Scam Warnings (Updated Feb '19)
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Oct 18, 2018 at 5:38 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 1


Headphoneus Supremus
Dec 19, 2011
Motor City, USA
Hello everyone,


We are continuing to receive reports of scam attempts from a user that creates new profiles and offering trades. Because reports of Head-Fi'ers falling victim to these trade scams continue to come in, we are including the name and address used in these scams.

Justin Ruiz
1233 Lakeshore Drive
Camden, New Jersey 08104

If anyone requests packages be mailed to the above name or address, please report the profile using the report link at the bottom of the message. Do not ship any gear to this name or address.

There has been a rise in scam attempts on the For Sale forums lately, and I feel that there's a need to reiterate some of the important guidelines that are listed at the top of every For Sale forum, starting with buying and selling:
Do not request or send money using PayPal Gift/Personal, Western Union, or MoneyGram.
Only send to the address on the PayPal account.

As a buyer, if you pay for an item using PayPal Gift and the seller doesn't ship said item, there is no protection for you. None. Please do not agree to pay for items with PayPal Gift. Even if you feel that you can trust the other party, we still recommend against it. Making payments via PayPal Gift could end up costing you far more than the PayPal fees (roughly 3% + $0.30 on many US transactions).

This is what to expect at a few price points:
  • On a $50 sale, that's $1.80 in fees.
  • On a $100 sale, that's $3.30 in fees.
  • On a $1,000 sale, that's $30.30 in fees.
  • On a $4,000 sale, that's $120.30 in fees.
Sellers are required to include these fees in their asking price on Head-Fi, so please do not agree to pay for fees on top of the price listed on a classified.

Our Buy Sell Trade Rules ask that sellers do not request payment via PayPal Gift or any other unprotected methods such as wire transfer or money order. If a seller is asking you to pay via any of these methods, we recommend declining and offering to pay with a protected payment method. With PayPal, this will help ensure that both parties are protected under PayPal's user agreement.

If you're a seller, make sure that you're shipping to the address listed on a PayPal account. Shipping to a different address voids PayPal's seller protection and can potentially result in both a loss of product and payment. For your protection, please only ship to verified PayPal addresses.

Now as for trades:
Always consider trader history, profile age, and post count before agreeing to any trades.
If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to look at all of the information available to you before even considering a trade offer. Does this person have enough feedback (trader history, found in their profile) for you to feel comfortable trading with them? Is this the profile of a long-standing member of the community or was it recently created? Has this person been active on the site? If the answer to any of these questions give you pause, then it's probably wise to not accept the offer.

Remember, when agreeing to a trade you are giving up all protection as soon as that package reaches a shipping location. We ask that everyone consider every trade thoroughly before agreeing to an exchange. Also keep in mind the other party's location. International trades carry greater risk than those completed within your home country.

We love the Head-Fi community, and we don't want to see any Head-Fi'ers end up losing gear or money to a bad sale/trade. All we're asking is that everyone who uses the For Sale forums look out for themselves and be awesome to one another.
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