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.
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.
GustavMahler, GradoLove, Kamilion, opencan
Flipping items bought from members on Audiogon. Two pages of listing of items he is flipping! 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.
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.
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
Woodlands Drive 14
Vlooienuker / tsiknus / iso300and8 (November 2013), snarfarlarkus (November 2014).
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.
Leon Optimus / Leon Kuhn
71 D Wiri Station Road
Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, Flat Bush 2016
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
audioa23 - email@example.com
corscorpius - firstname.lastname@example.org
dadreq - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (stolen Paypal account?), email@example.com
meaudio21 - firstname.lastname@example.org
jodesff - email@example.com
Examples of messages people have received: (Click to show)
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
I have a lead for you..
Please contact Fred on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
"Do you still have interest?Let me know and email me at email@example.com for more details because i am not always on forum or send me your email so that i can give you more details"
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
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
Signed up with a second account and left feedback from the first account after a bad trade.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, maynard14, audiomaniac06, finalhope11, crntrggr11, iLjimaE, nokialumia1520
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.
Email addresses: email@example.com (PayPal), firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
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: email@example.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
Craig Olson, Aka: gabbadabbadoo, olsonc84 (including Audiogon), craigjolson, SunnyMcGrath, spierce, audiophoholic, UofLFAN, nwvalleyrv, Erinmagdalik
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.
2xxx xth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
CBRE: ATTN Amber Smith
10*** Willows Rd NE
Redmond WA 98052
Paypal ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Lvrhs, whatcar1990, rikardoliepa, Runnlv, tomasskalnin, cubota890, iemguy66, tomy55538 (New profile January 2014!)
Tomass Kalnins firstname.lastname@example.org
Rihards Linde email@example.com
Once used the Ship-to service to avoid detection:
11407 SW Amu St.
Suite # D3084
Tualatin, OR 97062
Multiple incomplete trades under two profiles. Agreed to sell or trade items then never sent them and stopped communicating.
4111 N Blythe Ave. Apt #257
Fresno, CA 92722
juniorheadfier, stationwagon, ozrocks Sri-Lankan scammer.
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
**** Stonecrest Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
From the "Protect yourself against Scammers" and another thread:
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.
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.