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    FRAUD Alert!

    If this post is not appropriate, Moderator has right to delete it. But, I wanted everybody to be alerted. The person below read my WANT TO BUY ad in this site and wrote me as below. You should read it from Bottom to Top -

    ************************
    Thanks for your email...I don't have 35mm 1.4..I will be asking $1200
    including shipping and insurance to your doorstep..Let me know if the
    price is OK by you and i will need your shipping address...I felt very
    bad because you think i want to steal your money.I have done several
    deal on the internet and never had a bad one.. I am a citizen of Italy
    that base in Canada ,Here is a Look at my feedback
    http://www.astromart.com/user /profile.asp?user_id=24715&tab=4... and
    also a good member of the Amateur Ham Radio club
    IK8EVE Callsign on QRZCQ - The database for radio hams - BETA I feel so bad .. I am a happily married
    man with two children .. on the website, you will see a picture of me.
    I cannot steal your money .. I feel
    bad and I promise to ship as soon as i receive payment ..OK,I will prefer
    half payment and upon delivery and tested OK,You send me the balance.Hope
    this sound good to you. I have a Facebook account. you can add me or you
    send me a friend request on Facebook is on Facebook.My name Tom
    Mastroberardino. thanks and hope to hear from you soon


    > OK, thank you. I hope you are not offended.
    > Dhruba K Sapkota
    >
    >
    >> Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:36:19 +0100
    >> Subject: Re: Leica R 28/2.8 E55 ROM and 35/1.4 with ROM
    >> From: [email protected]
    >> To: Myself
    >>
    >> Busy at work,I will reply to your email when I get home thanks
    >>
    >> On 7/2/13, myself wrote:
    >> > Dear Tom,What is your id in the GetDpi? I could not find. Also, do you
    >> > have
    >> > ebay id with some nice feedbacks?
    >> > Many thanks for the offer and photos but please let me know your lowest
    >> > price you want to sell the lens for ? You don't have 35mm 1.4 too?
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:20:48 +0100
    >> > Subject: Re: Leica R 28/2.8 E55 ROM and 35/1.4 with ROM
    >> > From: [email protected]
    >> > To: myself
    >> >
    >> > Packet includes: Lens Leica ELMARIT-R 2.8/28 black 11 333 ROM
    >> > Original Leica front and rear capsLeather caseI'll add as new
    >> > Heliopan 55mm Variable Gray ND Filter
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > it is in good condition and work perfectly well....Look clean and
    >> > excellent..very solid and clean..Let me know how much you willing to
    >> > offer
    >> > including shipping and insurance to your doorstep..I will need your
    >> > shipping address for delivery..My mode of payment is via Bank
    >> > transfer,Paypal or moneygram..let me know which one you prefer and i
    >> > will
    >> > send you my details for payment thanks and hope to hear from you soon
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 5:49 AM, Myself wrote:
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Sorry! That user has specified that they do not wish to receive emails.
    >> > If
    >> > you still wish to send an email to this user, please contact the
    >> > administrator and they may be able to help.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > When I try to send you an email using the forum, I get message as
    >> > above.Anyway, thanks for contacting me and yes can you give me the
    >> > details
    >> > on the lenses with the pictures of both and your selling price?
    >> >
    >> > Thanking you again.
    >> >
    >> > Dhruba K Sapkota
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >> Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 02:04:46 +0000
    >> >> To: Myself, have removed my email
    >> >
    >> >> From: [email protected]
    >> >> Subject: Leica R 28/2.8 E55 ROM and 35/1.4 with ROM
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> This is a message from gear64 at The GetDPI Photography Forums (
    >> >> The GetDPI Photography Forums - Powered by vBulletin ). The The GetDPI Photography Forums
    >> >> owners
    >> >> cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >> To email gear64, you can use this online form:
    >> >> http://www.getdpi.com/forum/sendmess...member&u=17263
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >> OR, by email:
    >> >> mailto:[email protected]
    >> >>
    >> >> This is the message:
    >> >>
    >> >> Do you still have interest in buying this item?let me know if you are
    >> >> still interested and i will email you more details as soon as i hear
    >> >> from
    >> >> you
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >> Tom from Canada
    >> >

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    "I am a happily married man with two children .. on the website, you will see a picture of me." LoL

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Have a look at the top right side of the website he gave with his bio - IK8EVE Callsign on QRZCQ - The database for radio hams - BETA
    it is very clear he just created that kind of blog today - 2013-07-03 to befool me, ha ha ha.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    this person sent similar pm to me. thanks for reporting fraud alert.

    This is a message from gear64 at The GetDPI Photography Forums ( The GetDPI Photography Forums - Powered by vBulletin ). The The GetDPI Photography Forums owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

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    This is the message:

    Do you still have interest in buying this item?let me know if you are still interested and i will email you more details as soon as i hear from you

    Tom from Sweden

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Gear64 contacted me claiming to be "Tom from Sweden" about selling me lighting equipment (from the same email address as you have listed...) quite the world traveler I guess.

