstep..This is my best offer..if still interested,I will need your
shipping address and phone number for shipping and also payment via
paypal or western union..Let me know which one you prefer thanks and
hope to hear from you soon

>
> hej man listen up!now i tell you this if you put out the price of shipping
> and insurance and give be your price just for the emu sp 1200 and if you
> are willing to meet me up in england i could be willing to fly over come to
> england and meet you up the airport try it pay it and over the day fly back!
> how about that by the way i would like to hook up in facebook or msn that
> would be nice! then we talk more!cheers fike;)
>
>Thanks for your email..OK,flying to England is not a problem..I will
always welcome you anytime..We can talk tomorrow on msn..I have a
yahoo id..I will add you through there and we can have a chat..Hope
that sound good to you..Thanks


>also i have to ask why do you use pictures from ebay from a guys sp 1200 sale in the states?

I am online now..you can come online..i just buzz you

Best regards
Alberto Jara
Calle de las Huertas 34,
23512, Madrid, Spain,

PETER WESTWOOD
Passeig Vilanova, 58,
Sitges, Catalunya,
8870,
Spain

PETER WESTWOOD
62 BLACKBROOK LANE
BROMLEY ENGLAND BR2 8AY, RH12 4DT
England

YOU STUPID MUTHER [ ****** ] IF YOU TOUGHT YOU COULD [ ****** ] WITH ME
YOU DONT THINK I UNDERSTOOD WHO YOU ARE CONTACTING ME FROM NOWHERE AN
TELLING MY WIFE CAN SWEDISH HAHAHAHA
BUT LISTEN THE INTERPOL IS AFTER YOUR ASS AND WHEN THEY THEY FIND YOU THEY WILL RAPE YOU SO HARD PLUS EVERYONE
ELSE STANDING IN THE LINE WHO YOU TRYED TO [ ****** ] WITH THAT YOU NEED A NEW [ ****** ]!
TAKE CARE UNTIL THE DAY WE MEET UP YOU SEE ME IN THE LINE;)






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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #923314 - 29/06/11 11:39 AM
These past few months the only responses I've had to my SOS Ads are via scammers... they're so blatantly obvious too, I just don't get how they think they can trick us into dealing with them!!! Has anyone else seen this trend or is it just me!?!?!

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #924240 - 03/07/11 04:04 PM
Quote Mike Stranks:

Beware EBay Trader: stageandsounduk. Real name: Roger Fauske. Location: Stroud, Glos. Also works as a music manager/agent and radio presenter in Stroud.

Getting a reputation for selling things, taking the money and then not dispatching the item and ignoring all communication. I'm currently going through EBay resolution with this person and hoping I'll get my (paypal) money back.




wow.

I never read this post before. I just had a problem with the very same guy. I bought a 15m snake from him. didn't turn up. 3 emails. no reply. I managed to track him down on Facebook. contacted him there. He said DHL had posted it to the wrong address, and he would send another one he happened to have.

I got it 3 weeks later. Was very close to contacting Ebay to get my money back.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #927274 - 17/07/11 10:27 PM
Some forums have a sub title you can select from a drop down box when you post with a more specific topic.

If you had one of those on the forums i.e.

mics
guitar
mastering
etc. etc.

All posts could reside in 1 forum then the webmaster could add a "show only title : mastering" button for example, is it possible?

cheers

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Potential Scammer Warning new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #931160 - 29/07/11 11:44 AM
This person has been reported to us by several readers, so beware

From: jrramon6 AT gmail.com

Good day how are you doing still interested,I have it and still in good working condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted,if you are interested in buying from me. Let me know i will email you some pics and details thanks

Best regard
Jose

C/ Camilo Castilla nº5 -1º izq. C.P. 31591
Corella ( Navarra ) Spain,
Spain

Contact Me via Email jrramon6 AT gmail.com

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Re: Potential Scammer Warning new [Re: Jennifer Jones]
      #940297 - 12/09/11 03:27 PM
Here we go again

hello,Good day,My Name is FERNANDO GARCIA,if still interested in the above Subject,i will email you email you some details and price,


FERNANDO GARCIA SAS,
P.O.BOX 528 VITORIA, SPAIN 01080

Contact Email.. fg1736@gmail.com


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #942533 - 22/09/11 11:17 AM
... probably a "shutting the stable-door" job here, but anyway...

EBay Trader SHAHHEN ABDULLAH worked a clever scam with hookey audio software, but managed to issue registration codes that were valid for about six months... Box, CD, printing etc all looked absolutely OK. Also got 100% positive feedback!!

Then when the software stops working EBay and PayPal don't want to know as it's outside their 45-day cut-off. That also means, that they won't be after him for the money. Of course, he's "No longer a Registered Trader" and absolutely no trace through Google.

Apparently well-known to Acoustica, who have had numerous contacts (included mine) of the "Why is my software asking for registration codes?" variety.

Ah well... my first 'fingers burnt'/lost money in about 350 EBay transactions. The very few other 'iffy' ones have all been sorted through EBay/PayPal


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #948136 - 20/10/11 09:48 AM
Thanks for the warning guys!

