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Scam Warning

Postby Mocman » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:44 pm

Dear fellow collectors

I just wish to warn people, seasoned collectors but especially new collectors to be extremely cautious when it comes to buying items especially from sites such as Gumtree, some Facebook sites etc.

Some weeks ago I saw a lot of 6 Mocs advertised on Gumtree. Each moc was priced at a very attractive £30. In my excitement at what seemed like a bargain I bought the lot for £180 plus £15 p+p, so £195 in total.

In my eagerness to clinch the deal I went along with the seller's request to make payment via Bank Transfer. BiG MISTAKE.

The goods never arrived. I also had no protection as I had paid by BANK TRANSFER. Please do not do this. Ever. Do not let your eagerness cloud your judgement and lead you to make schoolboy errors like I did.

It seems this scammer is targeting many selling platforms and is offering vintage Star Wars items at very low prices comparatively speaking I.e. Well under market value to lure people in. Do not fall for it.

I was extremely fortunate in that I got my money back eventually but I stress this was a scam and only for a unique set of circumstances I would not have gotten my money back. Thanks be to God. It was not a huge sum of money but it was the principle.

Being scammed is a horrible feeling. Whether it's for £200 or £2000.

With common sense and caution we can reduce the likelihood of falling for scams. But we collectors, eager to clinch a great deal might be tempted to behave foolishly.

Be warned please.

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby itfciain » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:52 pm

General rule of thumb is that if it walks like a duck....

Pretty much anyone in this day and age who can use a computer to advertise their wares can also use said computer to find out their value - there are scamming bastards out there and it always pays to err on the side of caution when it comes to payment
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Re: Scam Warning

Postby robpmarsh » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:13 pm

I've bought from Gumtree before but I will only complete the deal if I can go to a fixed address and see the items before handing over the cash.

Out of around 10 ads I've completed only 3 as the others wanted bank transfers for the whole amount or 'half and then the rest when the items arrive'.....no thanks
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Re: Scam Warning

Postby Andyclarke » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:34 pm

Many moons ago I was scammed and it is a horrible thing to have done to you. Many thanks for bringing this up and warning the community. Gumtree it would seem is a seriously dodgy place. I think Rob has hit the nail on the head, don't buy until you can see it.

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby mumbo » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:15 pm

Firstly I'm glad you got your money back.

I recall seeing these being posted up on FB and yes if it's too good to be true it usually is, lesson learnt though.

Thanks for sharing the experience as it does help to remind us all that the world is full of scamming scumbags :evil:
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Re: Scam Warning

Postby Darth Bobby » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:43 pm

There are some real scumbags out there for sure.

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby wrighty » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:21 pm

I would only consider deals on Gumtree if the seller will meet for cash on collection. If you think eBay and FB is dodgy, Gumtree is a whole new level of dodgyness (if there is such a word)!! :lol:

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby StarWarsFan » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:25 pm

Thanks for the warning bloody scum bags.

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby Tickion » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:46 pm

craigslist Uk is another one to watch - I highlighted this recently in the 'sellers to avoid' section. In particular there's one scumbag listing high end figures (e.g Harbert MOC Yoda) he clearly does not own them and asks for an immediate bank transfer.

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Re: Scam Warning

Postby palitoyjunky » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:54 pm

Never bank transfer or paypal gift someone u don't know or with no known credibility :!:
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Re: Scam Warning

Postby SOJ » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:51 am

Be super cautious on Gumtree. I've been approached my all sorts over the years in response to my wanted ads. Got caught out once by some fucker in Margate. Never again. Luckily I was only down £20.
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