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Author Topic: How validate a seller?  (Read 1336 times)
KC9KEP
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« on: September 27, 2016, 03:21:37 PM »

Could anyone offer advice or direct me to a source of information on this topic?

I've placed an ad indicating that I am seeking a piece of equipment.
I've received an email from a seller who says he's got it available.

Before I send paypal or check, I'd like to know it this guy is for real.

Any suggestions on how I can validate him prior to a transaction?

Maybe ask for photos or call sign ,etc?

Thanks!!

Tom,

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N9LCD
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 07:03:33 PM »

Tom:

First and foremost, go to the FCC's Universal License Search and check his call to see if he's actually licensed; his address; and when he was first licensed.

Ask for pictures of the gear with the current edition of the local daily in the picture.

Call the seller & talk to him.  Does the area code reasonably match the address on the FCC's books?  Does he know when he was first licensed -- at least the year?  Does it sound like he knows what he's talking about?

Check eHam, QRZ.com and QTH for negative feedback.

Don't develop the "GOTTA HAVE IT" syndrome.

DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT SEND MONEY "FAMILY AND FRIENDS".

DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE SELLER AT HIS FCC LISTED ADDRESS.


There is no "magic bullet" that will nail a fraudster all by itself.  You have take a series of steps based on the amount involved and how comfortable you want to be in doing the deal.

REMEMBER, THERE IS NO SUCH THING LIKE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CERTAINTY IN THE REAL WORLD.

It is up to you to mitigate the risk to a "comfortable" level.

Good luck!

73!

N9LCD

 
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KC9KEP
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 07:07:28 PM »

While I was composing this message, N9LCD had replied to me!  Thank you N9LCD!

Here's what has happened to date ...

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The "seller" that responded to my eHam ad was a fraud!

I'm seeking a vintage Fluke 9010A micro system troubleshooter.

He claimed to have everything that I was looking for, as well as the original carton.

When I asked if he had pods for it, he replied yes .. Z80, 808 and 6800.

I asked for photos, but he just sent a photo of a 68000 (not 6800) pod.  I was able to locate
the exact photo on ebay of the same 68000 that someone else was selling!

I asked for his call sign, but I suspect he just hijacked someone else's ID from QRZ.  A different
name came up for the address that he gave me when I checked.

After several more questions and a request for his ph number, he disappeared ..  

What a jerk!

73
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KC9KEP
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 07:08:29 PM »

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Those are some great tips N9LCD!
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WB2EOD
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2016, 05:45:53 AM »

All good suggestions.   
If I suspect something I may reply with a "trick question"
For example: "is the optional cruising gravitator included?"
Bogus seller answers yes, that ends it right there
A little crazy perhaps but I get to have a little "fun" with the guy

73
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N9LCD
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2016, 06:56:03 AM »

Tom:

I posted a "wanted" ad for an LTV G-175A receiver.

A certain notorious scammer replied with a "too good to be true" offer. 

I requested a photo.  He promptly emailed one -- BUT it wasn't the receiver  I was looking for.

Replied:  "That's not it."

End of exchange!  Scammer crawled back under his rock.

Jerry
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