Re: [DMCForum] ANOTHER REALLY STUPID SCAM
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Re: [DMCForum] ANOTHER REALLY STUPID SCAM



Hi Lauren,

I fully understand about privacy and private feedback,
but, (and please correct me if I am wrong), there is
no such thing as "applying to be a preapproved
bidder".  That's what all these scammers are pulling. 
It is a dead give away when the seller states in the
title that you must contact them to be able to bid. 
There is "NO" such thing on Ebay, you register, you
bid, and you win or not.

You can be a first time bidder, and if you have
followed the rules, you can win.  What these scammers
are doing is trying to make contact with you and then
offering you the DOD (deal of the decade).  I have
contacted several of them, a couple dozen or so, if
for no other reason than to keep them busy thinking
they have a sucker on the hook.  They will keep trying
to explain that your hard earned money needs to go via
Western Union to a third party, that way, you have no
recourse, but only if you are willing enough to send
the $$$$$ to someone who you don't know, in a city a
thousand miles away,  with no receipt of any kind.

My latest ploy with these people is to go all the way
with them, just to the point of sending money, and
then, telling them, "Oh, by the way, my brother lives
in your town, and I'd like for him to come over and
look at the vehicle, just to check the VIN plates".  I
have yet to hear back from a single one of them.

On a positive note, Ebay ran a fake auction just this
past week, so I think they have received enough
complaints that they are going to get serious about
policing Delorean ads.

Last, Greg is absolutily right about bidding the car
out of sight, if it is a scam.  I was in on a Vega
that finally sold for just under 800k this past year. 
Those folks in Nigeria must have thought they hit the
mother lode, until it came time to collect.

Mikey    TPS    1630



--- Lauren <LPLand@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 
> 
> 
> 
> ooh - a rhetorical eBAY question so I have to chime
> in Ryan....
> 
> People do have a right to privacy on eBAY, and it
> always makes me 
> distrustful too, altho I have to say I've always had
> good 
> transactions with private buyers.  But with what I
> do on eBAY, I find 
> that often my buyers are buying for resale and don't
> want their 
> customers to see that they just flipped something I
> sold them.  It's 
> much easier to create  separate identities for
> buying  and selling 
> but most people just haven't figured that out yet.  
> And maybe, too, 
> they just don't want their
> friends/mothers/spouses/bosses to know 
> what they're buying or selling.  There was some talk
> a few weeks back 
> on the eBAY announcements about limiting private
> auctions but I 
> haven't seen anything more about it and honestly, I
> forgot the gist 
> of what they were saying.
> 
> ..............................LP
> 
> 
> >For the life of me, I cannot figure out why eBay
> allows sellers to
> >hold auctions like this. That, along with letting
> people make their
> >feedback private. Seems like a terrible idea to me.
> 
> 



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