Originally Posted by CDLehner
I'm baaaack; and seemingly, so are Audiogon's poor commerce choices!
I'm sitting here...having my Sunday-morning coffee, when I get a phone call. I pick up, and it's a guy calling me...regarding a message I sent him on Audiogon.
All it was, was a PM, IM...whatever the hell you want to call it; I sent the dude a message, like I've done a million times before. But SOMEHOW...off of that message...this dude ends up with my HOME phone number!
He sounds nice enough; doesn't sound
like a scammer. But check this out...
He's calling...because his Internet is down; and it's actually his buddy, who listed the unit for him. But he hasn't seen his email recently...that's why he's calling
. If I want to buy it, he'll take the offer I floated in my message; his PayPal address is...get ready to fall-down laughing...an @yahoo.co.uk (he's in the US, and says "that's a long story", as he gives it to me...lol).
I was polite, and told him I'd sleep on it; but this deal smells like f*cking Venice, at low tide!!!
All that aside; what is Audiogon doing, giving this guy all that info...up to, and including my phone number!? I mean, I know our addresses and last names are listed in our account info; along with phone numbers. But I thought that was just for transactions
(which I'm not even crazy about...but I understand they're trying to establish some transparency
, to thwart
the scammers). But you're telling me...all I have to do is drop someone a line; like "hey...nice piece; might like to check that out myself some day"...and based on that
, other members now have my last name, address, and home phone??
I'm getting ready to call Audiogon, and tell them they'll be lucky if I don't bring a law-suit!!! A friend of mine, who's in
e-commerce, says it very well might be a violation of federal privacy laws. They can't give out my f*cking phone number, just because I email some dude about kit!!!
Am I being naive; or did everyone know they were doing this kind of stuff???