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#601 JediJames2

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:03 PM

Not sure if I should be worried yet or not but I sold the Mass Effect 3 CE on 3/5 (on eBay); guy promptly paid that day and I shipped it out 3/6 once I picked up the game. On 3/7 he sends me a message through eBay saying his address had changed (providing me a new one) and to let him know if I had already shipped it to the old address. eBay username for buyer is melfitz08; feedback of 72 but last activity was in 2010. If it turns out to be a scam I'll post the addresses.

If this isn't a scam what can I do to help this guy? Package has been out of my hands since Tuesday and is scheduled for delivery today.


Buyer said he got into contact with current residents of his old address and had them Return to Sender the package (just got it back today). He wanted me to let him know how much it'll be to ship it back to him at his current address. Am I correct in assuming that if I tell him to just PayPal me the amount to reship it that at that point I will not be covered by eBay/PayPal Seller Protection? Since the original tracking linked to the auction shows it as having been returned to me and all. Any suggestions?

Edit: If I use the Add/Edit Tracking Numbers link by my completed auction to add a new tracking number does anyone know if I would be covered?

#602 dragonjud

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:11 PM

Hmm, looks like I spoke too soon. So, after unfreezing my funds on paypal, they waited another two weeks to close the case...and wait for it...
They now ruled in favor of the scammer. So, if I wasn't sure about closing my accounts before, I will surely do so now.

In the end, there're too many users on Ebay, and losing a single seller/buyer does not really matter to them. So, the chances of anyone winning a case (even if you have all the tracking and facts) is nearly zero.

Here is the info on the scammer (again):
Ebay ID: agan1620
Aneal Ganta
31632 Coast Hwy
Apt A
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-6984


#603 TiKi2

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:08 PM

^^ Don't let one person deter you from using egay/gaypal. We will all get scammed sooner or later doesn't matter where ebay/amazon/half/glyde. Just forget about it and move foward.

The world is full of filth , we have to learn to live with that.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

^^ Don't let one person deter you from using egay/gaypal. We will all get scammed sooner or later doesn't matter where ebay/amazon/half/glyde. Just forget about it and move foward.

The world is full of filth , we have to learn to live with that.



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or just ignorant
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#605 donut

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

If he just recently moved, shouldn't he have have his mail forwarded? (I guess this depends on whether you're using USPS to ship or not. I'm not sure if UPS or Fedex has any sort of mail forwarding service.)

Can anyone confirm if mail forwarding causes any issues with eBay disputes?



neither company will do this, only USPS IF the recipient filled out the moving/forwarding form...
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#606 TiKi2

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:00 AM

I have this guy on ignore ^^ but wanted to check if he had a new name on the fraud list. But alas , more dribble. I thought he died but I guess not.



BTW: I have a fraudster that didn't buy a video game but bought video game related stuff. Post it here?

#607 Link927

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:20 AM

I have this guy on ignore ^^ but wanted to check if he had a new name on the fraud list. But alas , more dribble. I thought he died but I guess not.



BTW: I have a fraudster that didn't buy a video game but bought video game related stuff. Post it here?


Might as well, its related. The same people scamming for games will probably scam for guide books or accessories as well.

Nothing to see here, move along!


#608 fullmetal

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

Hey everyone, I need some advice. I sold MLB 12: The Show on 4/9 to ebay user edgull. Looking at his feedback, it looks like he bought 5 other games that day, and about 15 in the last week. Surely, this is a scam, right?

Only through my own ignorance of not knowing that half.com changed their seller payment method have I not shipped out the item yet. I guess it could have saved me. If you all also think this is a scam, I'll post the address.

#609 eLefAdEr

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

Only through my own ignorance of not knowing that half.com changed their seller payment method have I not shipped out the item yet. I guess it could have saved me. If you all also think this is a scam, I'll post the address.


Do what I did (also suggested in the OP) and send an email asking the buyer to verify their shipping address. If they don't respond in a timely manner, chances are they aren't on the level.

#610 Napegator

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:13 AM

Posted this on the BLOCKED BIDDERS LIST thread too. Nice block list to use if you're still an ebay seller

Add this one to the list
kevinpamila

This fucker paid & I sent him an online code. Then a week later he sent me an email asking if I was going to send him a card when I clearly stated in the auction I was sending the code via email in BIG RED letters.

Anyway he said the code I sent him didn't work. I even sent him instructions on how to redeem it - step by step - and came back saying he got 'invalid code'. So I contacted microsoft via chat & I was told the code was valid.

I have 100% feedback and didnt want to deal with him so I refunded the money. I sent him a request to go through with the transaction and he never responded after he got this money.

Has great feedback, so either he's an idiot who cant follow simple directions on how to redeem a code or he bought the code and then wanted to return it and 'claimed' it didn't work.

