Why so many scams latey?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N0AKF, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. N0AKF

    N0AKF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Why are the scammers hitting the ham radio sites lately? I was just had - see the post about N6VUK. Very discouraging to have this happen :(
  2. VK5TM

    VK5TM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because the world's gone to pot and it ain't going a get any better.

    My guess is the worse the economy, the more the dishonest come out to play.

    Terry VK5TM
  3. KE6KA

    KE6KA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because people do things they wouldn't otherwise do when they aren't in front of you. The anonymity of the internet makes it worse. Add that layer of protection foreign scam artists have simply by being in some place such as Kenya, well, they know there aren't going to be any consequences for scamming someone in the United States, Canada, or the UK.

    As for the hijacked accounts on QRZ, perhaps it is time to take note of patterns and implement some way to stop hijackings. Maybe placing the date they signed up on QRZ in on their bio page as one way to alert buyers that this person signed up yesterday and immediately placed something for sale. I know legitimate sellers do that, but you have to start somewhere.

    As I was typing this I was thinking maybe a log showing the IP address they posted their item for sale from would help further. The IP address would reveal any inconsistencies with their QTH as listed on their license and the city/region/country the IP address is assigned to. The IP address could be displayed at the bottom of the post in the for sale forum.
  4. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Neither of these answers fits, in my opinion. There's something else going on. Just within the last month or so, scams (and very good ones) on the amateur radio crowd are very rampant.
  5. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    the NEW economic policy of job creation -
  6. N0AKF

    N0AKF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    A shame it is :(
  7. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Subscriber QRZ Page

    An electronic form of desperation...

    In the old days people raided farmers vegetable gardens. Today, they raid people using the internet.

    Same principle, different period of time.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  8. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Think Positive: these are Opportunities for Redistributing Wealth! :rolleyes:
  9. KA2CDT

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    There has been a sharp increase in scams on QRZ,QTH,E-ham etc. I would ask that all hams who do sell on these boards to update there QRZ profiles with a current email address. I notice that most of these scams start with a hijacked callsign that does not have an email address posted on their profiles. Not fool proof of course since the more advanced crooks are now gaining access to profiles and changing the email address, but it is a start. Also when posting a picture of an item for sale use your QSL card if you have a paper one in the picture displayed with the item. Like I said not fool proof but it will make it a bit harder for these scammers to pull off their deeds.
  10. KD3NE

    KD3NE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Best way to avoid being scammed ----> In person transactions.

    Maybe the Hamfest will come back as a result!

    Yeah I know there are still hamfests out there today buuuuuut .........

    Not what they were 20 years ago!

    Whenever I go to a fest and talk up the light attendance all I hear is " damned internet! "

    From now on I will only respond to ads from people in my area or surrounding states.

    I have some gear for sale, but I won't ship it. Has to be local pickup.

    No way am I gonna get scammed out of say an Icom 7600 , 746 Pro or IC-9100 !
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