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Old 05-17-2018, 03:54 PM
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I posted a WTB for a transparent roof in the classifieds here and he inquired. He offered it for $1,000 shipped off his ZO6. He wanted to pay with google pay and I'm not super familiar with it but everything looked legit. He even sent a pic of a piece of paper with his screen name on the roof proving that he had the roof in his possession. I sent him the money via google pay and he kept texting me still that the roof was going to be shipped out then he just went silent. He's located in LA apparently. Name is Kelly Brooks per is Google pay account but I'm sure that's bogus.

What can I do to get my money back? I immediately opened a fraud claim before the charge even went through with google but they've been no help up to this point... Same with my bank.

Here is his profile
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...brooksz07.html

Here is the conversation below...




























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Old 05-17-2018, 03:58 PM
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I posted a WTB for a transparent roof in the classifieds here and he inquired. He offered it for $1,000 shipped off his ZO6. He wanted to pay with google pay and I'm not super familiar with it but everything looked legit. He even sent a pic of a piece of paper with his screen name on the roof proving that he had the roof in his possession. I sent him the money via google pay and he kept texting me still that the roof was going to be shipped out then he just went silent. He's located in LA apparently. Name is Kelly Brooks per google pay but I'm sure that's bogus.

What can I do to get my money back? I immediately opened a fraud claim before the charge even went through with google but they've been no help up to this point... Same with my bank.

Here is his profile
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...brooksz07.html

Here is the conversation below...




























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Old 05-17-2018, 04:02 PM
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is the phone number any good?

start finding any info/posts/etc you can
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Originally Posted by dmaxx3500 View Post
is the phone number any good?

start finding any info/posts/etc you can
I've called it from about 5 different #s, it just always goes to voice mail. I have all message documentation from CF. I've got everything.
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call the local police department in his town. .
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phone comes up to

1.irvne,ca
2.brea,ca


also get on the west coast forum,and maybe some one out there ,can drive by,

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Originally Posted by Thunder22 View Post
call the local police department in his town. .
Originally Posted by dmaxx3500 View Post
phone comes up to

1.irvne,ca
2.brea,ca


also get on the west coast forum,and maybe some one out there ,can drive by,
Thanks guys! Any other suggestions, I'm all ears!
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Sorry for your misfortune! The first thing I always do is look at the history of the seller. This seller only been a member less than a month and 2 weeks to be exact and only two posts and that will always be my warning sign to beware.

The forum I believe have sent me notices or warnings when I pm with new members to be careful.

Good Luck and I wish you the best in recovering and thanks for sharing.


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Old 05-17-2018, 04:35 PM
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Can you cancel the Google Pay?
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^^^ I agree with above after getting hit on a motor in here yrs ago I don't buy from a newbie at all. SORRY about your lose. If you paid by card go back on it.. Robert
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Contact Google Pay - Im guessing but there has to be a way for them to track where the money went, and how to handle folks that scam others.

I also agree, call the police in his local area. I did that years ago to a guy who took me for $6500 on EBay - they showed up and miraculously he was able to "find" the money he owed me. The cops watched him wire me the money or they were taking him to jail...pretty powerful when you cant be there to handle yourself.

Sad that is how some people are today...sorry this happened to you. Good luck!
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Damn...I looked at his profile and he had joined the forum less than a month. I also noticed that he only had two posts and no thank you's.

I have bought lots of things here on the forum and never had a problem, but after reading your back and forth with him it sound legit. Does Google Pay have any info on him in the system like PayPal does.
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If its on your credit card call them, How did you pay google?
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Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post
Contact Google Pay - Im guessing but there has to be a way for them to track where the money went, and how to handle folks that scam others.

I also agree, call the police in his local area. I did that years ago to a guy who took me for $6500 on EBay - they showed up and miraculously he was able to "find" the money he owed me. The cops watched him wire me the money or they were taking him to jail...pretty powerful when you cant be there to handle yourself.

Sad that is how some people are today...sorry this happened to you. Good luck!
This is my advice as well. Local PDs are becoming more and more savvy with cyber crimes. Id reach out to them and hope that the address given is legit. On a side note, with th4 paper trail you have, seems like a lot of trouble for $1k (on their part)
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Sorry to hear about your issues. Be persistent and you should be able to get your money back at least. Did Google Pay open up a dispute for you on this? It should be fairly straight forward to get your funds back if no tracking info was provided and seller can't show that it was shipped/rec'd by you.
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Sorry to be “ that guy” but the seller has been on this forum for 2 posts and you give him a grand? I do hope you get your money back.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by JJLAI724 View Post
Can you cancel the Google Pay?
I tried to cancel it within 2 days of all this happening and Google couldn't do anything until it posted from my account. I'm working with them too trying to get this recovered.

Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post
Contact Google Pay - Im guessing but there has to be a way for them to track where the money went, and how to handle folks that scam others.

I also agree, call the police in his local area. I did that years ago to a guy who took me for $6500 on EBay - they showed up and miraculously he was able to "find" the money he owed me. The cops watched him wire me the money or they were taking him to jail...pretty powerful when you cant be there to handle yourself.

Sad that is how some people are today...sorry this happened to you. Good luck!
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If its on your credit card call them, How did you pay google?
Apparently Google pay only allows you to pay through a debit card and no credit card. I'm working with my bank to but I I'm not sure if they're going to be able to do anything.

Originally Posted by Big Lebowski View Post
This is my advice as well. Local PDs are becoming more and more savvy with cyber crimes. Id reach out to them and hope that the address given is legit. On a side note, with th4 paper trail you have, seems like a lot of trouble for $1k (on their part)
thank you for the advice I'll certainly do that!
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Sorry to be that guy but the seller has been on this forum for 2 posts and you give him a grand? I do hope you get your money back.
multiple people were messaging me about the roof and I got mixed up and thought he was 1 that had over 200 post. I didn't realize it until middle of last week
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Originally Posted by KGrant View Post
Sorry for your misfortune! The first thing I always do is look at the history of the seller. This seller only been a member less than a month and 2 weeks to be exact and only two posts and that will always be my warning sign to beware.

The forum I believe have sent me notices or warnings when I pm with new members to be careful.

Good Luck and I wish you the best in recovering and thanks for sharing.

Multiple people were messaging me about the roof and I got mixed up which one he was and I thought he was a member that had over 200 post. Normally I would never buy something from someone with such a new profile. I didn't realize it till middle of last week after I already paid.
Originally Posted by robert miller View Post
^^^ I agree with above after getting hit on a motor in here yrs ago I don't buy from a newbie at all. SORRY about your lose. If you paid by card go back on it.. Robert
unfortunately Google pay only allows debit cards and no credit cards so I'm currently working with the fraud department of my bank to see if they can reverse it also.

Originally Posted by Bob Beroza View Post
Damn...I looked at his profile and he had joined the forum less than a month. I also noticed that he only had two posts and no thank you's.

I have bought lots of things here on the forum and never had a problem, but after reading your back and forth with him it sound legit. Does Google Pay have any info on him in the system like PayPal does.
I have a dispute and claim already set up with Google pay hoping for a response back from them soon. I'll update this thread once I get a response back. He seemed very legit and very persuasive.

Originally Posted by Tort View Post
Sorry to hear about your issues. Be persistent and you should be able to get your money back at least. Did Google Pay open up a dispute for you on this? It should be fairly straight forward to get your funds back if no tracking info was provided and seller can't show that it was shipped/rec'd by you.
yes I did open a dispute with Google pay on this. I've already told Google pay I doubt he has replied to any correspondence from them and if so why can't they just reverse this. I'm going to keep trying and I'm not going to give up!
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He probably waited a couple days for your debit to be transferred to his account and then started ignoring you.
ALWAYS use a credit card.... It's so much easier to dispute.
I'll avoid anything that isn't paypal like venmo, google pay, etc just because paypal disputes are much easier to file.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:12 PM
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I feel you. This guy tried to scam me too.

I also posted a WTB targa top ad. He responded with some pics that I later found were taken from a seller on eBay. I called him out on that and things went south. He started calling me a scammer. LOL. Oddly enough, all the responses he made on my WTB ad have been mysteriously erased.

Like you, he wanted me to pay with Google Pay. He went into this long soliloquy about how Google Pay is more secure than PayPal, blah blah, blah. I bet he copies and pastes his Google Pay vs. PayPal rant to all potential victims.

And as a heads up, posting a piece of paper next to the item for sale doesn't indicate the seller has the item. I think you can use Photoshop to pull off this imagery.

I reported him to forum moderator Steven Bell. I suggest you do the same so that another forum member won’t become subject to his scams.

Good luck with getting your $$$$ back.

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