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Old 20-02-2013, 19:34   #16
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Re: How I scammed in Australia - a lesson learnt - Beware

Did he get 5 star ratings for fast postage
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Old 20-02-2013, 21:24   #17
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I had a look at IC3, a question arises, is IC3 a global or US orientated site ? So will it deal with a complaint from Oz.
Global. We are in Oz and they took the complaint. As soon as we told the recalcitrant refunder about us contacting IC3, he miraculously found the paperwork and ALL monies including our postage costs were refunded.

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Old 20-02-2013, 21:36   #18
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Global. We are in Oz and they took the complaint. As soon as we told the recalcitrant refunder about us contacting IC3, he miraculously found the paperwork and ALL monies including our postage costs were refunded.

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Interesting resource and reference, Thankyou.
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Old 21-02-2013, 01:52   #19
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IF you have been scammed, $250 is not a lot of money. Easy to spend that much on a good dinner in a restaurant or a night out drinking with friends.
With an attitude like that, no wonder you are homeless!!!

Being ripped off for a quarter of a boat unit would sure get me upset, so I'm with Ribbony in seeking redress if practical.

Good luck chasing down the bastard...

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Old 21-02-2013, 05:30   #20
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Sounds like OFAD...call the cop shop in hastings and tell them the story... They might know him by name.
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Old 21-02-2013, 08:04   #21
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Re: How I scammed in Australia - a lesson learnt - Beware

When ordering from a classified ad, I always insist the order be sent COD. I may still be scammed by an empty box on my doorstep, but at least I can verify.

1. A return address
2. I did in fact buy a box that is approximately the same size and shape, and weight as what I bought.

The small COD fee is worth my piece of mind....If the seller refuses to send this way that is a big red flag.
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Old 21-02-2013, 08:13   #22
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Re: How I scammed in Australia - a lesson learnt - Beware

I read that you paid via paypal. Paypal offers it's customers fraud protection; your first line of recourse sould be through paypal and second through your credit card company attached to your paypal account. Posting something like this on an internet forum for such a small amount of money seems inappropriate.
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Old 21-02-2013, 10:25   #23
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Re: How I scammed in Australia - a lesson learnt - Beware

Does anybody know where I can buy an assym for $250???

Price should have been a red flag..! Sorry you got burned ribbony....sucks....
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I read that you paid via paypal. Paypal offers it's customers fraud protection; your first line of recourse sould be through paypal and second through your credit card company attached to your paypal account. Posting something like this on an internet forum for such a small amount of money seems inappropriate.
You didn't read the OP properly then.

I was selling some electronic charts on this forum, and the people interested in buying insisted on using paypal to protect their interests. At the time I didn't have a vendors account with paypal, but setting one up wasn't difficult.

I'd suggest if a seller refuses to open a paypal account for the buyers peace of mind, then buyers should be very suspicious of his motives.

Paypal does cost though, especially if it's an international transaction, but I think most buyers would be willing to share some of the costs.
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I would not hesitate to call the AFP and report the situation. If the gear is legitimatelly lost then at least they will track him down and you will see he had some proof or not of sending it.

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Forget the AFP - two reasons
1. Its not a crime pursuant to the Federal Crimes Act. Go straight to the state police of the state in which the offence occurred.
2. They couldn't find their posterior with either hand
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If someone is too cheap for Paypal, I don't trust them at all. Nothings for nuttin.

Think I'll go drop $250 on dinner. As usual.
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The plan is to go to the local Police, send a copy of what we submit to Hastings and also to Tweed heads where the bank account BSB is located. He may say he is from hastings, but that could be like the rest of the story.

Also we will submit a complaint on IC3 as suggested.

We are collating the story at the moment.

Thanks for the tips !

"Does anybody know where I can buy an assym for $250???"
Actually it was 2 sails, a Assym and a Sym, plus pole for $200 plus $50 shipping. We had to forget about the pole, too big to post.
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