TO: Users looking for a deal
RE: Possible scams via private message (PM), email, and instant messaging
Pay attention - if you're posting about potential hardware configurations or components you plan to buy, be on the lookout for PMs, emails, or instant messages from other users looking to sell their goods. Many people are aware of this tactic, but for those that aren't, this is a common scam with temptations of prices too good to be true. If you are contacted in such a manner, you are advised to ignore it. Some telltale signs that a deal is a scam:
- You are contacted. Period. Buying/selling is not allowed on this forum. Beyond that however, a good sign that someone is attempting to scam you is that they contacted you.
- Related to number 1 above, if it's a new member that contacted you (particularly with a low or no post count), chances are high they opened up an account for this sole purpose.
- If the price is too good to be true, than it isn't true. Ask yourself why a user would choose to sell you a 4800+ X2 valued at $799 for $600. If it was a legitimate item, it could fetch much more in the marketplace, whether that be EBay or a For Sale forum, etc.
- If the email address they contacted you from is a free addy (hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc), then it can be next to impossible to trace them. More often than not, a scammer will use a free email address rather than their paid ISP's.
- If the requested payment method is Western Union or cash, then this should raise a big red flag with a skull and crossbones plastered over the front. These transactions carry virtually no protection in the event that a deal goes sour.
- Let me reiterate #1 - if you've been contacted to buy an item (especially but not exclusively if you've recently posted an interest in said item), then be suspicious.
If you have been scammed, unfortunately there is not a whole lot you can do. Prevention is far more effective than damage control. If the latter becomes necessary however, I suggest visiting the following links:
IFCC (Internet Fraud Complaint Center
Internet Fraud Watch
USPS Mail Fraud Complaint Form
State Attorney General
Better Business Bureau
Known or Suspected Scammer List
Email = firstname.lastname@example.org
See this post --->LINK
In addition, I was contacted by another member that recieved similar emails from this indvidual on the same item as found in that post.
Email = email@example.com
See this thread ----> LINK
For a list of aliases and other information, see this thread ---> LINK
Likes to 'offer' high priced items across a variety of forums, including this one.