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Beware of the following scams and people abusing the classifieds  

If you believe you have been scammed by someone, please report the classified or the first PM message (you only need to report ONE). Click on the red flag bottom left of the post or PM. Please do NOT PM a moderator or administrator. Flagging the post/message sends it to ALL moderators and administrators at the same time. We will then contact you if necessary.


You can leave negative feedback on their profile which can be edited or deleted later if necessary. Click on their user name and then "Trader Feedback" and "Leave Feedback" to warn others. If you paid money via PayPal, you can open a dispute that way. If you have their address if necessary you can contact the police in their country. 


While the vast majority of people (and thus trades) on the forums go ahead without issues, unfortunately a handful of people, despite being banned, sometimes re-register multiple times, at times to abuse our forums, either flipping items sold cheaply on eBay (and/or elsewhere) or taking people's money or items and sending nothing in return.  Following is a list of members whose activities regarding for sale/trade we have become uncomfortable with, and so whom we advise caution transacting with. If you believe they have re-registered on Head-Fi, please report them to us immediately.

While we wouldn't normally share detailed contact information online, I'm doing so here as a very last resort after these people, despite numerous warnings have gone far out of their way to evade bans, and to re-register additional profiles.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, do NOT ever send money to people using Western Union or bank transfer (unless you know them in person) . There will be NO way to get it back if the seller turns out to be bad. Be EXTREMELY cautious if a new member asks you to send an item to an address different from what is on the Paypal account, as we have had at least one scammer using stolen Paypal accounts as well as stolen credit cards. 
Also, do NOT send packages to other countries by any method that doesn't have tracking. The customs agents in some countries, if not the mailmen themselves, are known to borrow or steal packages. Again, there will be NO way to get the item back, nor any insurance generally available if it is sent regular mail. Not using registered mail and/or tracking may end up resulting in you throwing your money or merchandise away.
If you don't like the terms of a trade, then BACK OUT before either of you sends money or the goods.


TIP: A member caught our previous scammer, Lvrhs out in a trade by noticing that the images for the item for sale were taken from another site. A good idea is to use Google Image Search to check if an image in a classified is not genuine. 



thepooh, jeronim0


thepooh: Agreeing to trades then never sending the item.

jeronim0: Attempting to sell items asking money be sent to Paypal accounts with different names.


Esperanto Begue or Joshua Adrien (Both likely fake names)

12, Rue des Pinsons

Impasse Rouillard

Tombeau Bay 742CU001



Tel: +23059245621


mattsweppes@gmail.com, Used for PayPal, which showed up as Matthew Schneider (probably fake or stolen)




OICWUTUDIDTHAR, DroppingDimes; trapper1, OGKoosh, kappachino, Yajirobe1, LordOfTheGearzhandthatfeedsHwanSoloChingLongChanMidgetPalpatine, Chan007. 

Lied about the condition of goods. Continues to create new profiles in an attempt to use the classifieds. Becomes rude and abusive when confronted.


Also known as "bobbylou" on various forums, including Head-Fi, where he appears to have a history of being banned for bad trades, eg: Here.


Brandon Venier

Alberta, Calgary

Canada T2Z 2G2



Craig Olson, Aka: gabbadabbadoo, olsonc84 (including Audiogon), craigjolsonSunnyMcGrathspierceaudiophoholicUofLFANnwvalleyrvErinmagdalik


2015-2016: L1C4


Notorious for flipping AKG K1000s. He is so well-known I think our UAE scammer attempted to pretend to be him! He sends numerous messages to buyers to try and persuade them to buy gear for massively inflated prices.


Craig Olson
2xxx xth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
United States




CBRE: ATTN Amber Smith
10*** Willows Rd NE
STE 150
Redmond WA 98052


Paypal ID: iamnikonguy@outlook.com



Various names, using what is likely stolen Paypal accounts, but all requesting shipping to a different address, whereupon he files a claim with PayPal:

280 Weston Rd
Toronto Ontario M6N 3P5


Email addresses used: t_wright00@hotmail.com, mmmwrite11@hotmail.com, wpjt99@hotmail.com, wrightcleaningservice@hotmail.com

Terence Pinnock, Maria Write, Terry Wright, Richard Cai



theon3, Johnth3bliss, bluj, zenithofbliss, blackholesunecl, zeromancer, blissking,  pulseultraLunarEclipseBlackoc3anblueblacknesslupakansaja123EclipsezZ3nithjonthenny, skydarkly, kadablu, swallowthesun and numerous other profiles.


