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Scammer?

#1 Post by solidpro » Sat Sep 10, 2022 3:19 am

Hi

So, some person on here recommended I contact "someone" because of a spare part I needed. As soon as I sent the money (a massive $35) they went silent. I've had one, short email since "will send tracking soon".

These all have the tell tale signs to me of a pathetic scammer and I suspect the person on here is the same person I've sent the money to. Am I allowed to publicise the member who directed me towards this person? I don't want other people suckered into these pathetic little thefts.

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Re: Scammer?

#2 Post by MikalE » Sat Sep 10, 2022 8:28 am

This has been going on for some time on many unrelated forums.

Post a Looking For or Want to Buy thread and these scumbags come out of the woodwork looking for a mark and a pocket to pick.
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Re: Scammer?

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:47 am

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Re: Scammer?

#4 Post by solidpro » Sun Sep 11, 2022 1:29 pm

If anyone is suggested sending anything to nicholashenry283@gmail.com then I'd consider it a scam.... unless this palmrest miraculously turns up. $35 - pretty pathetic really...

Username: richydon suggested this person. Can anyone vouch for richydon?

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Re: Scammer?

#5 Post by dr_st » Sun Sep 11, 2022 4:35 pm

solidpro wrote:
Sun Sep 11, 2022 1:29 pm
Username: richydon suggested this person. Can anyone vouch for richydon?
A newly registered user with 0 posts sends contact details of a supposed third party in PM to arrange a sale? This has all the classic forum scam signs written all over it.

I banned user, IP and email. Now that I think of it, perhaps it is time to research into a setting/plugin that will require a certain number of posts before users are allowed to send PMs. It does deter some legitimate cases, though, so I don't know...


RBS addition: richydon registered on the Forum with this email: abrahamrichard1213@gmail.com (this email also banned)
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Re: Scammer?

#6 Post by theterminator93 » Sun Sep 11, 2022 10:40 pm

I'm a moderator on another forum and I came across this exact thing 2 days ago.

A newer member posted a WTB related to a topic I had made a lengthy contribution to, and that member PM'd me asking for "expert advice" when a 3-hour-old account responded to his WTB with an offer.

The new account grabbed an image of the part in question from a previous post on the forum (from a fellow admin, no less) and claimed he was that admin on a new account! And they said they would ask for 50% down through Google Pay as a "good faith" payment.

Doing an IP lookup of the user, it came up as a known VPN host. Yeah, that one got banned. :roll:

We used to have a 50-post minimum requirement to be able to list WTS ads, but lifted it years ago. But that doesn't prevent people with 0 reputation from PMing others. Spam prevention tools have gotten better, but as one could say - build a better mouse trap, and the mice get smarter...
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Re: Scammer?

#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Sep 11, 2022 11:56 pm

When in doubt over someone's "legality", this is a good source: https://stopforumspam.com/search
Search there for username and/or email address and/or IP address.
That is also the place where the Forum 'registers' scammers and other unwanted members when we ban them.
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Re: Scammer?

#8 Post by solidpro » Mon Sep 12, 2022 4:20 am

It was totally my mistake to be too trusting. I did notice the 'zero' posts after I'd got concerned about the lack of reply. I guess I wasn't expecting anyone to be putting so much time and effort into haunting a very quiet forum to hustle someone out of $35. I can only hope they really need it.

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Re: Scammer?

#9 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:42 pm

Can you dispute the charge with your bank?
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