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Old 01-31-2017, 11:39 AM
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There are people out there who would take advantage of our tendency to believe everybody is as fair and honest as we would be in an online transaction.

We’ve had some recent examples of people registering for the purpose of scamming others by “selling” parts that don’t exist.

A few have included the added twist of hijacking user IDs by including a link that tricks you into believing you are logging into the Forum and, thus, recording for the scammer your user ID and password. Then, they sell bogus stuff using your user ID to people who think it must be legitimate because you have tenure and a good reputation on the site.

To avoid problems, consider these suggestions:
  • Don’t follow links sent by people you don’t know.
  • Don’t give anybody your password. There is no legitimate reason for anybody to ask for it.
  • Don't post your email address or phone number in threads. If you do, scammers can harvest the information and bypass the site to contact you directly to avoid sanctions or oversight.
  • Be wary of deals that sound too good to be true.
  • Exercise caution in dealing with newly registered users with no track record.
  • Ask a lot of questions. Ambiguous answers should raise a red flag.
  • Ask for pictures of the parts being sold. If the item/s don’t exist, you won’t get a picture or you’ll get a generic image stolen from the Internet that probably doesn’t match what you need.
  • If at all possible, inspect the items in person. If that’s not possible, ask if there is another Forum user in the area that can inspect them for you.
  • Check references. Who on the Forum has the seller done business with in the past? Did they have a good experience?
  • Search the Transactions Feedback section for complaints.
  • Pay for any item using PayPal and/or a credit card so you’ll have some recourse on a charge-back if a problem arises. Note, however, if you designate the PayPal payment to "friends and family" and they determine it was for goods and services, no protection is afforded.
  • Run if someone insists you pay by money order or some other means that doesn’t allow you to recover your money if you don’t get the item you were trying to purchase.
If you are contacted by someone you believe is suspicious, report it to a moderator/administrator. The scammers like to monitor WTB threads and will PM those who have posted to say they have the parts the user said he needed. If you list a phone number or an email address, the scammer may contact you in that manner.


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Old 02-05-2017, 05:34 PM
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Surely all of you know not to fall for the scam where somebody sends you a check for more than your asking price and then asks you to send them the difference after deducting a small amount for your trouble. Anytime you see a request like that, it is a scam.

Also, the scammer/s referenced in the first post have been telling potential customer his PayPal isn't working and to send him the money via Moneygram. Don't do it. Once the money is sent, you are stuck whether you get the item you purchased of not.
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Also be aware that scammers sometimes hijack the user IDs of others and attempt to use PMs to scam others on parts sales.

Typically, they do that by sending you a malicious link that allows them to record your user ID and password. So, use caution in clicking on links sent to you, particularly by people you don't know. And don't provide your user ID and password to anyone.

A recent example reported here and other automotive sites is someone using the email address [email protected].
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A recent example of the above-referenced scam involved the hijacking of the user ID of DocHorton and then using it to offer parts via PM.
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Has anyone had any issues with a Forum Member called LDPPS? List himself as an "emerging Vendor" whatever that means. He has a lot of items listed. I bought a set of tires from him and sent money via PAYPAL 11/28. I still do not have a tracking number. He has given me a couple excuses about being in the hospital. He said he would ship tires by today but I just texted him and he said he just got out of eye doctor and eyes were partially swollen shut. I don;t know if I am being scammed or if this is legit. Any thoughts anyone????
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Hospital and then eye doctor? Sounds suspicious. Regardless, no reason he couldn't ship Friday.
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