Numerous accounts and suspicious classified activity with at least one member having to file a Paypal complaint after goods were not sent. Requested money be sent as a "gift" as Paypal obviously wouldn't let him access the funds for a regular transaction immediately. Continues to make new profiles!









Repeatedly registering attempting trades and failing to send items. 


Johnny Rodgers

607 I St
San Antonio, Texas 78220

Phone(text): 210-668-7687


Vlooienuker / tsiknus / iso300and8 (November 2013), snarfarlarkus (November 2014), audiophilegamer (2015).

Engaged in straight trades with a number of members, but didn't send the traded item. Created a second account to leave himself positive feedback and continue trading. Started again in 2014 with a new profile and new, very likely false name.


Jan 2016: Sent candles instead of a pair of traded headphones. 


Leon Optimus / Leon Kuhn

71 D Wiri Station Road

Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand


Leon Oliver
129 Middlefield Drive
Auckland, Flat Bush 2016
New Zealand

Kewstone,  lojikman, medicalsupplies, swappie931, tengomalani, goldsilver993, changantoo, tengomalani, orionstone, theodoret1, hamita112, jambalayacfp, kamejame, awatanatum, huhana7748, eylmfao, johnwidked, killowatts, potingjun.


2016: Josephrsm, ringostarr910harud1, ichbon


Sent an empty box as part of a trade. Created numerous profiles, claiming that they are friends and family, with one profile leaving him positive feedback.


2016: First classifieds involved trying to flip an item for a profit.





2, LORONG INTAN BAIDURI 2B, (possibly "Jalan Intan Baiduri 2B")





New address, June 2016:


Kor Weng Chai
33, Jalan bukit tembok
Negeri sembilan


asdfg, weijunz


weijunz, from Singapore, requested payment for the same items from multiple people and was banned. Recently, asdfg, an old account, was reactivated and that person requested payment for the same and other items from multiple people in the same manner, in most cases asking for money to be sent to different Paypal accounts, presumably to avoid being caught. Both accounts were accessing the site from the same IP address. It could also be a group of people attempting to scam others or a criminal group using stolen accounts.



Name: Tan Jun Yan Caleb

Paypal accounts used:

tanjunyuan92@outlook.com, tanjunyan1@outlook.com, weijunz@outlook.com.



Name: Beitriss Chua

Paypal accounts used:







chenxi2012, zongpeng123, zongpeng2012, chenxi2014, qqexqwe; chinahifi2012, submarineeew

Using stolen credit card details to buy expensive items under multiple profiles. 

Paypal emails: qqujfdwfwf@126.com, dbgwhyyddf@126.com,  jfgehhhhfgf@126.com

Phone: +86-18561852783
a.k.a. chenxi2014, zongpeng2012, zongpeng123


Email addresses: 








Address: (Possibly fake)

Zhong ChengFu
Xi HaiAn Yi Yuan, HuangDao, ShanDong Province, 
266555, ShanDong QingDao, China


US Addresses: (Likely forwarding services for Chinese users. See here: http://www.qq-ex.com/user/news/detail/945)

XGPB PengZong
3025 Bowlarama Dr
Suite A-04605
New Castle, DE 19726




261 QUIGLEY BLVD. Suite 1 # 114177     NEW CASTLE
DELAWARE     19726-9017





Inglewood, CA 90303

United States




Gogohuskies, toothlover, huskies


Created a new profile to evade negative feedback, then another profile to continue trading once banned. Continues to create new profiles.



GustavMahler, GradoLove, Kamilion, opencan, TheBigMuse and more profiles.


Flipping items bought from members on Audiogon. Two pages of listing of items he is flipping, including multiple pairs of AKG K7XX! 


He will ask to buy something, then put it up for sale even before the item was sent, often asking that the item be sent to a completely different country to the one he lives (Israel), because he is sending it directly to his buyer. 




