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Scammer Alert

By Phillips88

1 year ago


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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Haymaker
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    #1 1 year ago

    This guy Brian who posted a 2001 today on Mr. Pinball is a scammer and is using photos from an add here on Pinside.

    He claims he owned the 2001 for 6 pears and that he got it from a friend. However I called him out for using the pictures from Mike K’s add that was from this past year

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    #2 1 year ago

    All ads on mrpinball.com are a scam.

    Avoid. Unfortunately it's not 2005 any more and that's no longer a good place to buy pinball machines.

    #3 1 year ago

    A scammer on Mr Pinball!? SHOCKING! SHOCKING I TELL YOU! I, FOR ONE, AM SHOCKED!

    #4 1 year ago

    FaceTime his ad and waste some of his time ...

    #5 1 year ago

    You can be scammed on any site even pinside, I've bought and sold on Mr pinball, multiple times, but I only deal locally in the tri-state area.

    Do your due diligence.

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    You can be scammed on any site even pinside, I've bought and sold on Mr pinball, multiple times, but I only deal locally in the tri-state area.
    Do your due diligence.

    Yup this guy was pretty good too. It wasn’t the typical obvious emails with poor grammar. I only caught it because I recognized the pictures he was sending. This was more or a heads up for others if they had emailed this guy

    #7 1 year ago

    Good to know, thanks for the heads up.

    #8 1 year ago

    These are images of a Gottlieb 2001 images sent by a Facebook scammer a week ago. He went by the name "Michael Smith" on Facebook and gave me the email address Sparkie7224 at yahoo.com.
    He was skilled. I asked for images of a thumbs up in front of the playfield, and sent me one (attached).

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    #9 1 year ago

    He mentioned he used Beltmann for shipping in the past.
    Wonder if he used AI to composite that thumb.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    You can be scammed on any site even pinside, I've bought and sold on Mr pinball, multiple times, but I only deal locally in the tri-state area.
    Do your due diligence.

    As far as I'm concerned, if you're doing your due dilligence you won't be replying to any ad on Mr. Pinball.

    #11 1 year ago

    Why all the criticism of Mr. Pinball? Many people posting ads there are well known, and have been around for years. I've bought and sold many games and parts through that site with no problems. Sure there are scammers there, as well as everywhere else. They're usually pretty easy to pick out. I saw that ad this morning and it smelled funny to me right away.
    Anyone who knows anything wouldn't be selling a very nice "2001" for $1000, especially today.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    All ads on mrpinball.com are a scam.

    Really Levi? All ads?

    #13 1 year ago

    When I was leveling up my WPC collection every ad I contacted on mr pinball was a scam. Every single one.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from typist:

    Wonder if he used AI to composite that thumb.

    Haha, nope! That might actually be his thumb, but even with phone apps, you can cut out a image and place it on top of another one, or even a video.

    I don't care what kind of camera you use, it's nearly impossible to get two items, at two different distances away from a camera, to be both in focus like that. It also makes this guy look like he's a giant!

    #15 1 year ago

    The Post today on Mr. Pinball for a Big Hit in Bellevue, WA is a SCAM. I contacted him this morning and he sent me pictures of my game in my game room that I sold a couple of years ago!

    #16 1 year ago

    These days, it would be more efficient to point out any ads on Mr. Pinball that are NOT scams.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Really Levi? All ads?

    Seeing as how we are unfamiliar with hyperbole, I’ll just go with “the vast majority.”

    The site has outlived its useful life by a decade should be shut down.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Seeing as how we are unfamiliar with hyperbole, I’ll just go with “the vast majority.”
    The site has outlived its useful life by a decade should be shut down.

    Yep

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    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Seeing as how we are unfamiliar with hyperbole, I’ll just go with “the vast majority.”
    The site has outlived its useful life by a decade should be shut down.

    Nobody is forcing you to use it, so if you don't like it, don't use it. Shut it down? Sheesh!
    You're still being hyperbolic by saying that the "vast majority" of ads are scams. Simply not so!

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Nobody is forcing you to use it, so if you don't like it, don't use it. Shut it down? Sheesh!
    You're still being hyperbolic by saying that the "vast majority" of ads are scams. Simply not so!

    Because the majority of ads are scams, it’s AWFUL for the hobby, especially noobs.

    I think that’s a pretty good reason it should be shut down. It’s of far greater use to scammers than hobbyists in 2023.

    Besides the fact that it’s old, why do YOU think it should still hang around? Are you actively using mr pinball?

    I used to check it every morning. A long time ago. Before it became a cesspool of unpoliced, unmoderated, unchecked scammer ads.

    #21 1 year ago

    I guess then that I should tell Chris A.... that he's likely a scammer, and I shouldn't buy that lightbox he's bringing to the show for me.

    #22 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    I guess then that I should tell Chris A.... that he's likely a scammer, and I shouldn't buy that lightbox he's bringing to the show for me.

    Guess we should all cancel our subscription to daily Mr pinball ads too.

    #23 1 year ago

    Maybe tell Chris A about pinside?

    #24 1 year ago

    If mrpinball ceased
    To exist,
    What would Chris A do ?!?!

    #25 1 year ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    Guess we should all cancel our subscription to daily Mr pinball ads too.

    Yes lol, I'd be embarrassed to even admit I was subscribed to that.

    Jeez, look, I'm not one to be a CANCEL CULTURE guy and call for something to be shut down, but Mr. Pinball sucks. It does not need to be around anymore. Its a relic of the past and it does way more harm than good these days. The layout is embarrassingly outdated and just everything about it is from a bygone era. Obviously, theres some boomers around who can't let go of it, and thats probably also why its a ripe playground for scammers.

    #26 1 year ago
    Quoted from Haymaker:

    Yes lol, I'd be embarrassed to even admit I was subscribed to that.
    Jeez, look, I'm not one to be a CANCEL CULTURE guy and call for something to be shut down, but Mr. Pinball sucks. It does not need to be around anymore. Its a relic of the past and it does way more harm than good these days. The layout is embarrassingly outdated and just everything about it is from a bygone era. Obviously, theres some boomers around who can't let go of it, and thats probably also why its a ripe playground for scammers.

    Chris A would take issue with this post!!!!!!

    As soon as he discovered forums.

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Chris A would take issue with this post!!!!!!
    As soon as he discovered forums.

    He'll probably discover forums once they are completely gone and dead (like they almost are already)

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