Help Help Scammer Again!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by doucy2, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. doucy2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    Well I was scamed about 1 month ago
    deal was Dual powermac g4 for my 500mhz powermac g4 + $700
    to make a long story short i got everything back
    DON'T deal with VXFILMER04 on AIM

    but now
    I traded my borken g4 cube for a 19" dell lcd
    the guy had ebay feedback (ncdude69), he even showed me a pic of the lcd

    well its been a week now since i shipped
    i have sent numerous e-mails to him (no response), and he has not been on AIM (lowcostmacs)
    anyone here delt with him or know him his name is Jerry Kearly

    any info, or sugestions would be helpful

    I'm gonna give him a few more days before I call the local police there (I already looked up the number)

    any help would be appreciated
  2. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    He just bought something on ebay, wtf so now i know he is deliberatly not responding to my e-mail
  3. freeny macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    Location: Location:
    Be sure to give him at least one warning before you call the cops.

    "this is my last attempt at reaching you before I notify the autorities...."
  4. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    i just notified him and said he has 48hrs
  5. haiggy macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    That's pretty funny... there is a guy on the East Server of WarCraft III called ncdude.... he's a really good player. I wonder if it's him... :confused:
  6. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    ask him
    i know hes got a few dual g4 lying around that he prob plays it on
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Ummm, I'm sorry for your difficulties...but I think, as soon as you get this resolved, you have got to stop trading all your stuff on the internet.... :(
  8. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    no i dont
    i just need to trade with good rep sellers only, and stop being such a trusting person
  9. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    trading + internet = BAD idea

    If you want to trade, arrange it on the internet then meet them in person.
  10. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I've traded on the internet many times, and i've never been scammed, I have had issues, such as items beign damaged in shipping, small parts being missing etc. but this kind of stuff can alwyas be fixed by sending the missing parts or having shipping insurance. if you pick the right people to trade with, then you should be safe. If someone has 100+eBay feedback, 500+ MR posts (and currently is active on the forums) then they are probably safe to deal with. but honestly theres only so much you can do, but if you have their address etc. then you can call the cops, badger them to send it etc.
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The reality of the situation is that internet crimes for auction fraud is going to have a rather low clearance rate -- until the person doing it really starts making a significant impact.

    Basically a $300 crime will have a rather small chance of conviction compared to somebody that scammed $100k from people.

    If the crime gets the US Post office involved, the postal inspectors will be a little more vigilant.

    Suing people in small claims court and collecting the money becomes a little more interesting, especially since you are allowed to garnish wages, snag money from their checking accounts, ect.

    Still even small claims isn't a great way to get your money back either unless it's a couple thousand or more. And you are willing to spend money to track the money down for repayment.
  12. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    Forget any kind of buying and selling high-dollar goods from individuals online.

    For a while I bought and sold a string of laptops on ebay (over a period of 4 years). I was lucky, I never got badly burned - nothing worse than incomplete shipments, anyway. Of course, I took precautions, checked feedback, blah blah blah, but the bottom line was I was taking my chances every single time. Back in the late '90s into 2001 there were of course scammers online, but the real crooks hadn't moved in.

    Unfortunately, now you're guaranteed to get at least 3 and usually many more fraudulent offers on any desirable electronic item you're selling or trading, and you can reasonably assume 10% of such items listed for sale or trade online are fraudulent offers.

    It comes down to this: If it's electronic and worth more than $50, or if it's not and it's worth >$200, use craigslist, deal locally, cash only. Period. (And check the cash, too. Watermark, proper denomination embedded thread, etc.)

    No money orders or cashiers checks (frequently forged), no paypal (buyers can use fraudulent cards then paypal will come after you for the money), and absolutely no ebay. You may get lucky for a while, but eventually you *WILL* get burned. There are tens of thousands of people out there who make their living by online fraud. Yes, you can mitigate your risk, but the hassle and cost increases and it's not worth it.

    Craigslist, deal locally, cash only. Learn it, live it.

  13. thechamp macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2005
  14. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Back on topic, Doucy2 if you know his name and where he lives (I assume you do since you sent him a computer) try to look up his phone number and call him. That'll scare him.
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    That 300+lb. collection agent hired at the local biker bar would scare him.

    Of course they would probably charge you just as much as you were scammed. :(
  16. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    i tried looking up his number
    but it looks to be unlisted

    anyone live near Gastonia, NC
  17. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Screw him, post all the info you have on him ...

    Remember the last time that happened the MR community helped out quite a bit going after these scumbags. ;)
  18. doucy2 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005

    i gave him 48 hrs to respond to my e-mail
    after that time is up his e-mail will be posted up
  19. ALvie macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2005
    Actually if you deal with only verified user accounts then PayPal will go after the buyer and not the seller.


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