    Anyways, yeah it seems like a total scam

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by Albino_BlacMan View Post
    Gear64 contacted me claiming to be "Tom from Sweden" about selling me lighting equipment (from the same email address as you have listed...) quite the world traveler I guess.

    Anyways, yeah it seems like a total scam
    Interesting, I was not the only person to be contacted by him to defraud then.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    You need AT LEAST two kids for me to buy from someone from an internet forum. Happily married is optional.
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    maybe it's time to start a thread that says "possible fraud alert" Be aware of this person or anything close to this type message here at this forum... watch for email or texts. There are some obvious points of alarm in this discussion. I won't discuss them though, because I do not want to help fraud numnuts to become better at what they do.

    Canada or Italy via Nigeria maybe...

    I would add to that scam alert thread, a couple of web sites that are suspicious.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    So do we have at least 2 formal complaints here .
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Guy, make that 3 formal complaints.

    He contacted me saying he was Tom from Canada offering to sell me a Fuji X100s. I asked where in Canada, since I'm doing a road trip through Canada so I might be able to grab it locally. He ignored the question, sent me pictures of an X100. I've told him no thanks, since it looked fishy.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    You will not be receiving e-mails through the forum any more from gear64. Also folks use the report to moderator as that goes to all of the mods. We just get to stuff faster that way.

    Thanks everyone
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    just don't be too naive to think the problem is really fixed. These people just move to another IP block, and get a new username, and it's back to the business of trying to defraud unsuspecting individuals. NEVER let your guard down. If you do, you might just be scammed. Food for thought.

    Another angle they use is to crack passwords on accounts that are inactive, then suddenly you think you are dealing with one person, but in reality, it's not them at all-

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I am wondering why my post (fraud alert of this person) was not shown here.

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    Verrrry interesting !!

    I have had a message from the same email address, offering to sell me a Typ 240 that I had put a WTB ad for. However, this person signed their name s "Tom from Sweden". This was last week. And, of course, I would be expected to send them the money by Bank transfer etc, not Paypal.
    I am not suggesting that the person who communicated with me is committing any fraud, but the whole thing is a bit too suspicious....

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Got this response from jose1 The GetDPI Photography Forums - View Profile: jose1 in response to my WTB Mamiya RZ thread
    Jose Manuel <[email protected]>
    9:35 AM (10 hours ago)




    to me

    Thanks for your email..I have attached pictures for you to view...it
    is in good condition and work perfectly well....Look clean and
    excellent..let me know how much you are willing to offer including
    shipping and insurance to your doorstep..I will need your shipping
    address for delivery..My mode of payment is via bank transfer or
    Western Union,please let me know the one you prefer and i will send you
    my details for payment thanks and hope to hear from you soon

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    Got this response from jose1 The GetDPI Photography Forums - View Profile: jose1 in response to my WTB Mamiya RZ thread
    Jose Manuel <[email protected]>
    9:35 AM (10 hours ago)




    to me

    Thanks for your email..I have attached pictures for you to view...it
    is in good condition and work perfectly well....Look clean and
    excellent..let me know how much you are willing to offer including
    shipping and insurance to your doorstep..I will need your shipping
    address for delivery..My mode of payment is via bank transfer or
    Western Union,please let me know the one you prefer and i will send you
    my details for payment thanks and hope to hear from you soon
    Funny, that. It is identical- almost word for word- to the one I received. Nice when you can run off multiple copies of a response, and offer to sell whatever someone wants to buy ! It certainly smells funny, but who knows ? Maybe the seller owns a Camera store...

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I too got a PM response from jose1 (in Spain) very recently (a newly registered member), to a WTB ad I posted. The discussion didn't get as far as to prompt a response like those posted above, but right off the bat, something didn't seem right and when I stated which version of the item I desired, the communication quickly ended.

    So unfortunate these things happen, yet at the same time it's wonderful to have such a nice community here that keeps others informed of possible situations of wrong doing and are willing to share their experiences.

    Dave (D&A)
    Last edited by D&A; 4th July 2013 at 07:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srtiwari View Post
    Funny, that. It is identical- almost word for word- to the one I received. Nice when you can run off multiple copies of a response, and offer to sell whatever someone wants to buy ! It certainly smells funny, but who knows ? Maybe the seller owns a Camera store...
    Haha
    It must be a multi-national store...
    Tom was in Canada, Jose was in Spain.

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    Talking Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Tom is also in Sweden as he has offered to sell me a Phase or Mamiya AF 120 lens.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I've gotten the same response from a WTB ad as well from Tom ... he first said that he only took money gram or bank deposit and when I said no, he gave the same response:


    Thanks for your email..I understand and we can also use Paypal because
    it provide more security,I felt very bad because you think i want to
    steal your money.I have done several deal on the internet and never
    had a bad one.. I am a citizen of Italy that base in Sweden ,Here is a
    Look at my feedback http://www.astromart.com/user
    /profile.asp?user_id=24715&tab=4... and also a good member of the
    Amateur Ham Radio club IK8EVE Callsign on QRZCQ - The database for radio hams - BETA I feel so bad .. I
    am a happily married man with two children .. on the website, you will
    see a picture of me. I cannot steal your money .. I feel
    bad and I promise to ship as soon as i receive payment ..OK,I will prefer
    half payment and upon delivery and tested OK,You send me the balance.Hope
    this sound good to you. I have a Facebook account. you can add me or you
    send me a friend request on Facebook is on Facebook.My name Tom
    Mastroberardino. thanks and hope to hear from you soon

