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How do I report a scam artist in classified?

Discussion in 'Site Support' started by formernuke, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. formernuke

    formernuke Manta Ray

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    I'm selling off some used gear in classified. For one item I was contacted by pm and agreed to sell. The buyer would not use paypal and insisted on a alternet method, I agreed and he sent payment which I could not verify or link to my bank account. The deal is off and I sent s PM saying that.

    My question is how do I report this user so others do not get ripped off?
     
  2. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Thumbs Down would be one place to start. I'll check with the other Mods.
     
  3. Daedalus

    Daedalus Solo Diver

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    PayPal me $20 and I'll tell you.
     
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  4. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

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    Location: California
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    So you didn't get scammed?
    Potential scammer?
    Or maybe miss typed info/account?
    Possible honest mistake?
     
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  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    We simply won't get involved in classified transactions. We don't have the resources to verify who's right and who's a scammer. There are important steps to take if you try to buy something, but if your spidey sense starts tingling: back away.

    However, if you do feel a user is scamming you, please report their PM to you. We'll take a look at them and where they come from. We delete most spammers/scammers before they get to you. Unfortunately, that's about all we can do at this point except point out that it's Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware!

    This is an excerpt from Craig's list on how to avoid scams. Please click on this link and read THE WHOLE THING!!!

     
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  6. Mike Walker

    Mike Walker Nassau Grouper

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    What was the alternate method? There are quite a few new-ish companies trying to grab a slice of the payments pie.

    The only sure way to get screwed is to blindly use Paypal. They have brand recognition but they are not your friend and frequently not the best value.
     
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  7. FinnMom

    FinnMom Divemaster Staff Member

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    Location: Finland
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    PayPal is risky for sellers because they (PayPal) has a tendency to always believe the buyer's version (whether they were cheated/whether the product ever arrived, etc). It seems like sellers are guilty until proven innocent. People can also scam you by using someone else's (stolen account info) paypal account - after the theft is discovered it is once again entirely the seller's loss.
     
  8. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    I’m wondering this as well. What was the source they wanted to us?
     
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