Suspicious reply to for sale from “W2CQM”

Discussion in 'Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-Offs' started by WO2X, Nov 14, 2019.

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  1. WO2X

    WO2X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I posted an item for sale on QTH

    Received a reply from someone claiming to be Ron Lumachi, W2CQM. The IP address shows reply from California but FCC database and QRZ show he lives in PA. Also email I received is from but does not match the email listed on QRZ.

    First response is “Hello, you still have this?” Not mentioning the item

    I reply it is still available. I also give more details about the ad.

    A couple of days later he replies “Hello , How are you doing ? Im sorry for the late respond ...What is the condition? Are you firm on the price? Willing to pay your asking price but Im more concerned about the condition since Im not a local buyer. I do hope the condition is as you have stated and the item”

    He never finished last sentence.

    I reply with link to pictures.

    Here is where it gets real fishy.

    He replies “Hi ,Okay I'm willing to add an extra $50 for you to reserve it in my favor.. And I'll be mailing a Company check for the payment, and once the bank posts the fund, which shouldn't take more than a day, I'll arrange for the shipping. Let me have your name and address so that I can arrange for the payment.”

    so, he’ll most likely send a bad check, have his shipper pick up equipment, and I’ll be out the money.

    I am going to pass on his offer. Not worth the risk with all the red flags.

    i figure I would post this in case he tries to scam someone else.

    Another data point. He mentions sending me a “Company check” (notice he capitalized company. The real Ron Lumachi is 82 yrs young.

    Dave wo2x
  2. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sounds like a boilerplate scam to me too.
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  3. NZ4X

    NZ4X XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    "I am going to pass on his offer. Not worth the risk with all the red flags."

    Yes that is a very good idea.
  4. NZ4X

    NZ4X XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Coincidentally I just now received the same exact email from the same scammer just after I responded to this ad. I guess he is busy tonight surfing the for sale ads.
  5. KT3LZY

    KT3LZY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Got the same....told him to f@#k off!
    AJ4GQ and NZ4X like this.
  6. AJ4GQ

    AJ4GQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hmmmm. Most of these scamming complaints seem to start with, "I posted an item for sale on QTH".

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  7. WO2X

    WO2X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I confirmed with the real W2CQM that it was indeed a scam. Not hard to find Ron’s real email address.

    decided to reply to the scammer’s last offer of extra $50 to hold it. Here’s my reply.

    Dave wo2x

    My address is good on QRZ or you can send it to my work address

    Pequannock Police Department
    Detective Bureau
    530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
    Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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  8. KT3LZY

    KT3LZY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    We get your point
  9. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Clue: Stilted language with British phrasing and formalities.
  10. N3AB

    N3AB Subscriber QRZ Page

    Got the same email from this clown. I answered his first email, telling him my item was still available.

    Two days later, I got the exact same email that the OP got, right down to his concerns as he was not a local buyer.

    I didn't realize that he was a scammer. I figured him for another stupid tire kicker who was wasting my time. They are plentiful on numerous forums.

    I told the guy that the item in question was sold.

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