Sold the same item to multiple people and send them all empty boxes to the wrong address so it would appear that their neighbours had taken the item.


Name: Darryl Koh





Name: Guo Wei Bin



BLK 514

Woodlands Drive 14




The Nigerian scammer has been returning under numerous profiles.


Beware that they are getting clever and even threatened to report people to the moderators or admins in PMs! They very often ask people to email them instead of using PMs (as they can't post pictures) and send pictures taken from the internet.

February 2015 New profiles:


audio432 - audioan47@gmail.com

audioa23 - audioalex68@gmail.com

corscorpius - audioalex5@gmail.com

dadreq - 19984hrm@gmail.com, jxhair@126.com (stolen Paypal account?), tmravenas@gmail.com

meaudio21 - glockhitt43@gmail.com

jodesff - charlesvivian263@gmail.com


Examples of messages people have received: (Click to show)


 Thanks for your response, I have tried to send you pictures here but got a message saying i have no privilege to send a file..After you have seen the pictures, then we can communicate here just want to show you the pictures on email.. Hope you understand and i have nothing to do with your email..Really felt insulted thanks



Hello [...]


Hope you doing great.. Just want to know if you are still interested in buying the westone w40 / w4r?Please i will need your email address to send you pics and details thanks



Hope you doing fine, Are you still interested?Please let me know, Please also send me your email address so that i can send you pictures and details


Greetings from U.S.A

 Hello and Happy New Year,

I have a lead for you..

Please contact Fred on fredquinton400@gmail.com regarding your request. He is located in the United States and can arrange shipping. I purchased items from him and they arrived in TOP condition. His Cell : (904) 373-1755.

Originally Posted by dan1 View Post

Hello Are you still interested in buying this item? I have it in good condition, email me on daniel.louis1972@gmail.com and I will send you details as soon as i hear from you. Thanks

Best Regards


"Do you still have interest?Let me know and email me at ik8ev50@gmail.com for more details because i am not always on forum or send me your email so that i can give you more details"

Hi Greeting from Spain

i am Contacting you regarding your advert..if still interested in
buying..As soon as i hear from you,i will email you some pics and
details,good price is accepted..thanks and hope to hear from you soon

Best regard


contact me Via Email...[redacted]



ulogin, headu, uloginhd, abchead and numerous other profiles.


Bad trader. Extremely abusive after trades went wrong.


Man Hin Cheung
*** E23 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States



jdg0717, mitzy


Signed up with a second account and left feedback from the first account after a bad trade. 





Darken23, youngGeezeh


Not sending items and insisting on Paypal gift payments.


Ken Lee, Cantrelle ?



Under the former account, had a dispute claiming a member tried to scam him by saying an item never arrived, yet then sold it again to another member insisting on a Paypal gift payment then sent a tracking number generated from the USPS web site ("Electronic shipping info received" = Item not sent). Unfortunately that member didn't think to realise that if another member had tried the "item not received" scam then he wouldn't have had the item to sell again to him!


Under the latter account, requested a Paypal gift payment to avoid fees for a pair of HD-800s (likely sold under the other account) then never sent the tracking number.





Apparently attempting the WTB scam:


Please contact Philip on philipparsonsvtx@gmail.com regarding your request. He is located in the United Kingdom and can arrange shipping. I purchased items from him and they arrived in TOP condition



lee0612, thisissparta, Aka: jeydee, iLjimaE, finalaudio999, maynard14audiomaniac06finalhope11crntrggr11iLjimaEnokialumia1520

Also known as Squall Leonhart or SquallLeonhart14 and is from the Philippines. 


Repeatedly selling the same Final Audio Design and other expensive IEMs over and over again, collecting money but never sending them. Using secondary profiles to PM people wanting to buy expensive IEMs and trying to persuade them to send money.


2015 update: Was trying to sell possibly fake FAD IEMs claiming he was from Hong Kong.


