Now that you opened this post in great interest, you must read it and memorize it.
Just now I banned a member who had about 60 members targeted for scam. I PM'd all those 60 a serious warning after I verified the tip and banned the scammer. Immediately, I got PM replies like "Yes, he seemed fishy because... (various reasons from cheap prices to not giving proper info and photos of gear)".
This is the third or fourth time the same pattern happens. I can see that people sense a scam and after a week when I get notified the scammer has done the scam for many members. I send warnings and half of the people reply "yes I guessed that"!
Help us to help you.
What I want to ask from each and every one of you is that
if you smell something fishy, IMMEDIATELY report it to moderators. Reporting is easy if you open one post of the fishy one and click the "More info | Report" You'll see the big report post sign on the same are, click that to start your report. Explain the situation and we'll have a look. You may also PM me directly.
<---- Reports are started from "More info | Report" command, found on the left of the post.
I can often verify a scammer by PM's (I'm the only one with PM access) and other hard evidence, but I can not scan all data all day long. Please report all contacts that make you feel suspicious, they might not all lead to scammer getting caught but I'd love to check it out.
How do you recognize a scam?
Best detection tool is your own feelings. If it does not feel right, then trust you feelings. Some other pointers are:
Scammers almost always sell what they do not have. Ask for more pictures with written notes like "POTN rules and duck is yellow", ask RAW test shots taken now, ask a shot of him taking the test shot with both the camera and test shot subject showing. Ask all the things you can think of.
Scammers sell what you need. They reply fast, they change price fast, they use copy-paste type of phrases.
Scammers try to get you buy fast. Cheap price for mint condition is not a sound recipe, is it?
Scammers try to get 30 posts fast in order to get into Marketplace. The posts they do are generic comments and never real discussions or contributions. Check the post history, if all 30+ posts are done in a day after being registered three months ago, well it does not look good.
Scammers want Paypal gift.
Google the username and other info you get.
Read also this: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=292688 and feel free to comment.