Due to a recent chain of events in my response to an ad I made in good faith in the classifieds, I feel it is critical to warn the community of an imminent threat concerning Seller who has no intention of selling the equipment they listed. They instead use fraudulent means in an attempt to goad / bilk a payment from me before making any delivery guarantee of the items offered or allowing any reasonable prepaid shipping arrangements , instead wanting full payment up front. Their identity does not match up,including different email addresses , different paypal accounts, phone texts from out of state phone numbers (New Jersey) other than their listed resident state
my particular experience included the following suspicious activity:
three different paypal account user names used by the seller ,, My paypal account would not honor the payment transfer to the user account first established by the seller. A different paypal account was attempted later. once that too failed,
The member/seller wanted Amazon Gift Cards for the payment. Amazon refused to honor the transaction based on the same suspicious email addresses. Amazon Locked my account citing fraudulent activity.
two different email accounts neither match the Astromart profile
a paypal payment request from an unknown party came to my email. Which the member/seller stated they sent. The request which was again cancelled within minutes,and a subsequent email sent to me by the owner of that account saying they had not initiated the payment request. I received an apology from Paypal.
The seller refused to accept prepaid shipment by Fedex yet they expected me to pay them in advance so they could ship via Fedex.
The user asked repeatedly for Gift cards in 200.00 denominations. refused payment by cashiers check or personal check.
The original ad for the equipment has since been deleted , however they have since relisted pieces of the equipment originally offered.
I feel the community should be made aware. I want think the best of all who participate in Astromart being reputable.
I am grateful to Paypal, Amazon and the private party who took the time to write me and tell me they did not initiate the request for payment.
Ed R. USN Ret, Amateur Astronomer since 1968