Beware of AE6WR

Discussion in 'Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-Offs' started by AD5MD, Oct 9, 2017.

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  1. AD5MD

    AD5MD Ham Member QRZ Page

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    I don't like posting messages of this nature but I believe it is a moral obligation on my part to warn others. Beware, or better yet....DO NOT DEAL with Wendell Paypa, AE6WR. He is a scum bag. There was also a post on the feedback forum on QTH. COM about him but it was too late when I read it. Sad part, I know him personally from waayyyy back and was not expecting him to pull one on me.

    It would be too long of a story if I post everything here. If you want to know all about it send me a message with your email address and I will reply. 73, Ernie AD5MD
  2. WB0MPB

    WB0MPB Ham Member QRZ Page

    As I said the other place you posted this ------
    I do see where allegedly Paypa bought a Kenwood TS 950sdx and the check bounced per the seller KF4TOH in early 2015. This is on QRZ and and
    That is all I found in two pages of Google. There are lots of other hits about him doing other things other than scamming.
    So if that is what he did to you just say it. That way others will know what to look out for. Use what happened to you to help others. The bad thing about what happened to KF4TOH is that he took a check and did not wait for the check to clear before sending his Kenwood to Paypa.
    The only reason I would get on you for getting scammed is if you used Paypal "friend's and family". Other wise you got cheated by a bad man and I don't like thieves very well!!

    So whatever happened I hope you get it worked out somehow.

    John, WB0MPB
  3. AD5MD

    AD5MD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ok is it....

    Item purchased from AE6WR...Heathkit SB-1000 in clean, good working condition as he claimed when I spoke to him over the phone. Pictures sent by him and received by me prior to my overseas trip, price agreed by both parties, $600 shipped (July 22)

    July 31 - payment sent thru PayPal as "friends/family"...yes as friends/family since I know him personally
    - called him same day to notify payment has been sent, he acknowledged and initiated transfer to his account right after we spoke
    - was told the amp will ship in 2 days

    Aug 2 - no advise or any communication from him re: shipment.
    - contacted him several times thru text messaging, phone call, fb response

    Aug 4 - called him again, he finally picked up telling me he is busy and won't be able to ship until after 2 more days

    Aug 6 - still nothing....contacted him again and was told it will ship next day

    Aug 12 - amp received, inspected inside/out...good! No visual damage

    Aug 13 - hooked up the amp.....left powered on, standby for 15 or so minutes.....tuned with 15w to start with.....65w out (hmmm)....used an LP-100A Digital Vector RF Wattmeter....increased drive to 35w....278w...not looking good. rested the key, the grid current meter deflected negative and no output! Indication of grid to filament short! Contacted him right after, took 2 days to keeps rejecting calls and saying subscriber presently not taking calls (go figure that out, fishy). Spoke to him and asked why he was not picking up my calls....was told he was having problems with AT&T, that they messed up his account for 3 weeks now and he is still fighting for it, really???? Anyway I Notified him of the problem.....he denied the amp having a problem, of course.
    I told him to send me a replacement tube. He said yes, he knows someone who has an extra and that he will get it that same night and send it right away. Gave me another number, presumably his office number....and it turned out to be a Magic Jack (who in the hell would have an office using such???) Good, but no.....had to chase him thru calls, text for more than a week only to be told that his friend broke the tube the day he was supposed to pick it up.....lame excuse in my opinion. I told him to just send me the money so I can get it myself and that I will shoulder the shipping so he can save both tax & S/H, fair enough, right?

    Long story short......didn't send it, not until I was forced to call the attention of his wife on her facebook account to tell Wendell to talk to me....still nothing. I then decided to post publicly on his account about the problem and his acts. Started getting calls and text messages from common friends inquiring what happened. I presume he was notified by a common friend about it so he called me and promised he'd send the money thru my paypal account. He did, but as a check payment which of all luck, bounced for non-sufficient funds so I didn't get it. Tried reaching him again for the nth time (tiring and stressful right?)...took days again before I got hold of him and told him his payment bounced. He said it was the banks fault, I just laughed at him and reminded him had he forgotten that I was an Asst. Manager of a large commercial bank before I migrated here, that I know how it works with my eyes closed. He said he cannot afford to send me the remainder but he will work on message to him that I can ue him in a small claims court didn't even fizzle him.....last time I heard from him....Sept. 3!

    To cut it shorter.....from the period Sept 3 'til now......NADA! I have reached out to common friends, even people from his religious church to reach him but didn't work. Until I was told by someone who knows him that He and his family possibly left CA and moved to either TX or TN. That was why he wasn't scared of being sued.

    So by all means I guess I have all the reason to conclude that sad to say, Wendell Paypa, AE6WR, whom I know personally from many years back way before we both migrated a scum bag, con artist!

    It pains me to expose this since he is (was) a friend but as I have earlier mentioned, I consider it my moral obligation to warn others.

    I hope I have satisfied the curiosity of the people who have read my earlier post.

    de Ernie, AD5MD
  4. WB0MPB

    WB0MPB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the update of what happened. I think you considered him a friend but he did not consider you as a friend. A friend would not treat their friend like that as in scamming them.
    That is why Paypal's 2.9% or what ever it is, is good insurance to purchase. I am not sure the percentage is. I just use them and they take their cut and I call it good with what is left. I might use F&F if it was my mom or dad but that is about it.

    Just an FYI to everyone I just read the rules in the Paypal User Agreement and it says ""You may not use the “send money to a friend or family member” feature in your PayPal account when you are paying for goods and services."" So if you are using it (F&F) to buy something even from your mom it is against the rules that the Paypal user agreed to when they signed up for Paypal.
    Paypal.jpg I did not know that until now that "friends and family" is just to send money and not for buying something from a friend or family member. I have never broken the rule as I never use F&F. That is interesting to learn that. I guess a person should actually read the terms of service when you sign up for something instead of just marking "yes I have read the rules".

    So thanks again Ernie for sharing your story with us. I think now we can say that we learned something from your story. I am sorry for you loss but at least now we can learn from it.

    John, WB0MPB
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