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: 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
Tombeau Bay 742CU001
email@example.com, Used for PayPal, which showed up as Matthew Schneider (probably fake or stolen)
OICWUTUDIDTHAR, DroppingDimes; trapper1, OGKoosh, kappachino, Yajirobe1, LordOfTheGearz, handthatfeeds, HwanSolo, ChingLongChan, MidgetPalpatine, 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.
Canada T2Z 2G2
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
280 Weston Rd
Toronto Ontario M6N 3P5
Email addresses used: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terence Pinnock, Maria Write, Terry Wright, Richard Cai
theon3, Johnth3bliss, bluj, zenithofbliss, blackholesunecl, zeromancer, blissking, pulseultra, LunarEclipse, Blackoc3an, blueblackness, lupakansaja123, Eclipsez, Z3nith, jonthenny, 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.
607 I St
San Antonio, Texas 78220
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
129 Middlefield Drive
Auckland, Flat Bush 2016
Kewstone, lojikman, medicalsupplies, swappie931, tengomalani, goldsilver993, changantoo, tengomalani, orionstone, theodoret1, hamita112, jambalayacfp, kamejame, awatanatum, huhana7748, eylmfao, johnwidked, killowatts, potingjun.
2016: Josephrsm, ringostarr910, harud1, 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.
WILSON LOK YUN WOON
2, LORONG INTAN BAIDURI 2B, (possibly "Jalan Intan Baiduri 2B")
TAMAN INTAN BAIDURI,
52100, KUALA LUMPUR,
New address, June 2016:
Kor Weng Chai
33, Jalan bukit tembok
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:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Name: Beitriss Chua
Paypal accounts used:
chenxi2012, zongpeng123, zongpeng2012, chenxi2014, qqexqwe; chinahifi2012, submarineeewUsing stolen credit card details to buy expensive items under multiple profiles.
Paypal emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
a.k.a. chenxi2014, zongpeng2012, zongpeng123
Address: (Possibly fake)
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)
3025 Bowlarama Dr
New Castle, DE 19726
261 QUIGLEY BLVD. Suite 1 # 114177 NEW CASTLE
3760 W CENTURY BLVD
Inglewood, CA 90303
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
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 - email@example.com
audioa23 - firstname.lastname@example.org
corscorpius - email@example.com
dadreq - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (stolen Paypal account?), firstname.lastname@example.org
meaudio21 - email@example.com
jodesff - firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
2015 update: Was trying to sell possibly fake FAD IEMs claiming he was from Hong Kong.
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):
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.
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!)
WARNING: CONTINUES TO MAKE NEW PROFILES!
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 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.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
**** Stonecrest Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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