Discussion in 'Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-Offs' started by WB2JIX, Jan 24, 2018.
Well done, Sir!
Still doesn't change the fact I am still looking for an Icom ID-1. Hahaha Oh well. Maybe I'll wait on the 9700.
This guy, AKA Tom Mahoney, tried to scam me too by trying to sell me an SB-200, which was sold by W7ERF on Jan.17, 2018. He is using the email address W0TSM166@gmail.com.
Scammers have many throwaway email addresses so when one is closed they'll use the next one they have. Looks like they added a 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org that must have been closed. They way google spies on us you would think they would pick up the patterns of scammers.
When I was discussing this issue with PayPal they confirmed that the "w0tsm16" email was shut down. They have a pretty good idea where the scam is coming from and it's not in the U.S. And I agree, Google should be able to figure out the pattern of this guy. Problem is they probably see this a lot...which sucks.
Yeah, he's tried to scam me as well with the sale of a PalStar AT5K tuner. I mentioned interest in buying such a tuner on a legitimate For Sale posting on QRZ and the scammer sent me an e-mail offering the same tuner for a better price. He just contacted me today to determine whether I was still interested.
He's now using email@example.com
I refuse to purchase anything from people who do not have matching e-mail addresses to that listed on their QRZ page, or a missing e-mail address on their site.
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, 12:49:51 PM CST, Tom Mahoney <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Are you still interested
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30:12 AM CST, Tom Mahoney <email@example.com> wrote:
I have for sale a Palstar at5k tuner in a perfect working condition. Comes with manual, shipping box and power cable . Asking $570 shipped. Let me know if you are interested.
The scammer is taking previously posted AD photos and manipulating them with Photoshop. Then the photo(s) are e-mailed to the potential victim as proof of ownership and condition. Since I am a terrible person, I had the scammer do some "free" Photoshop work for us .
Enjoy the photo comparison...same photo, different callsigns!! BEWARE - the quality of the forgery is pretty damn good!
Serge Zoruba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Feb 11 at 9:17 AM
Below is a documented attempt to defraud. Scammer took a previously posted photo of an item from a legitimate seller and erased his Amateur Radio call sign and used a different person's call sign instead. He is impersonating another Amateur Radio Operator and has successfully scammed others of thousands of dollars via PayPal.
Please Google 'W0TSM" and you can read about his exploits.
Kindly deactivate his e-mail address after investigating and confirming the information provided.
I’m seeing more and more ads like that. Looks too fake. That pic is from a 2015 ad. They’re going back to old ads so images not fresh in everyone’s mind. I only see one photo.
You can often see evidence of the photoshop if you enlarge the image by a significant amount. Also you can do a Google Image Search to see if the same image has been posted elsewhere, this method is very effective.