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Reporting a seller for Fraud or Scam Transactions

Started by EdRaff, 09/30/2018 02:33AM
Posted 09/30/2018 02:33AM Opening Post
How does a member go about reporting a Non rated seller suspected of conducting fraudulent or scam attempt in a classified ad?
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
(California). 

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.

Sincerely,
Ed R.  USN Ret,   Amateur Astronomer since 1968
Posted 11/09/2018 12:19AM #1
I would report them here as well as sending an email to support@astromart.com detailing the issues.

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Posted 12/10/2018 04:27PM #2
https://astromart.com/users/109739


Ad

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astromart-classifieds/telescope-refractor/show/mint-takahashi-tsa-120


His last reply:

DES MOINES,
IOWA
50321

I would prefer to have this shipped as i wont wait for a couple of days as i did earlier without receiving payment.

I would prefer to receive payment via Paypal and have it shipped to you.
Posted 12/11/2018 11:36PM #3
Originally Posted by David Simper
https://astromart.com/users/109739


Ad

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astromart-classifieds/telescope-refractor/show/mint-takahashi-tsa-120


His last reply:

DES MOINES,
IOWA
50321

I would prefer to have this shipped as i wont wait for a couple of days as i did earlier without receiving payment.

I would prefer to receive payment via Paypal and have it shipped to you.

David, Came here specifically looking for a post on this one. Definitely a scam.  Jimmy Ryan from Des Moines sure does sound All-American but given the various names that ended up associated with this - along with some previous unfortunate experiences on other sites - I'm pretty sure the seller is in Malaysia.  Wonder how many people ended up buying the scope.

Good luck.
Posted 12/12/2018 08:55PM #4
Originally Posted by Adam Lake


David, Came here specifically looking for a post on this one. Definitely a scam.  Jimmy Ryan from Des Moines sure does sound All-American but given the various names that ended up associated with this - along with some previous unfortunate experiences on other sites - I'm pretty sure the seller is in Malaysia.  Wonder how many people ended up buying the scope.

Good luck.

Update 12/12/18 - Tracking # provided by seller and a package has been shipped - from New York, not Des Moines - weight's about right, dimensions totally wrong. Let's change "definitely" above to "maybe", for now. Turning into one of the strangest transactions I've ever experienced in over two decades of online buying and selling, that's for sure. Will update.