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Scam warning

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

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The current scam model is to impersonate an existing user and make contact via PM, i.e. no posts are made on open forum. I can’t close off PMs as legitimate newbies may need to contact me.
  2. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

  3. FrancisClement

    FrancisClement pfm Member

    No problem Tony, I think that the exposure of the type of scams on this thread helps PFM members. The advice about looking at the number of posts is invaluable. I looked up the account name and that alerted me when I saw that it was not listed so happy days.

  4. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

    Is there any text you can put on the homepage for Conversations. Something like: 'Have you checked the profile of any user responding to a sales or wanted ad? Are you sure the username is who you think it is?'
  5. almichie

    almichie Jack the lad

    I’ve had some called Neiilk contact me about an advert and since asking for an image of the boards with my email and todays date I’ve had radio silence.

    suspect this person is a scammer, and there is a real Neilk as a member…
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Yes, usual profile, a letter changed from an existing user, no posts, and AUP-breaching direct contact trying to deal. Account now deleted.

    As ever please do not ever deal with anyone with less than 50 posts on this site. This scammer will just be one sad loser prick coming back time and again, but as long as no one actually enters into a deal with him he is just wasting his (and my) time.
  7. ChrisS

    ChrisS pfm Member

    Not sure if this is viable as it might affect ad revenue, but Audiokarma has a subscriber only area with a “bartertown” area. There’s not minimum post count to become a suscriber, but there is a fee - $25 per year I think. I haven’t checked for similar threads there to see if it seems to help with fraud. No idea how the funds might work out with such a switch.
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  8. kernow

    kernow pfm Member

  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

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    kernow pfm Member

  11. Mike P

    Mike P Trade: Pickwell Audio

    I had the same in response to my wanted advert for an azimuth test record.
  12. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    Same here in response to a wanted ad.
  13. alindsay

    alindsay pfm Member

    I’ve had msgs. from non existent members xyzkum & tinroof9294 offering contact details of people who have the item I’m looking for. Clearly a scam in my book.
  14. malcesine

    malcesine pfm Member

    Got this reply to my wanted thread, both PFM profile and conversation since deleted (not by me)

    Have you checked with GDTech via elepaqxo@yahoo. com . He has a Gradient SW63 Subwoofer for Quad ESL63 he wants to part with.
  15. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    I always ask for a photograph of the equipment with todays newspaper that scares any scumbags off.
  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    There is a ‘report’ link under every personal message. Please use it if you are ever approached by a zero or low post member and I will delete and spam-block the account.

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