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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:22 am
by Guido3
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!!

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:16 am
by ainternational
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)...

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:54 am
by Exalted Wombat
ainternational wrote: 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.

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:00 pm
by Rich Hanson
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.

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:44 am
by Peter Conz Connelly
Kwackman wrote: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.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:47 am
by Peter Conz Connelly
raystrack wrote: 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.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:13 am
by turbodave
+1 for gmail....don't be gmailist!!

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:26 am
by vinyl_junkie
turbodave wrote:+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

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:31 am
by Guido3
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.

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:31 am
by ainternational
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!

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:17 pm
by benniferj
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"

Image

The eBay auction that finished recently that he got the photos from...

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Watch out!

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:37 pm
by kierownik
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...

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:14 pm
by Phil O
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.

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:23 pm
by kierownik
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.

Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:31 am
by 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