Note: 10/11/00 - On the advice of an attorney, I am editing my posts throughout this thread to read "alleged perpetrator" where I have used other, more colorful terms, so if the posts read strangely, you will understand why.
Yep, it sure is too good to be true, and I am living proof of it. I must be the most stupid person on the face of the planet, as I have been scammed for $2100 (I'm sure X-Stick will enjoy this).
Just to refresh everyone's memory, I'm the one who posted a sad story once before about a bad deal on a projector I bought from a guy on Ebay. For those who would like to read about that story, just read this:http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum2/HTML/002906.html
Well, Howard Wear, the guy in the other thread, looks like a saint next to this last "alleged perpetrator". I have been interested in upgrading my equipment to separates, and a Lexicon DC-2 was my pre/pro of choice. I looked for the best deal I could find, and I spotted an auction on audioweb.com that filled the bill. See this:http://www.audioweb.com/Ad/AdInfo.asp?adid=67116
I bid on the auction and noticed that the "reserve" price had already been met, so I decided to email the seller to see how much he wanted on a straight sale of the unit. This was his reply:
My DC-2 is in MINT condition and is less than 1 year old. I would be
willing to end the auction and sell it outright for $2,100, which is less than 1/2 of what it sold for new. If you want it, let me know and I will cancel the auction.
I decided that $2100 was a great price for a DC-2, so I emailed him back and told him that I wanted the unit. Here was his response:
Done deal. I believe that you are wise to go for Lexicon, instead of B&K. Don't get me wrong, B&K is great equipment and I was running a B&K amp for my rear channels, but I believe that Lexicon builds superior equipment and maintains re-sale value better than B&K.
You are right about getting a good deal too. I'm not sure why, but bidding on ANY audio equipment is very slow right now. It will probably pick up in late November through Christmas, as it did last year, but for now it is slow.
You can either send me a cashiers check or money order and I will ship it out immediately, or you can send a personal check, and as soon as it clears my bank, I'll ship. If you are registered with PayPal and have had your information verified, you could also make a credit card payment through them, but I think they limit transactions to $2,000 a month.
Let me know how you'd like to handle this, and I'll pull the auction. If you'd like to call me, you can reach me at (888) 277-9716. I work for myself from home, and you can reach me pretty much anytime. The phone is answered Phone Services, which is my company name.
I look forward to hearing from you, and I know you'll love the DC-2."
Now here's the third email:
"Here is my mailing address: Mark Weber
8600 North MacArthur Blvd.
#114 - PMB 190
Irving, TX. 75063
Please include your shipping address along with your check. I will cover the shipping charges and send the DC-2 U.S.P.S. priority mail insured, if that is acceptable to you.
I hope you enjoy the Dc-2 (well actually I know you will), and I thank you for your purchase. I will let you know when your check arrives and the DC-2 is on it's way to you, along with an anticipated delivery date and the tracking number."
And here is the FINAL email:
I received your check today and will ship tomorrow. Please let me know when you receive it. Thank you for your purchase and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
From this point on I have gotten ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from him, nor been able to reach him on the phone, nor has he answered any emails, but he has certainly cashed my check. I also found out that the address I sent the check to was a mail drop (not a home or business address), and the 2 phone numbers I have seem untraceable. His email address is email@example.com, but Earthlink will not divulge any info as to who this person is. My local police department told me that the matter is out of their jurisdiction, and the Post Office also has no interest, even though I sent the check certified mail.
I am telling this story just to vent my frustrations and to give everyone a big warning: DO NOT TRUST ANYONE ON THE NET, REGARDLESS OF HOW HONEST AND NORMAL THEY MAY APPEAR!! I printed his emails just to show everyone what a great guy he seemed like. He called me and chatted for an hour about high end audio and home theater, and he was as knowledgeable as anyone in this forum, so I felt that I was pretty safe. This is why he is called a "confidence" man (con man for short).
I don't think that there is a thing I can do about this situation, but if anyone knows how to trace an email address or phone number to its source, I would be interested in knowing. Other than that, I am out $2100, and I am now also out of money, so the Lex will have to wait.
Please, everyone, learn from my lesson!! Don't get taken the way I did.
Thanks for listening to me,
[This message has been edited by Bob Sorel (edited 10-11-2000).]