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Originally Posted by lionel89:

Are people contacting you about items you are looking for also?  I got two emails yesterday about items I posted in the "wanted" forum.  They sound legit, but their email address is associated with some Russian guy on Facebook.  Also, their address does not match their name. 

Sounds like a scam to me.

Originally Posted by Larry Mullen:
Yes, I was contacted and the pics were there of the engine in a separate email.  Maybe I'm paranoid, but something doesn't feel right about it.

You must have put your eMail address in your ad, and that is how the scammers work. If your eMail address is NOT stated in your ad, then the scammers MUST join the OGR Forum, in oder to obtain your eMail address out of your "profile". The scammers will NOT want to join OGR, because that leaves a trail of their location, etc..




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You must have put your eMail address in your ad, and that is how the scammers work. If your eMail address is NOT stated in your ad, then the scammers MUST join the OGR Forum, in oder to obtain your eMail address out of your "profile". The scammers will NOT want to join OGR, because that leaves a trail of their location, etc..




 

I suggest checking the other parties profile on the OGR forum. Have they been a member for a while? Look at some of their posts. Are they active members who know something about model railroading?

No offense meant to newer members, but if the answer to either of these questions are no, I'd pass on the deal.

I received a email yesterday about wtb posting I made.  Sounds like the same story.  The guy was registered on org but had a friend that was. How hard is it to register for the forum!  He want a money gram, I did get his address in Florida, and the price was great. The wording of the emails was a broken English

My email was not in my add either, so either they hacked someone account or there is a scammer in our ranks

This is surely a scam.  There are a number of other ways to pay for a purchase.  As others have said, credit card being one.

 

it is easy for those of us with experience buying and selling, computers, etc  to think something like your money gram question should be obvious to everyone that t is a scam.   But not everyone has that experience to know that.

 

So thanks for posting the question and making everyone aware of the scam.  Hopefully it prevents a member from getting taken by this scam.

 

Thanks,

Ed

Scam, for sure. Do a search as there are a number of threads on this topic (just search on 'Money Gram').

 

Same guy, in many cases, reads the Wanted To Buys and then emails saying he has the item(s) and will want payment via Money Gram. Happened to me over a year ago and it was fairly obvious quickly that the guy was a scammer.  

Last edited by johnstrains
Originally Posted by tr18:
Originally Posted by rboatertoo:

I received two offering k-lines for sale, one is the one I mention above and the other was someone who looks like a real member.  Now what to do, why the one that seems real.....  

Hi Jim, I'm real

Thanks John.  

 

I have brought things from Members in the past with great success, so don't let this post this discourage you from dealing with "true Members" and I am going to do it again. 

It's another case of doing due diligence. 

I've used PayPal hundreds of times on eBay, internet stores and right here on the forum. Always smooth and painless to use IMO. You have some protection with PP.

 

When I post something on the For Sale or Wanted boards and I get an e-mail from someone that I'm not familiar with, I will come back to the forum and look them up before I do anything. I have been contacted a few times via e-mail by people I couldn't validate as forum members and I just deleted the e-mails and left it at that.

 

Usually a forum member will give you their screen name in the e-mail to let you know who they are, since most of us wouldn't know their real names if they use something on the forum other than their real names. That is why my screen name is my real name. There is no doubt about who I am.

Last edited by Mike D

Within the past two months, I've received two emails(from Robert Keepler) concerning items I had in the Want to Buy Forum.  Both were allegedly from Haines City, Florida.  Address of the

the first(2410 Weiberg) was a vacated house trailer and the second was the Wal-Mart on US27.

Each wanted a money gram, one was $200 for a Williams heavyweight baggage car

which usually sells in the 30-50 dollar range.

I did not respond to either because in the Forum money gram discussions had

made me weary.

John

Last edited by rattler21

While I had that good experience getting some things with Moneygrams, I would not

use them now.  As many of the people into tinplate trains and on this forum are not

spring chickens, maybe "seniors", and seem to be targets for, and, too often, suckers

of, assorted scams....that you read about, such as "your nephew is in jail in Bangladesh, and you need to send bail money", or send $100 for a chance to win ten million, etc.

The news says billions are lost by seniors through scams.  Hard to believe the stuff people fall for, but don't be a victim.  Lionel and MTH want you to spend that money

on trains.

Originally Posted by Mike D:

Usually a forum member will give you their screen name in the e-mail to let you know who they are, since most of us wouldn't know their real names if they use something on the forum other than their real names. That is why my screen name is my real name. There is no doubt about who I am.

Bingo! That was exactly what lead me to the realization that the alleged seller was scamming. Signed his email "Bob" or "Bill" and when I replied and asked for screen name & other info he disappeared.

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