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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. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's the ticket remove that last brain cell and he won't be a bother to anybody. ;)
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  2. N7KFD

    N7KFD Ham Member QRZ Page

    So is the FTDX-9000 still for sale? $6200 sounds like a good deal! lol
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  3. KD2GHL

    KD2GHL XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you for this article , I will do my best to send my friends to the QRZ website , as I have already , but when this is widely read, you will have helped so many more people understand how serious this problem is.

  4. N9APD

    N9APD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice work, Fred - and thanks for sharing it!

    73 Alan N9APD
  5. KO3Q

    KO3Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    These scams are moving on shore now too. On another site, I had a guy post from a US location and even provided a US phone number.

    When I spoke to him, his off shore accent did not match the profile of the ham from Iowa who I later located and warned.

    I asked him a very simple question that any ham would know and he failed it. You have to do this on the phone or they will google it.
  6. N6FOG

    N6FOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is the reverse of the scam that sellers were getting hit with a while ago, where they would list a piece of equipment, the scammer would send a cashier's check for an amount far and above the amount of the purchase, and the scammer would tell the seller to send the remainder of the money to some odd address. The cashier's checks would obviously be fake, so the seller would be out the equipment and the cash.

    My personal selling policy is PayPal, Cash on Delivery, or your check is held for 21 days or until it clears the bank, and only then does the merchandise ship.
  7. WB0MMZ

    WB0MMZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you Fred,
    Ham radio is supposed to be fun, but guys like this are taking the fun out of it. l had a microphone for sale and a guy bought it using the name and call of a ham that l actually know! l, like you played along. Long story short, l was "overpaid". l was sent a cashiers check for $1400.56 for a $40 mic. l was supposed to cash it and send the balance to him as his "secretary" wrote it for the wrong amount. lt is now proudly displayed in my ham shack.
    Thanks again for all you do Fred.
  8. W4FJT

    W4FJT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Let me join in and add my thanks. I have been lucky to have purchased from great fellow operators on this site.

    Another reminder that as "hams," for the most part we are a self policing group.

    73, Jim W4FJT
  9. K6EHO

    K6EHO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dear Fred, Top Notch Job! That's the way to follow through. Thank You for sharing all of the details from this scam. Now those of use who have never purchased used equipment have a better idea of what to look out for. Please keep us up to date with the Law Enforcement effort to catch this person or persons. Much Respect, John.
  10. VP9KS

    VP9KS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are we sure the perp was male? There are some pretty shady women out there too!!

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