Hello PinSide pinball Collectors,
Would like to share with you on a scam that just recently happened with me. I posted and still need a Jurassic Park Lost World egg front on PinSide. Got a text from a guy stating that he knew of a guy in Oklahoma that had what I was looking for and gave me this email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I emailed Leeroy and he responded with that he did own what I was looking for and was willing to sell it to me for $90 including the shipping. The only catch was payment was to be on a iTune card(s) as he had trouble with PayPal in the past and was no-longer using them. (first red flag!). I guess I was excited that I had found someone that had what I wanted and proceed with his request. Did not think it was a scam as he was very good with his English and appeared to know about what I was purchasing, a pinball part.
After I purchased the cards and sent pictures to him and proceeded that the cards cleared and he was moving forward with shipping the egg out. A day or so later he came back with that he needed an extra $50 for shipping (second red flag) as that insurance was costing more and he was not shipping with out insurance. I came back with put it in a box and ship it out! I then checked shipping and insurance for an item that weighed 1lb+/- was no where going to cost that much to ship out and emailed this information to him along with his original email stating the item purchased included shipping. At this point I was not going to do anything more and was realizing that this was indeed a scam.
I guess in the long run watch out everyone as the scammers are getting better at their English and thought it would not happen to me! Would check out who you are purchasing an item and/or pinball machine from as the scammers are just around the corner and I got scammed!