Anatomy of an Internet Scam at QRZ

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

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  1. KN2X

    KN2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am a new ham but have bought plenty on the internet over the years. Just wanted to say thanks to Fred and the community for keeping an eye out for everyone, that's what I like about this site. Recently purchased my first HF rig used from a ham, who I verified by talking to, and it worked out great for both of us. Thanks again for providing a great forum.
  2. KK6GMN

    KK6GMN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great read. Read it out loud to my wife. She loved your work. She does this exact thing with lots of folks just for the fun of string scammers on and playing with them. If you ever need someone to help on these sort of stings, my wife is your girl!
  3. N7ZAL

    N7ZAL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great post and a great service.
  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    You are amazing.

    Chip W1YW
  5. KA0GOA

    KA0GOA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for following up with this scammer and sharing. You've helped us all be more aware as to how they operate. The internet is a wonderful thing, but the biggest scam we used to have to worry about 30+ years ago in ham radio was if the post office in the DX country would steal your IRC's when QSL-ing. We've come a long way, but we are lot wiser in 2014. -- 73 -- Dave, KA0GOA
  6. N9LCD

    N9LCD XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Fred, great!

    You should have asked him for the miracle "cancel" cure they gave him. Obviously it wasn't HOT Pb.

    I hope you'll forward the "faked" passport to the Feds. I'm sure they'd enjoy catching up with this jerk.
  7. N6JRZ

    N6JRZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    And this is why I refuse to deal with strangers when it come to radio gear. I only sell and buy from folks I have personally known for at least 10 years. You'll never, ever see an ad or an offer from this Ham on any for sale site be it here on QRZ or Ebay or whatever!!! Been burned once, and refuse to be burned again!!
  8. N4BKT

    N4BKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for taking the time to do this Fred-- I hope folks heed your advice.
  9. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Appears that you missed something in the story.Radio Mart posted the picture & was not the person he was communicating with & does have their own web site & page on Facebook.Maybe I missed something as well but I did not see where this was an ebay sale so what does one have to do with the other?

  10. N4MRW

    N4MRW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the heads up on this guy. Yeah, once I saw the passport and DL card I thought "did someone actually pay money for this"...moreover I was laughing my head off at the bad editing. There are a lot of scams out there that are not published because 1: People don't realize it's a con, or 2: They are afraid to admit that they got had. Reminds me of a story I read where the scammer and 'target' were in a long email chain. Kicker was that the 'target' was "Capt James T KirK, USS Enterprise". Scammer did not realize who James T Kirk was :)

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