#611 Link927

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

Did he redeem the code or was it unused when you had it "returned"?

Nothing to see here, move along!


#612 Napegator

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:04 PM

It was still valid. That's why I posted 'idiot who cant follow simple instructions' I know the code I sent was valid because I did a copy and paste from the email I sent him when chatting with MS and also when I redeemed it on my account.

That's why I thought maybe they just decided they didn't want it anymore, but the guy just emailed me and said it didn't work.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:40 AM

If you get an order from Wendy Alassadi, BEWARE! She is a thief who scammed me. I'm out of the product and my money and she is getting away with stealing products online!

Billing address:
wendy c. alassadi
6011 W Seldon Ln
Glendale, AZ, 85302-5416, US


Shipping address:
WENDY ALASSADI
6011 W Seldon Ln
Glendale, AZ, 85302-5416, US
(623) 934-4628

It's sad to think people like Wendy are getting away with product theft just because it takes place online instead of a retail store.


There are people who still get away with product theft in stores! Its just the "anonymity" of the internet that gives these people these brazen abilities. Most of these people wouldnt even try if they knew there was a higher chance they would get caught.

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#614 FatBoyInside

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:58 PM

Another HALF.COM scammer on the prowl again, so beware of shipping any items to :

Oneal Hamiton
110 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

My Digital GAMES and DLC Lowball Sale is NOW CLOSED.  Sweet deals gone...girl.

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#615 outcast529

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:11 PM

Here's another scammer with a hijacked ebay/Half.com account. (Don't be a victim like myself!) Avoid mailing anything you value to :

JIM ROJAS
8002 Cornwall Lane
Tampa, FL 33615

I feel very sad and miserable now ...


I just got a charge back for a package I shipped out to this SOB as well, I wish I had seen your post sooner. A google search seems to show that he runs a "reshipping" buisness/scam. Supposedly accepting mail at this home address and then reshipping overseas or to another address. Watch out for any orders to that address. They may be to Jim Rojas and/or have a "c/o" portion in the address.

Edited by outcast529, 19 June 2012 - 06:03 PM.


#616 FatBoyInside

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

Here are yet more scammers with hijacked ebay/Half.com accounts. (Don't be a victim like myself!) Avoid mailing anything you value to :

AMY WEINS
170 Sawcreek Est
Bushkill, PA 18324

and

ASHLEY MCGIRT
5048 Needham Road
Bailey, NC 27807

and

EDWARD SIMMONS
5633 S Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60629


My melancholia continues ...

Edited by FatBoyInside, 29 June 2012 - 02:29 PM.

My Digital GAMES and DLC Lowball Sale is NOW CLOSED.  Sweet deals gone...girl.

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#617 funogo

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:56 AM

Good thing I found this thread or else I would have fallen for the scam and shipped my games! Let me add that whoever lives at these two addresses (posted by FatBoyInside above) are still active and trying to scam people:

110 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

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5048 needham road
bailey, NC 27807

#618 SonictheHedgehog1337

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:46 AM

I'm being scammed by "New World Archive" on Amazon. Sure enough, there are plenty of blogs discussing the same exact incident as mine. Here's a link to one:

http://www.pazzobook...chive-unveiled/

New World Archive tends to ask for a lot of refunds and often claims they never received an item. They asked me for a refund and then sent back a different book then the one I sent them. It's the same title, but it's not the same book. I sent them a new book and they sent me back a severely damaged book. The only reason I know it's not mine is the sticker residue that was never on my book.

Apparently, they buy lots of books from half.com and amazon.com and resell them on Amazon Canada. Sure enough, the book they bought off me for $40, they are selling on Amazon Canada for $200 under the alias "Vanderbilt_ca" mentioned in the blog link I posted.

It's a pretty interesting business they've made. They've taken the idea of "flipping" and applied it to a large scale business generating thousands of dollars a day. I just don't like how they are pretty much committing return fraud on me, a grad student selling his old college books so that I can buy new ones.

They actually bought a book off of me a couple of years ago and I never heard a complaint from them. I guess they decided not to commit return fraud that time.

If anyone has any advice for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

#619 vivafriend5

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 10:40 PM

They asked me for a refund and then sent back a different book then the one I sent them. It's the same title, but it's not the same book. I sent them a new book and they sent me back a severely damaged book. The only reason I know it's not mine is the sticker residue that was never on my book.

An individual from New Canaan, Connecticut is probably going to try this stunt with me on the Amazon marketplace. They ordered a GameCube title that was brand new, y-folded perfectly and thoroughly described. I get a 4/5 feedback with all these lies it was unsealed and the disc was in a paper sleeve. I always shake the heck out of sealed stuff and nothing was loose like a sleeved disc. The sleeve is most suspect, especially since a USPS inspection would just mess it and eliminates that possibility.

