Mocman wrote: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.
Wreck-It Ralph wrote:I got scammed years ago for some supposed prototype figures. I think the Guy was from Brighton (not TT) I read an add in the model mart for some unpainted prototypes one being an unpainted Boba Fett and got overly excited. He requested I send money in the post recorded delivery which I foolishly did. The figures arrived a few days later in a small plastic box (like the ones you get in a Chinese take away) on opening the box I was hit with a chemical smell, the figures were unpainted but only because the guy had used some chemical to remove the paint. The figures were shiny almost like they had been polished but smelt of thiners or some sort of acidic substance. I contacted the guy and unexpectedly he answered I discussed the situation and he agreed to meet and take back the figures and give me back my cash. Unfortunately when I tried to call back to arrange the meeting he did not answer, I sent letters and got nowhere. At the end of the day it was my fault for being a dumbass. I know we call them scumbags but these people are devious and clever they find ways of getting people to ignore their instincts and better judgement and act in a non logical way, they are not to be underestimated!
ODB wrote:Sounds like Billyboy Rodgers, he scammed a lot of collectors with 'prototype' pieces. Turns out they were all paint stripped production figures. There's a massive thread on Rebelscum about the whole sorry affair.
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