Edited by zenguitar (20/10/11 11:02 AM)


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Kwaidan
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #971371 - 21/02/12 10:54 AM
Heads up for a new scammer frequenting SOSreaders Ads

From: musicworld46@gmail.com

I am contacting you regarding your wanted advert, How you still
interested in buying this item.. I have it still in good working
condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are
interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the
your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will
get back to you with details...Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
AGUSTIN MUÑUMER
VILLA DE PLENCIA 10,4ºC,
LAS ARENAS-VIZCAYA,48930
SPAIN


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Kwaidan]
      #971378 - 21/02/12 11:18 AM
Quote Kwaidan:

Heads up for a new scammer frequenting SOSreaders Ads

From: musicworld46@gmail.com

I am contacting you regarding your wanted advert, How you still
interested in buying this item.. I have it still in good working
condition and in perfect order. Good price is accepted, if you are
interested in buying from me. Let me know your price as well as the
your shipping contact address for shipping to your home. And i will
get back to you with details...Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards
AGUSTIN MUÑUMER
VILLA DE PLENCIA 10,4ºC,
LAS ARENAS-VIZCAYA,48930
SPAIN




I would answer:

Dear Agustin,

What a coincidence! I will be in Las Arenas-Vizcaya this spring so we can meet in person and finalise the deal. Looking forward to meeting you.

Kindest regards

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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #984352 - 26/04/12 07:04 AM
Hi Guys Seems there's another scammer trolling the SOS Ads received this last night,the same email sent word for word for both my ads

Quote:

From: mr.mrsmcmail@gmail.com

Good Day,

I saw your advertisement on the Internet; I'm really interested in buying it as am buying to set up a small scale business. I really love this particular make and feel i can have a good deal for it in my neighbourhood, can you please explain some more about how and who used it. I have already seen on the advertisement, but wouldn't mind knowing more about an advert placed online...

How it was used and kept well is really important for me to know because I am not in a good state of health to come to see it before purchase so, I'd really appreciate a well descriptive description about its present condition and the {least price} that it will be sold for. I would also appreciate if you could send more pictures of it.

Get back to me as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the delivery to my location because my shipping agent will be ready for coming to receive it once payment reaches you.

You can contact us on this line +44 70359 16387, but it is better if you could send me e-mails because I might be busy to pick my calls......


Hope to hear from you as soon as possible

Best regards

Mr. Mrs. McMail




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fatbenelton
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #984353 - 26/04/12 07:05 AM
Got several emails from Mrs McNeil yesterday in response to some ads I listed - same number and everything..........

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Edited by fatbenelton (26/04/12 07:06 AM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: fatbenelton]
      #984503 - 26/04/12 06:32 PM
same here!!!!

From: mr.mrsmcmail@gmail.com

Good Day,

I saw your advertisement on the Internet; I'm really interested in buying it as am buying to set up a small scale business. I really love this particular make and feel i can have a good deal for it in my neighbourhood, can you please explain some more about how and who used it. I have already seen on the advertisement, but wouldn't mind knowing more about an advert placed online...

How it was used and kept well is really important for me to know because I am not in a good state of health to come to see it before purchase so, I'd really appreciate a well descriptive description about its present condition and the {least price} that it will be sold for. I would also appreciate if you could send more pictures of it.

Get back to me as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the purchase, you don't need to worry about the delivery to my location because my shipping agent will be ready for coming to receive it once payment reaches you.

You can contact us on this line +44 70359 16387, but it is better if you could send me e-mails because I might be busy to pick my calls......


Hope to hear from you as soon as possible

Best regards

Mr. Mrs. McMail



Edited by DaleSmith (26/04/12 06:33 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #986894 - 11/05/12 12:35 PM
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320904027220?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksi d=p3984.m1423.l2649

I bidded then asked if collection was a possibility but, without explanation, they cancelled my bid and, after I asked why, they told me strictly no collection and PayPal wasn't working so would need to be a bank transfer (I asked nothing about payment).

Could be genuine, maybe a newbie, but I've been using eBay long enough to suspect this could be a rat.

P

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Edited by Peter Conz Connelly (11/05/12 12:36 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Peter Conz Connelly]
      #997834 - 14/07/12 03:21 PM
Has anyone got any had dealings with foreign buyers who contact you by phone?

I've got a few bits in Readers Ads at the moment and I've just had a phone call from a Scandanavian country, from a guy with, not other words for it, an African accent.
He asked about one specific item. I told him that it was still for sale and he said that he would have someone in the UK contact me. He then mentioned that he'd seen that I had other stuff and he would see what he wanted from that and that I should expect a phonecall soon.

I've read about the e-mail scams, but I've never heard about anyone using the phone.

At the moment, I'm waiting for the call from the UK guy, but my spider-sense is already tingling.

It could be legitimate, but it's strange enough to get me to post on here.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

SB.


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #1073909 - 09/11/13 07:59 PM
The infamous Gary Feeney has been in touch with me in response to some of my readers ads…

He's using the email gary@musictheatre.co.uk and says he's based in Carlisle..

I always do a little checking esp if somebody is asking for the address to come and 'collect'

'Gary' and 'MusicTheatre' leads to this interesting article which outs Gary Adams as the well known fraudster Gary Feeney…..

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/on-the-run-f...

Edited by fatbenelton (09/11/13 08:02 PM)


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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts. new [Re: Studio Support Gnome]
      #1107923 - 14/06/14 12:48 PM
If it sounds to good to be true then it might be a Scam!

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