Email addresses: justinejohnanicete16@gmail.com (PayPal), junkilee777@gmail.com, dranyam14@yahoo.com, annecute999@yahoo.com, leila.capili@yahoo.com, leejunki0612@gmail.com



April 2014: IDENTITY THIEF WARNING: nikkicharles198, aishaboulos33, dominguez1155, aishaboulos33, amateur12, audiohw, olsen11, mibull, mibulb, mibulbc, bin12, chol, and other names attempting identity theft:


Email addresses used: olsenaudio18@gmail.com, mibulbin@gmail.com, maxfazer101@hotmail.com, imackler45@gmail.com


Please note that the members Maxfazer and imacker are reputable people that the scammer has been passing himself off as.


We received complaints from a number of members who had received PMs from this and other accounts from this member offering to buy items to them that they had posted for sale, but then asking them for eBay feedback, copies of their passport and other ID. They then attempted to use those things to scam other people!


What one member told us (edited to correct grammar, spelling and remove personal information):

Member "olsen11" contact with me few weeks before to ask me about my 009' for sale.
He asked me for my e-mail, and feedback (I gave him link to my eBay feedback as well).
Then he wanted to pay for the headphones directly to my bank account and asked me about scans of my passport etc. I never gave him that.

After few days I received mail from Sweden from a man who showed me an e-mail from a fake version of my email address from someone who tried to sell him a CD player. He showed me links to my Head-fi and eBay feedback and he had signed the email with my full name and surname.

I am now receiving phishing e-mails asking me to confirm my identity and password eBay and Audiogon.

He was using the name Olsen Stig but I know It is fake. He also sent me scans of a passport and few other important documents from a man named Olsen Stig as proof of his identity (I know he is trying the same thing just as he sent my feedback to others [to try and scam them]).


June 2014: The scammer is back, obviously with someone's passport scan and links they are using to try and scam others:


Email address: flyingpalm64@gmail.com


NOTE: The name given obviously belongs to someone else.


Thanks for your responds,  I am a Photographer. You can view my pictures gallery

here https://www.flickr.com/photos/49928025@N08/ I have never stolen
from anybody. My complete name is David Martins and i can give you a
copy of my passport for quarantine.. I promise to ship as soon as i
receive payment.. OK,You can make half payment and upon delivery and
tested OK. You send me the balance and also i will give you a copy of
my passport, Hope this sound good to you thanks



Candc07 / gigtcj


Trades are ok for a while, then suddenly stops sending items, making excuses. Re-registered as gigtcj recently.

Name: Christopher Jones

Address: ** Sandpiper Drive Bloomfield, CT 06002

Paypal email address: candc07@yahoo.com



Lvrhs, whatcar1990, rikardoliepa, Runnlv, tomasskalnin, cubota890, iemguy66, tomy55538 (New profile January 2014!)

Beware of any user asking you to send items to Latvia!
Numerous bad trades under multiple profiles with members having lost money and items.

Tomass Kalnins amatierisraicha@inbox.lv

Rihards Linde extronfi@gmail.com



Skunu 16


Once used the Ship-to service to avoid detection:


11407 SW Amu St.

Suite # D3084

Tualatin, OR 97062



TakashiMiike / AmbientRevolut


Multiple incomplete trades under two profiles. Agreed to sell or trade items then never sent them and stopped communicating. 


Justin Schiff

4111 N Blythe Ave. Apt #257

Fresno, CA 92722

United States






juniorheadfierstationwagon, ozrocks Sri-Lankan scammer.


ozmanali85@yahoo.com, rosesaidso@gmail.com, onewaystogo@gmail.com.



Basically i had tried to purchase a pair of westone 4r on the 31st dec 2012 from a user ozrocks. I spoke to her on the phone about it and all seemed good so i paid her via paypal. i didnt use gift so had protection but i was swindled out of that too.


i spoke to this woman who was going by aishwarya on the phone a few times (private number unfortunately), she claimed to be based in the usa and said she would be coming to europe (im in london) so could post them while she was in the eu. i was fine with that and agreed. she claimed to have gone to italy and not been able to send them as they dont allow non-italians to use the post. After this i opened a case on paypal about it. in an attempt to get a refund.