They also admitted they've been scrounging GameStop for the game and have gone through multiple defective copies. Make the connection? They're probably gonna send me a used,defective unit from GS and retain the sealed copy I sent for a full refund. I just have to wait for the charge-back in about a month. I'll edit this post with their info if it comes to fruition.

Good luck, everybody.

#620 vivafriend5

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:34 AM

Well, less than a month later and I have a new potential scammer. I'm still waiting for the charge-back on the previous one and this malarkey rolls in.

I get a message reading the the buyer "received 1 cd from this series that is damaged."

Well, there are twenty DVDs in the TV series boxset I sent, genius. Thanks for being so descriptive. The item was brand new, sealed, and I actually had to take it out of its manufacturer's cardboard shipment box. It had no floaters, and I've handled three other copies and personally own one without any incidents.

I know boxsets occasionally get botched, but the thing that gets me is Amazon sent me the message, like the person tried to file a claim less than a week after making the order without ever contacting me. They got the item in three days FYI. It sounds like a fledgling shyster. I think they bought some individual discs from a season boxset at a closing BlockBuster; they were thinking they could somehow gyp the series boxset for free, as strange as that sounds, or fill out their collection and send the remnants back. I will update when I hear more, and post their info if they gyp me. They haven't responded to how and which disc was damaged. The item was insured if it turns out it was damaged in transit.


Edit: Yup, I was right. Told them I would refund them totally and pay for the return shipping and the box after they destroyed the parcel box it was shipped in. Had an A-Z claim waiting for me tonight. I let loose in the representation message and called it fraud, because they want to keep the boxset and get a full refund. I don't know if the buyer sees it, but I hope they enjoy. Their name will be posted once I lose the case or get back the box with whatever dud she shoves in. It's annoying Amazon will let this slide through.

A-Z claim message: customer wants to return this but she does not have box it was shipped in and this item is damaged and wants a refund, customer has tried to tell to seller that this series the first four disk skips and she even tried a different dvd player and same issues

It appears the rep who filed the claim was not proficient in English. Ridiculous beyond words. She has been cajoling the reps to refund her, with simple misspelled messages when she is quite articulate it appears. She never actually identified the discs that were broken/defective in any form and the rep assumed. I've e-mailed her six times, and was nice until the claim. I made sure to orchestrate the return, which she is playing dumb to wait out the claim and keep the item.

Edit 2: Well, the buyer agreed to send back the item and I paid return shipping plus handling since the last edit. I never got directly vicious beyond the A-Z defense and they dropped the claim when they were promised a complete refund again. I want to try to keep my feedback positive, even though it's gonna be a $22 direct hit on shipping alone with the broken unit returned. A restocking fee would just be asking for trouble knowing how this person is playing me.

I got the discs back already, and highly suspect it was a switcheroo to complete a defective set. They could only identify one disc that was messing up after everything. And it was troublesome during my playback inspection, with pure filth on the bottom of it. It was brand new when it was sent. Now, 19/20 Discs now have signs of being mishandled, with thick grease, prints, hairs, light scratches and dust upon them now. There are so many signs pointing the buyer was manipulating Amazon and knew the system. They knew I would bend under pressure. For instance, they acknowledged the A-Z claim would screw the seller metrics up and be a strike for me, something I never mentioned.

I will post the name soon, but I have a feeling it was a one-time swindle to get watchable discs for free. Also, they may have copied the discs, explaining all of the fingerprinting. There are dozens of possibilities, and the most innocent explanation appears to be the most distant.

Edit 3: The buyer's story did not check out, so I am posting the info below. The final verdict: at best, they overstated the problem to gain sympathy from Amazon to screw me on a refund. I could have sent a replacement disc from my personal copy (not brand new like the one sent, so, a moot point) for the one that was broken, but since they kept upping the story, it was ridiculous to even consider. They included a handwritten note that the first two discs were bad and they stopped using the DVDs, and they play quite fine of course. Though, 19/20 discs show signs of considerable use and wear.

Hypotheticals: The buyer either bought defective discs from somewhere else, broke their old copies, or intentionally defiled the one disc or some combination thereof. When they could not keep it, they copied the discs onto a computer or laptop, explaining the wear. They then may have replaced the discs from their duds and put them into the cases of my unit and returned it. I realize this explanation is beyond convoluted, but it is a very sophisticated deception.

W. Bennett (PM me for the first full name; I don't feel like having it come up in a search engine)
PO Box 638
Micanopy, FL 32667

The whole situation was ridiculous and could have been innocent to a point, but the multiple circumventions, the A-Z claim, the hesitance to return the item for free, and the peculiar condition of the discs returned speaks volumes.

