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Discussion in 'classifieds' started by Tony L, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Pkay

    Pkay pfm Member

    I spoke to a guy who sold a Rolex on ebay to person in Russia using PayPal. The buyer reported the genuine watch as a fake and returned the watch getting his money back. The poor bloke no longer has a genuine Rolex and is out of pocket. I’m also not sure what that does to his credit rating.

    I love buying using PayPal as it covers my risk but as dodgy buyers are abusing this avenue it increases the risk for the seller.
    Mynamemynaim likes this.
  2. Bart

    Bart pfm Member

    Google tells me these things have serial numbers? You ought to be able to prove what’s genuine and what’s not.
  3. Pkay

    Pkay pfm Member

    I think the problem is that PayPal side with the buyer and possibly with hindsight he might have taken more precautions around proving authenticity before posting, or not sending a Rolex to Russia. In the case of PayPal it is seller beware.
  4. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    A bit of an oft repeated myth imho, and I've been using them from the start. Do things properly, jump through all the necessary hoops, and you should be fine.

    That I can agree with.
  5. 8bitmax

    8bitmax Surviving, not thriving.

    I will be using this fo' sure. Excellent idea!
  6. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    There's a new scam doing the rounds in Cardiff - people are turning up to buy high value items such as late model iphones, and "paying" by doing a bank transfer from their phones. When the funds aren't received into the seller's accounts, they "show" that the money has left their account... Out of all the apps that are available, this has to be the shittiest one ever.

    A lot of people are falling for this.
  7. Funk

    Funk pfm Member

    Scammer: "Look, it's left my account."
    Me: "Yet it hasn't arrived in mine. When it does, the item's yours to take."
  8. Zek4u

    Zek4u New Member

    Thank you guys for saving me! What a jerk!

    I Google searched every bit of his money transfer info and four this post barely based on his address. He sent me all the same pho today of him. His phot ID. Etc. once I said I would do it, his emails came in super fast line a quick copy/paste. Big red flag. He’s changed his first name, street number by a few digits and his bank:

  9. Mr Ian

    Mr Ian pfm Member

    Got a few new members trying to entice me to follow links they send me. Different reasons but i am not following any of them if they cant converse on forum or pm they aren't people i will be selling to
  10. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    If you don't trust a member who's been on the forum for 12 years dont buy off him. Seeing you've been here for 6 days....
    Darren L, narabdela and montesquieu like this.
  11. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Agreed, but could be misinterpreted now that the post you're referring to has been nuked.
  12. Mr Ian

    Mr Ian pfm Member

    Might be ligit, but too many alarm bells for me. Asks if i will ship abroad, i agree. Says spam filters blocking emails so cant use conversations can we use ebay messages, i decline so he wants my email address, then I get a hyperlink to read his full meesage. Then i get a spury of low value ebay offers and then a message on ebay saying the person, named, who contacted me on pfm is not to be trusted and to follow this link to find out why.

    Posted on here in case others get sent links and follow them without due care and attention. They may be ligitimate but better safe than sorry.
    sq225917 and narabdela like this.
  13. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Indeed. His response(now removed) to your post #389 said it all really.
  14. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Yeh that stinks, wouldn't go near it.
  15. Mr Ian

    Mr Ian pfm Member

    Never saw it
  16. Funk

    Funk pfm Member

    As well as here, I've listed some stuff on Gumtree (usually works well for stuff that needs collection locally) and had the usual "Hi, is this still available?" message through the Gumtree app. I reply yes - then get silence.

    At 2am this morning I got another message asking for 'more pics and information' to be sent via WhatsApp - the typical start of a scam, it's so obvious. Apparently the scammer thought telling me they're in Worcester would help (firstly they're lying, and the small fact it's180 miles from me for a collection-only listing) and then providing a number for WhatsApp in India...

    Always be suspicious of anyone trying to message you from outside of wherever you're selling. I'll also admit to sleuthing a bit when buying and selling from members here; a long-standing account and decent post-count are normally good indicators of legitimacy (although not absolute of course).
    Mynamemynaim likes this.
  17. Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith Member

    anyone ever come across a hifi dealer called K4 POG HIFI ?

    he/she has something I’m very interested in but something is making me wary.

    any experience with them amongst you lot?
  18. Midlandaudiox

    Midlandaudiox Trade: Midland Audio X-Change

    Very trusted seller
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    K4 Used to be a trade account holder here, I never had any complaints.
    hifinutt likes this.
  20. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Bought from him once, many years ago, faultless

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