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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

Postby JosephR » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:47 am

I'm 99% sure this is a scam, Chinese fakes anyone?
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Re: Ebay and Readers Ads Scam Alerts.

Postby dmacintyre » Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:24 am

JosephR wrote: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.

Postby Getafix » Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:31 am

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.

Postby Peter Conz Connelly » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:19 am

Getafix wrote: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.

Postby Getafix » Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:58 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.

Postby Peter Conz Connelly » Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:37 pm

Getafix wrote:^^
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.

Postby vinnyburns » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:53 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.

Postby baron_de » Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:28 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

Postby baron_de » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:44 am


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

Dear [removed]
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> 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:
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> Item Number - 330103612481
> Item Title - Shure BETA 58A Professional Vocal Microphone in BOX
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> If someone asks you to continue with the purchase outside of the eBay
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Re: Dolphin Music Hijacked on eBay for Dodgy Mic sale

Postby Persuazion » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:57 am

Great :roll: 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.

Postby Alex Masters » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:47 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.

Postby fxfreak » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:11 pm

Forum Admin wrote:
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. :madas:
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Engrsunny_mail READERS ADS scam

Postby Forum Admin » Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:41 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...

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How can i prove i'm not a scammer?

Postby Cypher » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:09 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... :roll:
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Re: How can i prove i'm not a scammer?

Postby Studio Support Gnome » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:19 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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