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Anatomy of an Internet Scam at QRZ

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Aug 18, 2014.

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  1. KD2AFZ

    KD2AFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

  2. VE3DGU

    VE3DGU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Reminds me of HRC. PAY to PLAY.
  3. VE3DGU

    VE3DGU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yup and I build Custom Choppers I am no Doctor but I could cure his Cancer with my hand grinder with a zip blade on it. Oh no I cut out the good parts I must learn to turn on the lights.
  4. ZL2THC

    ZL2THC Ham Member QRZ Page

    New or used? The new ones are hard to get hold of and tend to be rather young and undeveloped.
  5. VE3DGU

    VE3DGU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have bought most of my Ham Gear at Swap meets and have been very lucky. Only got bit once on a Yaesu AMP 2100z. And we have heard the same Pitch. So after that sting never again. If I buy at a meet I tell the seller to prove the item works as it should. If he can't politely tell him to take his trash home and that ends the Negotiations.
  6. G1YIL

    G1YIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well done Fred,
    The same thing happened to me but in reverse,I was selling a professional tv news gathering video camera a few months ago, when I was approached on line by somebody wanting to buy it,and would i dispatch it to Nigiera, as soon as I saw that address alarm bell rang out loud and clear.I told the prospective buyer that I would not dispatch it to that destination. In the next email there was a deposit slip from PayPal to show that they had paid the sale price. Upon closer examination the PayPal receipt was obversly false, so it was forwarded on to PayPal fraud department.
    So as you can see sellers can be victims of fraud as well, needless to say I did not dispatch the camera disputed getting up to ten emails a day with fake PayPal receipts to show that they had paid.these emails only stopped when I informed the sender that all there emails had been forwarded to both eBay and PayPal.

    Tony Kaye G1YIL
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  7. VE3DGU

    VE3DGU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am by Trade an AUTO TECH and very skilled with on board Auto Computers. I know in some past life I was a Brain Surgeon. I have all the Tools I need to re-wire HRC to do one specific job. That is to run a Vacuum Cleaner instead of her Mouth.
  8. VA3DGS

    VA3DGS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The scammers are getting more sophisticated...

    I run an online SwapShop at for Canadian hams and last night, one of my users notified my of a fraudulent offer of an Elecraft KPA500/KAT500 combo he was looking for. The user got suspicious because the price was too low for these and the scammer was too vague about other details also.

    In the process, my user got a picture of the gear supposedly with the perp's QSL card in front of it and if you didn't investigate and look closely some could take it as evidence that he actually owned the gear he was offering.


    However, if you do an image search and look closely, you can see that this is actually an altered screen shot from K6OZY's YouTube video
    (same table, wall, stuff to the left and just a bit of the Flex-3000 case at the right) but the W2 unit in the video has been digitally removed with a fair degree of sophistication. The only real tip-off is that the top edge of the KAT500 gets a little wavy where the alteration starts. Of course, the QSL card is a bad job - the perspective is wrong for a card that should be leaning against the amp and the edges of the card image align too exactly with the edges of the image - photoshop has tools that would have let him do a better job but I guess he got lazy).

    So... while getting a picture with a QSL card is still a good idea, don't take it at face value - these guys are getting more sophisticated in trying to con you out of your money!

    73 Dave VA3DGS
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017
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  9. VA3DGS

    VA3DGS Ham Member QRZ Page

    And he's at it again...

    He's also taken a screenshot from a 'Kenwood TS990 UnBoxing and Basic Review' YouTube video and altered the image of the power-on screen that should look similar to this:
    to look like he has customized the radio with his own callsign:
    (its the same blue shirt and video camera reflected in the main LCD as the originator - I'll leave it up to you to figure out what else he did wrong).

    I spoke to the real VE7RRB on the phone last night and he isn't selling any radios (and has been away from the hobby so long he had forgotten he still had that callsign).

    This is getting pretty damn sophisticated so its fair to assume that anything is now fair game and you should not take anything you are shown at face-value.
  10. WE4E

    WE4E Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very nice....


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