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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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):
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]).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lvrhs, whatcar1990, rikardoliepa, Runnlv, tomasskalnin, cubota890, iemguy66, tomy55538 (New profile January 2014!)
Tomass Kalnins email@example.com
Rihards Linde firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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.
Vlooienuker / tsiknus / iso300and8 (November 2013)
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.
Leon Optimus / Leon Kuhn
71 D Wiri Station Road
Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
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 registering 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.
The matter is still being looked into, but it appears there might be a scammer attempting to prey on members who have posted "WTB" ads. At least one member has possibly been robbed of a considerable amount of money by this person and several others have been "offered" the specific item they "WTB"....from a relatively new member who has zero feedback.
AGAIN - Make sure you know who you're dealing with before you send some stranger money or equipment. Check for feedback. Know how long they've been a member. If the amount of money or product is considerable (you be the judge of how much you're potentially willing to have stolen from you) get the person's full name, address and phone number ... phone and speak with them and confirm that the information is legitimate. Match their name, and phone number, and address through the various internet 411 services to prove they are legitimate.
I'm not going to post the suspected scammer's name until they've had a chance to respond to my questions, but at this moment things don't look good so I'm posting this warning. The member in question only joined in January and approached several WTB ads with offers to sell since that time .... several were on the same day, which is often a tell-tale sign they are looking to make a quick score then disappear.
If you suspect you've been defrauded, please contact a moderator asap with details.
August 11, 2013: Our Nigerian scammer looks to have returned, registering 3 accounts and posting with one of them:
July 14, 2013: A member from Nigeria, gear22, has been responding to WTB advertisements for expensive headphones, attempting to move the conversation to email where he asks for a Western Union or Moneygram payment.
"Do you still have interest?Let me know and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details because i am not always on forum or send me your email so that i can give you more details"
June 12, 2013: We recently had a member register and post the following in numerous threads, which a google search has shown to have been posted on another forum. It is worth checking the post history of new members who offer to sell you item.
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]