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Reporting a seller for Fraud or Scam Transactions

Started by EdRaff, 09/30/2018 02:33AM
Posted 01/29/2019 12:28PM #10
Morgan Simpson, fraudulent poster for CN-212 has another add for a EThos 21mm, 446532,  he or she does not give up
Posted 01/29/2019 11:15PM | Edited 01/30/2019 10:40PM #11
Originally Posted by Thomas Fischer
Morgan Simpson, fraudulent poster for CN-212 has another add for a EThos 21mm, 446532,  he or she does not give up
 Thanks for the heads up Thomas!  

I have a great idea,  lets see just how legit this "Morgan Simpson" is.  According to Facebook, it says she is 26 years old, has a few kids, and  MyLife .com says she holds several email accounts. uses  area code is 225 ,  which coincides with the Baton Rouge, LA .  Area. 
The interesting correlation with my previous  scam experience was  the fraudulent user posed  as a female. .   after finding out some info,  I made an offer to purchase  fairly. with Cash.

I responded to that ad with an offer to purchase,  "Simpson"  replied to my offsite email only stating they accepted my offer.  I replied on the Astromart site  and confirmed "Simpson's" acceptance of my cash offer, and told them since I was close by,  I could pick up the unit directly smile .   "Simpson" asked my location.  I replied I was less than an hour away from their location in LA.  I also asked to keep the conversation on Astromart website to keep things Legit.   and    I have  received no responses since... I  made 2 appeals to see if they would rather send the item than have it picked up.  and still no replies.

another key factor in the "Simpson" responses,  poor use/application of the English language.    

Update: after 24 hours, the user "Simpson" has not responded to any correspondence Ive sent.  
Posted 02/04/2019 12:32PM #12
Hi All,

I believe this

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astromart-classifieds/telescope-refractor/show/stellarvue-sv115-t-20

is the same person.

They also requested Amazon gift cards, but eventually sent paypal money request. The item was marked as shipped, but no tracking number, no real name and no address on the account.

I have reported them to Paypal. It was an "official" transaction (pay for goods) with specific Astromart ad reference, so I should be protected.

Hopefully not too many people "ordered" this item.
Posted 02/04/2019 10:07PM #13
Originally Posted by Ilya Kachkovskiy
Hi All,

I believe this

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astromart-classifieds/telescope-refractor/show/stellarvue-sv115-t-20

is the same person.

They also requested Amazon gift cards, but eventually sent paypal money request. The item was marked as shipped, but no tracking number, no real name and no address on the account.

I have reported them to Paypal. It was an "official" transaction (pay for goods) with specific Astromart ad reference, so I should be protected.

Hopefully not too many people "ordered" this item.
Ilya,  it looks like the ad has been removed.   Do you remember What/who was the user name who posted that Ad? 

In the future, if  anyone in the user group should make a contact with a seller offering goods / or services that appear suspect,  you are welcome to post their user names here, and likewise , take a moment send an email to support@astromart.com  to let them know as well.  Most recently some members have been successful at identifying and ejecting these frauds who attempt to rip off our community.

It is going to take a team effort to identify and expell the fraud users, It is my hope that all will join in and perhaps  establish a  "neighborhood watch"  to  illuminate the bad actors  and  get them ejected. or at least flagged by the Astromart team to the point where they cannot attempt to rip off this great and long established astronomy community.  

If any user who feels they have made contact with a fraud,  do not hesitate to submit a report,  and likewise, list or mention the user names on this thread too.
Best Regards to all, 
Ed
Posted 02/05/2019 12:49AM #14
Originally Posted by Ed Rafferty

Do you remember What/who was the user name who posted that Ad? 

In the future, if  anyone in the user group should make a contact with a seller offering goods / or services that appear suspect,  you are welcome to post their user names here, and likewise , take a moment send an email to support@astromart.com  to let them know as well.  Most recently some members have been successful at identifying and ejecting these frauds who attempt to rip off our community.
Hi Ed,

His name was "Mikayla solov", located in Port Allen, LA (same location as one of the previous scams, according to this thread). He was selling Stellarvue SV115 T-20 triplet (the one in blue casing).

I reported him to support@astromart.com before my first message, which is probably what had his ad removed.
Posted 02/15/2019 04:30PM #15
Looks like that fraudster continues activity. I haven't contacted anybody, just noticed, but be careful!

Chris Griff, Member since 02/15/2019 from Port Allen, LA, zero feedback

As of 02/15/2019 03:19PM posted Ad 448333, Pentax XW 40mm eyepiece, $450.00...  (to me the price looks too good to be true, doesn't it?) 

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astromart-classifieds/eyepieces/show/pentax-xw40-448333
Posted 02/16/2019 04:11AM #16
I was scammed by this person...sent money via paypal and paypal is taking care of it for me...!

Everyone please be careful of this scam artist...!

Amy Simmonds
Posted 02/18/2019 08:18AM #17
Originally Posted by Amy Simonds
I was scammed by this person...sent money via paypal and paypal is taking care of it for me...!

Everyone please be careful of this scam artist...!

Amy Simmonds
Thanks Amy for the heads up.  What was the Name of the  Fraudulent  Seller?   
Posted 02/22/2019 09:40AM #18
Originally Posted by Thomas Fischer
Morgan Simpson, fraudulent poster for CN-212 has another add for a EThos 21mm, 446532,  he or she does not give up
I also communicated with Simpson about the Ethos 21. They would not respond to a question about the glass and the price was too low. A second person's name was mentioned and then PayPal was to be sent to yet another person. The language was slightly stilted, too. 
Posted 03/02/2019 05:28AM #19
Paypal was very helpful. At the day of my last message, I submitted a paypal claim (because it became very clear that I'm not getting the item). Normally, there is a certain time before the claim escalates, to give the seller a chance. I called Paypal and explained that they can wait but it should be clear for them by now that this person is a scammer, so it may be safer to close him now (who knows what kind of cash out plan he has). They agreed and escalated, the claim was closed the same day. The guy appealed, and the appeal was denied next day. He tried to add some gibberish as a tracking number.

I've spotted a few similar ads later. I was wondering how they are getting the photos. In both cases, there was an ad for a similar (rare) item. One possibility is that they ask the seller privately for more photos, and make a new fake ad based on them. Anyway, I emailed these thoughts to admins, I clearly do not have enough data to say for sure.