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BEWARE OF THE SCAMMERS!
The below is a email I got when I bated the scammer. ( We should start a sticky for these butt holes
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Dear sir,


First i need to tell you that the projector are just as brand new. The price i'm asking for them is $5500.00 (American Dollars) I can accept 5200 $ including shipping only if you agree on my terms. I didn't payed anything for the item.

I received it as a gift few months ago but because I moved to United Kingdom me and my wife decided to sell it as we need the money for the new house here.

You can have this within 2-3 working days after you confirm the payment and we established the details. Shipping will be world wide via UPS air services.

All handling fees and transport of the package will be supported by me. The package will be delivered from United Kingdom (London), that's where i'm from. Payment is via money order.


If you are really interested to buy this product please email me your full name and address for shipping and Videogon team will contact you with the payment instructions to complete this transaction.

Please note that this transaction will be made through www.videogon.com (Videogon guarantees the safety of this transaction).


Please reply with the following details:


First Name:

Middle Name (if any):

Last Name:

Street Address:

City:

State/Province:

Zip Code:

Country:

Phone Number:


if you have any questions left please feel free to contact me any time.


Thank you.


Chris Wilson
 

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I agree. I think we should also include vendors - I'm sure there have been other "TV Authority" type situations that have either not been reported on AVS or have been posted and buried by the tons of posts in the "official" and "owners" threads.
 

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Originally Posted by greg1292 /forum/post/12928536


MAKE A STICKEY
I am sure alot of us have scammed before.

A little correction to my dear friends post.....he meant "have been scammed before."
 

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Ummm, It gives away that it is a scam as soon as it says "Money order only"...Never send a money order or western union for any purchase. ALWAYS use a credit card, Paypal, or something else that is traceable and that you can CANCEL payment on.

Just need to pay attention to the little things. Good Luck.
 

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How would you make an international purchase from a person, not a business? What form of payment do you make in person to person purchases?


I'm not saying it is not a scam but I don't see it reading as an obvious scam.


How would you sell your PJ to someone in another country?

How do you make sure you get paid?


This is in the wrong forum to boot...
 

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It's cool to post this here since there are a great number of people seeking info ,and AVS is the place to go for information regarding A/V equipment and consumers should be aware of internet scams.
 

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I have run into similar scams. I almost bought a CLK55 AMG from a guy who said he worked for Shell Oil and had been transferred to the Netherlands and they shipped his car for him. He was going to pay the return voyage (about $2K). He wanted a wire transfer (even more suspicious than money orders). As soon as I suggested using an escrow service of MY choice, I never heard from him again.


Two weeks later I see that same car (same VIN) listed on ebay. It was actually relisted. My Dutch scammer just lifted the info out of the old auction trying to lure a sucker. Bastards.
 

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Althought I concur with all of you guys and hope that this has never happen to you. There is people that are new to the internet and are very trust worthy. They should not be preyed on by these A-holes. As a forum member that sells items across multiple forums and wish to aid newbies in purchases ,I think it's my duty to help our hobby by pointing these thugs out in the threads that new members or newbies come to get intel. Let's kick some scammer you know what.
 

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It is definitely very helpful advice to recommend that any purchase be made confidently in a manner that can protect the buyer and the seller. Direct contact with a seller can go a long way toward helping you make sure your purchase is safe. Coming here is not a bad idea in trying to make sure you do the right thing BEFORE you spend/send your money.
 

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The below so call buyer posted a feed back for scammer kevsmithw aka cris wilson or whatever his name is on1/26/08. Lets see three feed backs for items the very day he open up his videogon membership. now that's fast delivery.......what a joke. Will the real cris wilson please stand up ,please stand up ,lease stand up


+++++10+++++ SERIOUSE

Positive by Chrismkkd (0) on 01-26-08


100% seriouse seller ... fast and seriouse

Positive by Chrismkkd (0) on 01-26-08


100% seriouse seller ... fast and seriouse

Positive by Chrismkkd (0) on 01-26-08


HOLY CRAP THiS SCAMMER IS OFF THE CHAIN!



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Sony VPL-VW100 lcd hd 1080p hdtv sxrd project $2500.00




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Sony Bravia VPL-AW15 hdtv lcd projector & 25ft hdmi $1200.00

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Sony Sony Projector $1200.00

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Original Early Maran 7C Tube preamplifier 10638 $2500.00

Stunning Marantz SR-12S1 7.1 channel thx receiver! $990.00
 

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the sad thing is how many people actually fall for this kind of bull...i just got offered a 1996 Dogde Viper for $11000.00 (but it's in hawaii of course LOL)
 

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Team,


We don't need to bend to the sorry scammers, but make everyone aware of them when we see them on our best sites. i.e audiogon and videogon
 

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To everyone with a paypal account, I just got an e-mail about 10 min. ago that stated my paypal account was restricted and to click on the resolution center link in the e-mail. I almost fell for it, and I clicked on the link, and I noticed that the site was http, not https. It brang me to a site where it looked exactly like paypal, and it had the username and password box. If I hadnt noticed the false web adress I would have fell for it. I also noticed that the senders e-mail was [email protected] , which is not paypals e-mail adress, but very close. Ther used a capitalized I instead of an l to make it look simular. Anyway, just letting everyone know about this very recent scam e-mail I just recieved.
 
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