For the record, the discs were not accidentally smudged like during a cleaning wipe-down, which can sometimes exacerbate the appearance of grease and would have been understandable, but not in this case; just the plain, uniform and leisurely mishandling of fifteen extra discs made very evident during inspection. I hit the hair and grease jackpot!

Edited by vivafriend5, 19 March 2013 - 08:54 AM.
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#621 Indigo_Streetlight

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:18 AM

I'd call an Amazon rep for something like that; pretty much if you offer to take the return and pay for return shipping, the buyer has no grounds for an A to Z. Write on the claim that you're sending a return shipping box, that you offered a refund...so why is the buyer not cooperating by starting a premature A - Z? Sometimes with the right wording their claim will be denied...another trick is if you receive the returned item you can partial refund them and charge a 15-20% restocking fee.
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#622 SadPanda99

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

Man, I'm reading through this thread and now realize I was the victim of 1 of these scams. For me it was a half.com book I sent to Hawaii. The buyer filed a complaint saying it was damaged (Dented). I was so pissed I added a comment to all my remaining books saying "No Dealers". If a dealer / drop shipper orders my book, I suddenly find myself unable to find the item. I have had 1 ass wipe leave negative feedback, and what sucks is you can't dispute the feedback on these transactions. I went so far as to add a block list to my half account. Another jackass claimed his book never arrived via Amazon, but I used the amazon shipping service which includes the tracking device, and that guy had his claim rejected.
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#623 TiKi2

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:35 PM

vivafriend , when it comes to collectable sealed games I would rather sell it to a fellow collector on here or at NA. You won't make as much but you will spare yourself of the trouble associated with ebay/amazon.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

vivafriend , when it comes to collectable sealed games I would rather sell it to a fellow collector on here or at NA. You won't make as much but you will spare yourself of the trouble associated with ebay/amazon.


Agreed.

#625 vivafriend5

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:43 AM

vivafriend , when it comes to collectable sealed games I would rather sell it to a fellow collector on here or at NA. You won't make as much but you will spare yourself of the trouble associated with ebay/amazon.

I probably should return to trading and selling here, but, truthfully, a seller runs the risk of issues no matter the place.

Still feeling annoyed about the little switcheroo. It placed my account in a negative balance and Amazon would not take the money back until the scheduled date and it turned out I had an old card from 2011 in place for such debits and I have to wait until Halloween for them to deduct the money now. It's my fault for that obviously, but it's strange they would not let me give them the money ASAP.

Looking at the broken item annoys me to no end. Not counting the disc in question, the other eighteen discs would make me shudder if I considered them in 'good' condition by Amazon's criteria. Turned a hundred buck set into a paperweight.

#626 3kingdoms

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 09:20 PM

The moral of this thread is that the Seller assumes all the risk.
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#627 electricsleep

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:56 AM

Finally some good news for sellers that use paypal. Don't know if it was posted yet but paypal recently upgraded its seller protection policy and will refund sellers against chargebacks as long as you have a tracking number and ship to the confirmed address. In late September I've had two unauthorized purchases/credit card company charge back claims refunded to me because I uploaded tracking info. It only covers physical items and anything over $250 needs signature confirmation. You can check out the full breakdown here.

https://www.paypal.c...tion-learn-more

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

this I just got scooped....buyer bought Mass Effect 2 for PS3 back in March, and on Monday, May 31st, I was notified that the buyer filed for a chargeback.

I responded immediately to Half.com and asked them to look into my 100% positive satisfactory rating before making the decision, yet they decided to credit the buyer back, for $30 more than the price the seller paid for the item, is this even possible?

Is there any legal actions or complaints I can file?

The buyer's user name is darkhaloman89

and the address I shipped the item to was

Crystal Dawes
1231 evergreen drive
Nashville, NC 27856
USA

Thanks!


Its been a while.. but guess what... she's back..... using a different address this time.

Crystal Dawes
1220 Canyon Rock Ct
Apt. 105
Raleigh, NC 27610-4379
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:53 AM

Its been a while.. but guess what... she's back..... using a different address this time.

Crystal Dawes
1220 Canyon Rock Ct
Apt. 105
Raleigh, NC 27610-4379



Darn, I also received a transaction order to this exact address last week. Fortunately, I attached DC# ... but it still is a shame. Scammers are in full swing this holday season :-( .

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#630 edson13

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

so I just had a buyer buy an xbox from me and ask me to ship it to an address that wasnt her paypal, as she did not know it was still under her old address. Issued a refund and they said they would change their paypal info and just pay again. Will this work? Does this sound like an honest mistake, or a scam?

Im a top-rated seller so I would think scammers would tend to avoid me, but I dont know, maybe its the other way around.