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Scam warning

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

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    As others suggest be very wary of any approach from zero post noobs via PM. There is nothing I can do here beyond deleting after the fact. The 50 post rule tends to work as no scammer has the time, knowledge or intellect to fully engage for that time period. Any transaction here is obviously always 100% at your risk, but dealing with anyone with zero posts is almost certainly a scam.

    PS Just deleted another today.
  2. AW266

    AW266 Member


    Keep your eyes open for a NAC82 that has gone missing somewhere before reaching me from a retailer. I have a S/N of the one paid for.

    Let's make sure it's too hot to handle.

    PS. There is one for sale privately on eBay currently from a PFM member. This is NOT the missing one.
    Guinnless likes this.
  3. unclepuncle

    unclepuncle pfm Member

    Looks like I have been scammed by hardwired91

    Looks like this listing for an Exposure XXV was a scam.

    Was promised amp would be delivered after Easter and then when I chased it last week was told he was waiting for a CD player to arrive so he could use the box for shipping the Exposure amp.
    Chased it again last night and received this reply.

    Please contact your bank, they will get a chargeback arranged, I currently don't have access to the amp or the bank account, long story but absolutely nothing I can currently do, I am not at home for weeks now


    Don’t see how I can get bank to do a chargeback - anyone got any experience of that.
  4. gc4170

    gc4170 Active Member

    I have just received a parcel from evri, formerly myhermes, the snaxo 242 I bought off ebay has been swapped for some shoes. please pm me if anyone sees one for sale.
    I'm fuming, I really think staff have stolen the item and replaced it with something else.
  5. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    I looked this only applies to card transactions and not all banks are aware. Its worth a shot if it applies.
  6. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Not exactly a scam but I bought some reel tapes off a guy on facebook market. We had a mutual friend and he seemed genuine etc. I paid by bank transfer (£60) and he was to post only he never did. Our mutual friend said he was a bit unreliable (wish I'd known that before) I have his phone number and bank details. I cant get a charge back as it is not a card transaction. Anything I can do ?
  7. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    madmike, Jamie and chartz like this.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    If you have had any dealings with a two-post newbie called ‘rickspaks’ chances are you have been scammed.

    Again the 50 post/3 month rules exist for your safety. Please don’t enter into deals with anyone who isn’t an established, well known and credible member of the site. Their time of membership and posting record is their CV. Judge them on it.
    AnilS and Jamie like this.
  9. richth

    richth pfm Member

  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Again be warned about any noob attempting to sell anything via PM. If they haven’t got 50 posts it is far safer just to assume they are a scammer. I’ve just deleted another that was trying to sell stuff via PM and who’s IP resolved to a VPN somewhere in the USA (which is not where he claimed to be). The email was just a throwaway freebie, so had anyone been scammed there is absolutely no comeback. Just nothing I can do.

    I’ve tried to make pfm as safe as I possibly can, but there will always be chancers and spivs trying it on. Just avoid anyone with less than 50 credible posts you can review and assess.
    Rob998, canonman, Bob McC and 4 others like this.
  11. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

  12. Midlandaudiox

    Midlandaudiox Trade: Midland Audio X-Change

    Prices too good to be true I smell a very large RAT and do Google maps it looks a very ominous
    To me
  13. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    Has all the hallmarks of scam, even though the company 'exist', the Directors are in Wales, and the 'address' is the company registered address, which is likely just an administration address...
    It is popular with scammers to 'hijack' a real company name to make it appear authentic.
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    More newbie scammers reported. This is definitely enough of a thing now to view it as a concentrated attack. They claim they are in the UK, yet are using IP concealment (likely TOR) so could be from anywhere.

    Again: Do not deal with *anyone* with less than 50 posts that you have personally assessed and consider to be credible.

    If you are approached via PM simply report the message and I will spam-clean it.

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