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Old 10-20-2016, 05:23 PM
christhesav christhesav is offline
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Default SCAMMED!

I bought a radio on this forum about a month ago and it never showed up. Of course the guy will not respond to me after I sent him money. Like an idiot I sent money and trusted he would send the radio. I have done this many times in the past with no issues. Does anybody have any suggestions or am I just SOL? Thanks

[ed. E-mail me the person's username (if they have an account) and I will see what I can dig up. Sorry this has happened to you. Due to the size of this forum, we are sometimes the target of scum out to steal your money. If a person doesn't have dozens and dozens of posts over months and months (an established reputation), I would NEVER consider buying a thing from them, but that's just me. I want concrete proof they're building or flying. FWIW, I've bought exactly two (cheap) things in the classifieds in 15 years.....and I've never bought a thing off Craigslist or eBay. I may have trust issues <g>. Someone joining to sell something throws up a hundred red flags for me (maybe not for you). Again, I'm sorry.

It might be a good time to again draw attention to the two stickies at the top of the classified section. v/r,dr]

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Old 10-20-2016, 05:28 PM
Bevan Bevan is offline
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Since he/she may be monitoring this forum, I'm sending my ideas via a pm.

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Old 10-20-2016, 05:35 PM
Bavafa Bavafa is offline
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It is extremely sad when a few bad apple take advantage of others and help destroy the trust for so many others. We far more often see this on Craigslist or other sites. Sorry to hear about your experience.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:01 PM
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Out him.... If he has done this to you, he might try again. The non-cynical part of me would say there might be an honest reason he has gone silent, maybe he had a car accident or other family emergency.

But there is very little downside to telling everyone his name.
1. He might suddenly follow through due to pressure
2. Someone migh avoid the same issue later
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:31 PM
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Default I agree... name the user..

I agree. Please post the user and the name and telephone number this guy maybe one of us doesn't get hit.

I generally like to chat with someone on the phone before I buy... or sell some thing to some one. I just sold some radios on Barnstormers and I was nervous about getting ripped off too. I talked to the guy on the phone and got some background...enough to figure out he was really a pilot and some particulars to identify his location. Finally I asked to see his drivers license. You can do this sort of thing using skype or apples facetime.

I hate to hear about this sort of crime. If doug finds some appropriate info, you might share it with the FBI too.

Its getting to the place you just about have to use a broker to do a small deal anymore. :-(
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Old 10-20-2016, 07:11 PM
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Default what are the best options?

I am not a real experienced online buyer, but perhaps someone could suggest some better options.
I like talking on the phone, but a good scammer selling a $6,000 GNS 430 or something might be pretty smooth.

I've had folks on the classifieds here say they didn't want to use PayPal unless I covered the fee, but heck, once you are up over a hundred bucks or so, what's $3 to protect yourself? ( correct me if I'm wrong here).

if you say you are going to be in their city next month, and can drop by and pick it up, what's the response?
Last time I did that, the seller bought my whole family lunch! ( thanks Bevan!)
fact is, we are now a big community, lots of spam drivers troll here hourly just for the classifieds, and stuff is gonna go sideways, regardless...and then there are the real scammers.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:03 AM
bobbyc bobbyc is offline
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Originally Posted by christhesav View Post
If a person doesn't have dozens and dozens of posts over months and months (an established reputation), I would NEVER consider buying a thing from them, but that's just me. I want concrete proof they're building or flying.
I can understand that... but maybe I am the exception. I am a student pilot and rent. I lurk here, and at beechtalk forums for several years. Some of my best purchases have been from you fine people here at the vans classifieds.

But then again, I am not buying or selling airplane parts. Just headsets and portable gps's etc....
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