[time-nuts] Watch out for a scam by Alex Barski. VE3XAX
xformer at citynet.net
Wed Jun 15 11:33:44 UTC 2011
By the broken English they used in the e-mail, it read like e-mails I've
received from Asia, particully Hong Kong parts suppliers. I would say they
will accept the payment, and forward it on to somebody else. Check the guys
call sign again today, and then a few days later to see if the name on it
doesn't change again. This is not saying the part suppliers there are
scammers, as I have purchased from several with great results, however a
lot of scammers come from there, and hackers.
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On 6/15/2011 at 11:42 AM David Kirkby wrote:
>I advertised on eHam.net and qrz.com that I was looking for a Kenwood
>AT-230 ATU. I got a reply from someone claiming to be Alex Barski from
>Canada with the callsign VE3XAX who has an email address of
>ve3xax at blumail.org. I've no idea if his real name is that, or if he
>holds that callsign, but I'm suspicious.
>This person offered me the ATU for $220 shipped to my house, but there
>were a number of things that make me suspicious this is a scam.
>1) When I checked on QRZ.COM, the address and name did not agree with
>the callsign. The only similarity was they were in Canada. Today when
>I checked, the information agreed.But yesterday they were definitely
>2) When I offered to pay via Paypal, I received this:
>"Thanks for the response to my email David but i am sorry i don't use
>paypal or bank transfer as means of payment due to the instruction
>giving to me by my bank and lawyer but i will entertain any other safe
>and reliable mode of payment. Also what is your full shipping
>information and we can discuss about the payment over the phone, give
>me your number and i will give you a call to talk."
>This immediately made me "smell a rat", but I decided to play along
>and gave him my mobile phone number.
>3) Today he rings me, withholding the number, and says Western Union
>would be a safe method of payment.
>I'm rather sorry I did not play him along a lot longer, but I told him
>the deal was off. I might email him and say I had second thoughts, and
>will string him along for a bit of fun. But basically be aware.
>Today I looked on qrz.com and found others have basically formed the
>same conclusion of this person
>The strange thing is, the other person reporting the scam also played
>along with it. Sometimes these scams can be fun! I think I'll play
>along a bit more too.
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