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Attention! Don't get scammed!

By robin

1 year ago

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    Post #111 Moderator comment on "scammy sites" axmpinballmachines Posted by ForceFlow (11 months ago)

    Post #127 New Site Feature - Address Verification Posted by robin (9 months ago)

    Post #201 Guide on identifying scam game seller websites Posted by ForceFlow (4 months ago)

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    #53 1 year ago

    So, someone replied to one of my want ads for some parts. I had a friendly exchange with him and he gave me an Oregon address. Fair enough, he agreed to pay the amount after I gave him my PayPal address and said "ok, sounds good." 2 days went by and I didn't get the payment. This is well under $100, not a lot of money. I checked up over the weekend and I get a response saying he "didn't have time" all weekend to send the money. I get a PM from a different person saying something like "I have your PayPal info and want to confirm the parts are still available" (not an exact quote). I asked him who he was as I've never spoke to him before and the first person didn't tell me anything about a second person contacting me. They both have Canadian addresses, which I thought was odd.

    The second guy then replies with a 10 sentence paragraph and gets defensive over me asking a simple question, asking me to "kindly" let him know if the parts are still for sale. He did confirm my information to me and the address and user name of the first person. One of the two people hasn't made a single post on the forum. I then let them both know I wasn't comfortable doing the sale. Smells of a scam to me.

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    #154 7 months ago

    I had an ad for a game on the marketplace and someone immediately reached out to me about another game in the picture. He agreed to asking price. The guy had quite a drive, over 700 miles, so fuel expenses would be a factor. Was kind of surprised we mas he didn't try to haggle with me on price at first, but he did later on. Anyway, he seemed nice enough and he requested a phone call. So I called him and we agreed to all terms of the agreement, except he had an issue with paying cash, like is stated in all my ads. The game is only $2800. He went back and forth with me for a couple of minutes and asked questions like "Why are you still doing cash?" and "What are you trying to protect yourself from?" He also went on and on. "There are 50 different ways I can pay you in today's modern world." "Will a cashier's check, money order, PayPal, or wire transfer work?" "I can pay you today but can't make the drive until later this week." Etc...

    Folks, I'm not saying this guy was a scammer. But he used all the language and agreed to a sale sight unseen aside from some pictures (that can be faked). $2800 for a pin is not a lot of money. Just go to the bank and do a withdrawal, it takes maybe half an hour at tops. Not sure if he was just lazy, or if he had a motive to take the money, take delivery of the game later on, then file a fraud claim stating I took his money and didn't deliver. That scenario would open me up to being scammed because the buyer would have legal recourse to do a chargeback, because I would be taking his money and he would not be getting the machine at the time I took the money. Who in the world pays for a game sight unseen in advance, wants to drive 700 miles for it, and refuses to do cash??

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