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Michael Brookes - Scammer Alert

Discussion in 'classifieds' started by Nagraboy, Mar 16, 2023 at 8:14 PM.

  1. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy Ausculta fili

    Anyone receiving replies to their Wanted ads, be aware of someone calling themselves Michael Brookes. I’ve just lost £900 after he replied to my Croft 25R wanted ad on Hifiwigwam. Seems this person has a long history of scamming hifi forums. He asked for payment to be sent to the account of a Sarah Brookes, who he claimed is his wife. Just warning people here to not send any funds to this person. He even produced an image of a Croft 25R with the day’s date and Hifiwigwam written on a piece of paper next to the amp, as asked for.
     
  2. jamington2004

    jamington2004 pfm Member

    Oh dear! Sorry to hear it thanks for the warning
     
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  3. VanDerGraaf

    VanDerGraaf pfm Member

    I am very sorry to hear this- we all need to stay vigilant.
     
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  4. Weiss-Man

    Weiss-Man pfm Member

    That’s not good, apologies for your bad experience. We should arrange a face to face collection when he next appears, down a dark alley on a dark night!
     
  5. m7rso

    m7rso Member

    Its soo bad, i am infuriated, honestly.
     
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  6. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy Ausculta fili

    Just been on the phone to my bank. They’re investigating but I won’t know the result for around 15 days.
     
  7. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Fingers crossed you manage to claw it back. What a scumbag.
     
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  8. turbo al

    turbo al Member

    A friend of mine was scammed at the weekend for a £400 deposit on a top end Canon camera, he replied to a thread on a nature reserve site, seems to be rife everywhere, can't be too careful, thanks for the heads up.
     
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  9. Mike P

    Mike P Trade: Pickwell Audio

    These scumbags seem to be targeting wanted ads in particular. I had several bogus messages the last time I placed a wanted advert.
     
  10. stony

    stony pfm Member

    Sorry to hear this.
    Always use Paypal and not "friends and family" payment. It costs few more quid but it's worth of it.
     
  11. kimbleman

    kimbleman pfm Member

    Better still cash on collection, be it at the sellers house or halfway meet-up.
     
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  12. rubycat

    rubycat pfm Member

    That is not safe either, aranging to be anywhere you have not been before with several hundred pounds in your pocket is asking to be mugged!
    Meet up to see the goods by all means then pay with your mobile via Paypal to the sellers verified email/ paypal account,
    still not the best but at least you have some proof of payment.
     
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  13. Gerard124

    Gerard124 Tempus fugit, memento mori

    With a half way meet up you also risk arriving home with an item that doesn't work or you just became a receiver of stolen goods.
     
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  14. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    That’s really sad, sorry you got conned. Hope your bank helps out, but….
     
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  15. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy Ausculta fili

    I’ve got a lot more doubts over buying kit from forums after this. It’s always gone so well in the past when buying from regulars and friends who tend to turn out to be very trustworthy. Just have to be more wary of unknowns in future.
     
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  16. Gerard124

    Gerard124 Tempus fugit, memento mori

    Very sorry to learn what has happened here Nagraboy.

     
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  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The 50 posts plus 3 month membership system we use here is pretty robust IMO, the problems only come if people deal with users with less than that. Review all the posts, view them as a CV. Don’t like the look, then bail. Even then some basic background checks are essential, e.g. always check where you are sending something on Google Earth etc.
     
  18. kimbleman

    kimbleman pfm Member

    Replying to rubycat and Gerrard 124 above. I have driven dozens of times to fellow Pink fishies to pick up various bits of kit and also several halfway meets (most recently to collect a naim HicapDr) and have never had a problem. Indeed it usually involves a beer and a demonstration (for a home pick-up). A scammer is hardly likely to let you do either. For anything over a couple of hundred ££ I personally use this method.
    Agree with Tony L check a seller's history on here first too.
     
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  19. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    That’s really gutting mate.
    At least we have the sellers feedback thread here.
    I am still wary though as accounts can get hacked.
     
  20. RS3

    RS3 Member

    Assume you’ve reported it to action fraud? Is it’s any consolation, I was scammed 3 years ago for £6k by an incredibly elaborate fraud involving fake courier company websites (Pacefast Logistics) and a fake seller by the name of Ephrain Isaac. Videos were sent showing him having lunch with his kids and demonstrating the amp. When I said I wasn’t comfortable sending the whole amount he agreed to 50% up front and 50 on delivery. He then said his wife was very worried about that and he could only do the whole lot up front. Dockets showing the boxes being dropped at the courier and tracking info by text / email until on the day of delivery I get one saying your package is held in customs (in Istanbul) because the vendor hasn’t paid taxes. To release the package you need to arrange for a further 1.5k to be wired to this account. At that moment I knew. It was very slick but absolutely devastating for me. I hope you get your money back.
     

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