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Jun 07, 2011 16:13 |  #31

If they actually suckered someone with this scam, they would have their real name and home address, too, that was provided for shipping. Scary thought.


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Jun 07, 2011 16:23 |  #32

PWard wrote in post #12553439 (external link)
and now that you've given out your email address to them, they can sell it or bombard you with spam now for not sending them their money :-) or you may now get periodic phishing emails that look legit and may unknowingly click a link.

I set my email client to block graphics. if you enable graphics, you are downloading graphics from a server, in which case, they know your email address is valid and can continue sending spam.

If I gave them a fake name and address, why would I give them a real email address and not a spam email address?




  
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Jun 07, 2011 16:28 |  #33

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Knowing it's a scam, I played along, giving a fake name and fake address. They replied back with an "invoice" from ebay. It's not a phishing scheme. They want Western Union, to an address in the UK, but wait, I thought Total Source Packaging was in Tennessee? And didn't the listing say Paypal? Ha ha ha.

PWard wrote in post #12553439 (external link)
and now that you've given out your email address to them, they can sell it or bombard you with spam now for not sending them their money :-) or you may now get periodic phishing emails that look legit and may unknowingly click a link.

I set my email client to block graphics. if you enable graphics, you are downloading graphics from a server, in which case, they know your email address is valid and can continue sending spam.

+1 It IS phishing. As an added bonus, sometimes they get a sucker who gives them free money to boot.

Too bad for the seller, but one security mistake results in them getting some very serious negative feedback.


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Jun 07, 2011 16:28 |  #34

mitchrapp wrote in post #12553527 (external link)
If I gave them a fake name and address, why would I give them a real email address and not a spam email address?



that is true. I misread your previous post. my post was geared more towards a general audience NOT to do that, as in sending your email info to them.


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Jun 07, 2011 16:29 |  #35

mitchrapp wrote in post #12553527 (external link)
If I gave them a fake name and address, why would I give them a real email address and not a spam email address?

Because if you're silly enough to play along with it, everyone just assumes you're not smart enough to use a spam email? :D Not the case, so good for you.


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Jun 08, 2011 09:16 |  #36

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I SO BADLY want this to be legit

If you read the boilerplate text:

"Hello,
The camera is brand new in original box, this is US model with US warranty. The buy it now price for the camera is $1,600. Transaction will be handled by ebay, so we can both be protected and able to exchange feedback after transaction is successfully closed!
I will offer a 5 day inspection period for the camera, so if by any reason you are not satisfied with it, you can return it against a full refund!
If you do want the deal, just please email me your full name and full shipping address and I will start the transaction under ebay. You will be after contacted by them with further instructions on how to complete this sale.

Thank you,
Claire "


and you still thought there was a snowball's chance that it wasn't a scam, then you might want to steer clear of eBay, Craigslist, etc. To buy something on eBay, you click on the "Buy" button, and then click on "Pay now"; you don't have the seller "start the transaction under eBay".




  
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Jun 08, 2011 09:17 |  #37

looks like the listing was removed.


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Jun 08, 2011 09:39 |  #38

moose10101 wrote in post #12557346 (external link)
If you read the boilerplate text and you still thought there was a snowball's chance that it wasn't a scam, then you might want to steer clear of eBay, Craigslist, etc

Thanks for the condescension.


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Jun 08, 2011 11:01 as a reply to  @ vax5xh's post |  #39

Most readers of this forum would take a look at this listing and almost immediately know it was a scam. So many red flags:

- Priced way under fair market value
- Large number of items available
- No previous feedback, or no feedback selling high priced items
- Indications that the seller wants to complete the transaction off of eBay
- Spelling and grammar a bit iffy

If you really have to think about whether this particular deal was legit or not, then I don't think the previous comment was particularly harsh.


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Jun 08, 2011 11:20 |  #40

Folks, this is scam. I had my ebay account hijacked couple years ago selling expensive jewelry. I knew about it because when the listing is posted, I got an email saying I have posted a listing on eBay. After following up with eBay they told me it is a scam. They took care of it. The response you got is very similar to what I got when I inquired about the listing before reporting to eBay. Stay away. If it is too hard to believe, it ain't right.


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Jun 08, 2011 13:17 |  #41

SGMD1 wrote in post #12557505 (external link)
Thanks for the condescension.

Absolutely no condescension intended. This thing has more red flags than a May Day parade. Seriously, if you had to start a thread here to find out it was a scam, you and your money are at risk.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 13:22 |  #42

schaliki wrote in post #12558090 (external link)
Folks, this is scam. I had my ebay account hijacked couple years ago selling expensive jewelry. I knew about it because when the listing is posted, I got an email saying I have posted a listing on eBay. After following up with eBay they told me it is a scam. They took care of it. The response you got is very similar to what I got when I inquired about the listing before reporting to eBay. Stay away. If it is too hard to believe, it ain't right.

The only good part about it is they cannot simply link their paypal accounts to your own to actually TAKE the money from a sale. Doing that would require your paypal account password as well... and while it does show in the ebay account details what paypal account you have linked... no one would be stupid enough to use the same password for both, right? :D


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Jun 08, 2011 15:46 |  #43

moose10101 wrote in post #12558299 (external link)
Seriously, if you had to start a thread here to find out it was a scam, you and your money are at risk.

You made your (previously established) point already, why are you repeating it


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