After this is where i got scammed. the woman called me again and asked why i did this, i explained and she said that her aunt who is in the uk is a friend to my mother cousin, which i didnt believe, but she told me a lot of stuff to "prove it" knowing my mums name as well as her job and address. and knowing the name and address of her cousin also. this convinced me so i closed the case, believing she was in effect a person i had a connection to. im still not sure how she managed to get so many details about my family but she had enough to really convince me. after that she said she was on holiday in sri lanka and was using a phone whilst there (the number to this is +94 77 363 4443) and that she would send it with her uncle to the uk. as for a time frame this was only in april, so i had already waited 4 months, however i had already gone passed my protection date and also thought she could be trusted. she told me she was back in the USA around april also and would send it with her uncle from there.


i got suspicious about it last week when i stopped getting emails back. I sent her tracked emails and found she was actually in sri lanka and had opened all my emails using an android device and a windows computer. i confronted her and she has stopped replying. after googling her email address i find she has been on forums trying to remove negative ebay feedback and also subscribed to youtube channels trying to learn english (on the phone she spoke perfect english with a twinge of an american accent.). Im now 100% certain i have been scammed (its been 6.5 months after all) and have filed a report with the fraud department of the UK police, however i doubt ill see that money again. i see now the listing for the 4r has been changed to "monster tips". i thought i would tell you now that i know what has happened to make sure it doesnt happen to someone else, and to see if you have any advice for me on if there is anything else i can do.





Sold a pair of Ultrasone Pro 900s to 4 different people. See his feedback for information.

Because the buyers didn't use Paypal gift/personal but a regular transaction, they were able to get their money back.



nkkuma, nkkuma1, gogators, socialscene, faithmore, leixingzhe, microsound, safer and numerous others.

Paypal emails:
mazemabo@gmail.com sometimes using the name Chaghao Bi.
This person has been reselling products on eBay for a profit (flipping) under numerous Head-Fi profiles (the above is only a partial list), and repeatedly re-joined with these numerous profiles despite being banned and told not to register on the forums again. 
Address: (Partially blanked)
Ju Li or Changhao Bi
**** Yosemite Ave 
Apt 5
El Cerrito, Ca. 94530


Miow and a great many aliases.

Attempted to avoid the rules for Members of the Trade and promote his headphone modding business through multiple accounts. Also issues with items not received from one of his trades (see feedback). Update: Re-registered as Divine33 and was asking people to send him money for items using Western Union.

Luis Paulo Dias Ferreira Almeida (and other names as he is/was sharing an apartment)
Rua Dr. Maciel, 153, 6 ESQ.
3700-175 S. Joao da Madeira


i2ehan, Night Crawler, Oof Oink, Yprime17


Was caught flipping items from the classifieds on eBay. He repeatedly registed new accounts pretending to be a newbie presumably to try and avoid detection.


Rehan Saeed
**** Stonecrest Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Scam warnings: 

From the "Protect yourself against Scammers" and another thread:


We've recently had a rash of attempted and successful scams perpetrated by the same person who's been re-registering under different names. Those who have been ripped off by this low-life didn't take the time to investigate the seller, not even getting a verifiable phone number or address. They don't even know what city the guy's from.

It's unfortunate that scum like this exist, but they do, so if you intend to buy something of any great value from a member .... especially a brand new member .... it would be prudent to at the very least get a phone number, speak to them in person, get proven references, and if possible pay by credit card through paypal so you at least have some sort of protection.

While it would add 2 or 3 days to the transaction, a good method to verify a name and address would be to snail mail something to the name/address provided by the seller and ask them to identify something from that snail mail via PM or email once they've received the letter....then, if you're satisfied, proceed with the transaction. It's not 100% foolproof, but it would weed out the majority of these low-lifes. A non-scammer should understand your concerns and be willing to go through this procedure. If not, take a pass. And keep their information on file at least until the transaction is 100% complete.

It's up to you to act prudently and to protect yourself. Don't send off money to someone, especially someone you know nothing about, without having some sort of verified identification from them.

Please report any suspicious For Sale forum activity to the moderating staff immediately.

Thank you.

PS: Be very cautious of any non-For Sale thread posts where someone says something like: "I'm thinking of selling my XXXX . How much do you think I can get for it?" This can often be bait designed to get people to quickly respond via email or PM hoping to be the first to scoop an item before it officially goes up for sale. A scammer can sell the same item many times over to different people this way, without any public posting to tip everyone off.





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