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I too received similar PMs in the past in response to WTS/WTB threads here.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    If it looks fishy it very well might be fishy.
    Use care folks please.
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by gzy View Post
    I am wondering why my post (fraud alert of this person) was not shown here.
    Because all new posts from new members are held until a moderator releases it.
    This goes away after awhile
    -bob
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Back in early April in response to my WTB for a DP1M... he sent me this after I noticed his 1st post was a PM to me and I asked for some references.

    To be honest I was not suspicious but just did not want to go through with a buy from someone with no history here, on FM or LuLa.

    If an Admin wants to email me I'll forward the email address. I don't have the PM any more and don't recall his GDPI moniker. I don't think it was any of the above.

    Mike

    ooooo

    Thanks for your email...I feel very bad because you think i want to
    steal your money .... I have done several deal on the internet and
    never had a bad one.. I am a citizen of Belgium that base in Sweden
    ,Here is a Look at my feedback
    http://www.astromart.com/users/profi...id=24715&tab=4 ...
    and also a good member of the Amateur Ham Radio club http:/ /
    qrzcq.com/call/ON6QZ I feel so bad .. I am a happily married man with
    two children .. on the website, you will see a picture of me. I can
    not steal your money .. I feel bad and I promise to ship as soon as i
    receive payment .... I have a Facebook account. you can add me or you
    send me a friend request on Facebook is on Facebook.

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    The most wonderful part of a community like GetDPI or rff is that 'Tom from wherever' will now have to take his 'Business' to another planet !

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    If only it were so. Like a virus he's likely to transform and reappear after awhile with a new identity. The potential pickings are too rich here for him not to so it's down to us to be vigilant and report suspicious activity like Dhruba has in this thread.

    Pete.
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    There has been a spate of scammers attempting to rip off folks on Fred Miranda. It behooves us all to check across multiple sites, as well as to introduce our own efforts to whack these horses' back ends , e.g., by posting a WTB ad to suck 'em in.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Because all new posts from new members are held until a moderator releases it.
    This goes away after awhile
    -bob
    Could you implement no access to private messages without x number of posts? That may be one way to slow these guys down.
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I just registered here to report that I got a similar email from this guy regarding a guitar on another forum....

    This time he is "Tom from Canada"...

    There have been multiple scam attempts recently, all using names from HamCall.net, the HAM radio callsign database.

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    I posted a buy thread for SEL35/50mm lens and I received a similar response from Jose Manuel <[email protected]>. He asked my to pay by bank transfer or western union so I checked his feedback, and it was obvious. Below is his email. Interestingly, there is a Facebook profile linked to that email address when I searched facebook for that email address - not sure if person's email is abused by someone.

    https://www.facebook.com/philp.brown.353?fref=ts

    Thanks for your email..I have attached pictures for you to view...it
    is in good condition and work perfectly well....Look clean and
    excellent..let me know how much you are willing to offer including
    shipping and insurance to your doorstep..I will need your shipping
    address for delivery..My mode of payment is via bank transfer or
    Western Union,please let me know the one you prefer and i will send you
    my details for payment thanks and hope to hear from you soon

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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    This guy put the bite on me. Here's what I posted just today on the Negative Feedback forum:

    Seller: gear64 (Actually does not appear on the members list)
    Phony Name: "Tom Mastroberardino" [email protected]
    PayPal: [email protected]
    Problem: Total Scammer!

    On July 7th I got an email via the forum system in response to a WTB ad I had placed some time ago. To be honest, I didn't take the time to vet him, but just responded to his email indicating interest. He sent pics of the item, and we agreed on a price. I paid via PayPal, and then NOTHING happened.

    I contacted him several times on email address [email protected] ("Tom Mastroberardino", which appears to be a fake name, although there is a person by that name, and almost the same email in Italy.) asking about shipment. He then responded that there would be "Customs" of $400.00 on the item (for which was paying $385.00), claimed it was a "new law in Canada", and asked me to send the $400.00. When I refused and asked for a refund, he said he no longer had the $$$ in his PayPal account, but that someone was going to send him money, and he asked me to receive it, keep my refund amount, and then Western Union him the difference. I also refused this scam.

    I contacted him a number of times asking for a refund, but he stopped responding. Fortunately, I had paid through PayPal with a credit card, and was able to get my bank to request a refund, which I have now received.

    (My own fault for being lazy. I should have vetted him!)

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    Lloyd, stories like this sends chills down my spine and its so unfortunate that it only takes a few rotten apples to spoil it for everyone else. Glad to hear you didn't loose anything when all was said and done except a lot of agrivation and time.

    Dave (D&A)
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    Re: FRAUD Alert!

    Is there any way that an admin could send out a PM blast suggesting all members review this string? Lloyd (and potentially others) would get forewarned.

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