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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 me asap with details.
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That is why I don't place wanted ads in the first place. I just feel uneasy because it invites scamming.
post #3 of 6
Thank you very much for the info.
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Bummer!

Bummer for those who have been robbed. I hope when you do find out, you will post his or her name.

I am very careful. I have not been robbed on Ebay for almost 12 years now, except for recently. I bought complete seasons of Seinfeld from a guy who
had good feedback and went south all of a sudden. Lots of people got screwed.

To those this happened to,
I hope you put on credit card and have some recourse.
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Is it possible for these scum bags to scamme you through PayPal?
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Originally Posted by Azi View Post
Is it possible for these scum bags to scamme you through PayPal?
Sure...for instance, it's pretty popular to send payments as a "gift" through PayPal to avoid fees, but you really don't have any recourse if the seller then disappears off the face of the earth or fails to send the goods. After all, you told PayPal you were just giving the money away. Even with everything aboveboard, it's not impossible to steal folks' money, and PayPal is often slow and arbitrary with resolving these things (typically, it's easier to get burned as a seller, but buyers sometimes aren't dreadfully well treated either).
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