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Active scams....running now
A few days ago I almost fell victim to a professional scam.
I place a WTB ad on Eham for a K3 system.
I received an email from BILLIE F MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
He stated he had an almost new loaded K3 and P3 for sale. He was asking $3,200 which is about 60% of new price. He listed all of the options correctly and all seemed well.
I offered to purchase the items.
I asked for COD….he asked for a postal MO up front …payable to a Tojuana Talley at an address in Leighton Alabama.
I asked him to call me….no call. Asked again ….no call. Big red flag!
We finally agreed that I would send a deposit in the form of a money order and pay the balance after receiving the radio. But, I would not agree to make the money order payable to any other than the “seller” Billie F Miller.
I sent this via FedEx to the address he gave me. (Note this was a house and not the P.O. Box listed for the call sign on QRZ). FedEx tried to deliver but the people at the house had never heard of Billie Miller. So, I was able to call my FedEx letter back.
“Saved by the bell”.
By then the guy was pleading with me to resend the money order but be sure to make it payable to Tojuana Talley.
I thought all along that this was a little fishy but now I was sure it was a scam.
So, I get my deposit back and a lesson.
While there have always been a few hams that misrepresented their items and a few that were out and out dishonest ….for the most part we have been able to trust each other.
Now we are the target of an organized crime group that is taking advantage of our years of trusting each other.
I doubt that we are the only hobby group….I’ll bet they are targeting model train collectors and many other groups.
I feel pretty sure this is an offshore operation. The wording used in the emails was just a little suspect and I see others posting on the Eham scam section are saying that they think this is a Nigerian operation….Nigerian or any other foreign group….it still seems like a professional operation.
So, we now need to accept the fact that our little world has changed.
In the future I will not buy or sell unless:
I can talk to the seller, buyer on the phone.
I can ship or receive COD.
Or use PayPal or some other transfer service that provides protection.
Below is a copy of a post to Eham that ties directly to my experience….the same Tojuana Talley pops up again.
Buyer and sellers beware!
“Someone is using this guys call on ad's for want to buy. Says he has an item you are looking for then asks for a Bank Wire or Money Order as he won't do PayPal. Asks to send money to: Quote from the person: I have confirm your shipping details. Item has been double boxes package and mark sold in your name. Proceed with payment to my Secretary name and my work address. I might not be around when it arrive but she will always available to receive it. Name: Tojuana talley Address: 118 north Washington Magnolia, Arkansas 71753 Email a scan copy of the MO and a tracking number. Looking forward to read from you soon. Thanks 73. That address is a nail salon in Arkansas.”
For more accounts of active scams take a look at Eham classified section under scams.
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