So basically I posted in the "buy" section of classifieds for an X100. I received an email from a person with the email "email@example.com" no name shows up in the "from" line of the email, just the word "hi." Everything started out great, he sounded like a real person and even gave me a picture of the camera and supposedly a shot that was taken with it (BTW, there's no one in the forum with that username.) when I asked him for his/her paypal address, he said he didn't have paypal and asked to do Amazon payments instead. I've never heard of this before went ahead and tried to sign up anyway-it was legit. I was having problems signing up so I asked him if I can just send him an Amazon giftcard. I said since i don't have protection from the giftcard, I'll pay him half and the other half once I receive the camera. He initially refused but relented to go ahead with the half payment ($450).
My spidey senses were tingling, so I decided to google the email address he gave me for the giftcard, firstname.lastname@example.org. Since it sounded like a business, I thought it might have some hits on google...nothing. So now I googled his email address, "email@example.com" I found out that he's into virtual reality games and computers. Continued searching and found that someone was scammed by someone with the same email address. The person sent his payment via Amazon Payments, but the person never received his package--the seller never mailed it.
Having read this, I told him that my folks would visiting Orlando for vacation in the next couple of days and proposed a person to person meeting. He then had an excuse that he was going to Miami over the weekend to go fishing and diving. He even gave me the times he was going to fishing and diving and what time he was going to be in his hotel room. Even asked me if my folks were headed that way. I told him that my folks would be in Orlando for a couple of weeks and that they could meet him when he comes back. By this time his email grammar started to seem weird. Words started to get misspelled and so on.
Throughout this whole ordeal I kept asking for his name and if I could find him on Facebook, to put a face with the name. Well he didn't even want to give me his name, citing that he's had trouble with identity theft in the past. Eventualy he said the deal was off.
Moral of the story, use a secure way to pay for your stuff. If you think something's not right, it probably isn't. Be vigilant in your dealings with people, especially if they're non members. This person probably trolls around numerous forums, telling people they have what they want and offer it at a very reasonable price. You hurry and try to pay for the deal of a lifetime and lose sight of the big picture.
Has anyone here had a similar experience?