Scams and their scammers - Posted by Gerald(NC)
Posted by Gerald(NC) on June 16, 2005 at 11:16:01:
I know there’s scams in REI, so I was hoping some of you would teach us newbies about them and your experiences.
I’m a lil pee’d right now cuz I have been attempted to be scammed. I sell automotive performance parts on the side right now. I have done a few international deals that have been fine. 1 $17,700 to Germany. I’ve seen most of the scams and know how to weed them out.
Well if I would have had the parts, or my wholesaler had the parts I would have just gotten screwed for $3750! Had a Jamaican order a turbo kit and an electronic piece from me. He was sending a certified check for the exact amount, (not the old certified check for more than your asking scam). Seemed totally legit. I even emailed him when the check hadn’t arrived when he thought it would. He then said he’d check with the bank.
By the end of the same week I received it. Don’t know why I did it, lol, but I held it up to the light to see if it had the watermark that it was supposed to. And it did! I was happy lol.
So I knew it’d be a few weeks before I’d get the parts, and knew my profit in the deal. So I used some of the money, lil more than my profit, to continue doing some of the work I am currently doing on my own home.
Well, yesterday I tried to order my domain name for my future REI business, and it wouldn’t accept my debit card. I was like wth? Even tried my Paypal card, knowing it would draft from my bank, thinking maybe it was just the card for some reason. Once it was refused, I went to my online banking site, and lo and behold I was -$735! Day before I had $3050! Autmotaically I knew there must be a prob with the check.
So I went to the bank and sure enough it had been returned, even though their computers hadn’t shown it yet. So I had to borrow $$ from the in laws, (just screams FAILURE! to me when I have to), to get the account back up to positive and cover some other things going through from the day before.
Anyway, I’m still screwed because of some probs I’m having with my Paypal and a past customer too. So I’m really thinking of going with my magazine creation I wanna do instead of even REI due to the susceptability of being scammed. My wife’s already “not for me doing REI” and now with my prob with this Jamaican dude, she’s even more against it. Me too a lil.
So share your stories with us newbs please.