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Old 03-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Watch out for this technique. Almost got me. Guy PM's me about a WTB thread I made. Says he has the item I want for sale and then says he doesn't have paypal. No posts or feedback. States that he knows what the item goes for new and then sets a low price to entice. Wants me to send money by mail. He then uses pictures from another user or online somewhere. Even lists the mileage on the item. All in all, pretty legit but I was suspicious. That's when I found another user's post with the exact same pics. Just be careful out there guys. FYI the user's name is cobraeater81 but obviously with no posts or feedback it's easy to change names. Watch out for these cats, bad news.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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Just tried to get me to send Western Union. Harder to track I guess.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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he just sent me a pm on an item i also had in the wtb forum, with pics and a very low price... also told me he didnt accept paypal.
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Let an admin know. Hopefully the guy used his home computer and didn't hide his ip address. That way they can either ban it or find out all the other s/n's he uses.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
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he had me going too. with a pretty newbie status, i looked him up, sure glad i found this. i woulda been out some cash!
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Just tried to sell me an MS4, glad I'm not an impulsive buyer anymore....
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Somebody scam bait this guy
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:59 AM   #8
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I just read the rules of this forum (I know, should have read before posting), but I just wanted to warn everybody about this technique, not necessarily complain about the 1 user. It was better than I've ever seen.

Glad to hear others may have benefitted and keep watching out guys.
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He is using my exact pics of my cousins converter i pocted hereBuild 1999 trans Am heads cam
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uhh,hes from indiana according to his profile,prob. that Aaron Bean piece of ****,he should get skullf*cked and sent to nigeria
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uhh,hes from indiana according to his profile,prob. that Aaron Bean piece of ****,he should get skullf*cked and sent to nigeria
That ************ is still on here!!?? I remember years ago that piece of **** scammed a whole bunch of people. That **** sucker needs to get a ******* job, or get railed by big black ***** in jail so he can learn his lesson!
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #12
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Can somebody please post a picture that he tried using on you? I'm interested in trying to see if there's a way to check where he's getting them. Thanks.
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Can somebody please post a picture that he tried using on you? I'm interested in trying to see if there's a way to check where he's getting them. Thanks.
EDIT: Same guy, cobraeater81

I posted a WTB for a Edelbrock 2908 and some other small things. Within an hour I had a response, with one for $500...almost double retail. I thought this might have been one for L92s, and that could have justified the price. I see later that he included pictures in the first response, so I googled "2908 intake ports" and saw the SAME pictures, on this forum...from 2005. The address of the pics in the PM sent me back to a 73-ls1.com in the folder of someone elses website:

http://73-ls1.com/ SUPER73 /Intake /top02.jpg

Theres several folders if you back up, looks like a nice build. I did not look around enough to see if anyone was in any of them, nor did I notice any folders that looked like they would contain images of anything BUT a build.

Regardless, he wouldnt take paypal, said he got scammed for about $740 sometime in the past. I offered a post office money order, provided he would sign for it, as delivered by the post office. No response.

I *did* send $75.00 to someone ALSO in Indiana, box is on the way per usps.com, for delivery sometime this week. Should I not get what I was supposed to, I will post a user name, phone number, and paypal information. FWIW, the one I sent the money one to was a business.

We shall see...
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #14
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Thanks for the reply. I think it's always smart to do a quick Google search when sending money blindly to a stranger online. PayPal has kind of made us numb to this. A good way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to do a little homework.

1. Do a search for that image using a search engine like TinEye (http://www.tineye.com). You upload an image and it tells you where it is posted online. It's a useful tool though not 100% reliable. It did not work for the image referenced by LXinMS http://73-ls1.com/SUPER73/Intake/top02.jpg but you can try it and it's pretty decent and seeing who lifts your pics.

2. Download the picture and read the EXIF data from it. Windows 7 does this natively by viewing the picture details from that image above like this:

Click the image to open in full size.

3. Get on the phone and talk with the person!
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:36 AM   #15
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Can somebody please post a picture that he tried using on you? I'm interested in trying to see if there's a way to check where he's getting them. Thanks.
Here are two of them:
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Click the image to open in full size.

After looking at the image address I noticed that they were from a Photobucket album and decided to look into that further. That's when I realized they were from another thread on this forum just 2 months ago (see post #9 in this thread for link).

He just takes other people's pics, then makes up a story. Here's what he PM'ed me:
"i have a yank ss3600 for sale, i dont have a paypal so i figured id let you know this upfront so local pickup would be preferred but if u cant pick it up i have no problem shipping it we would just have to figure out a different way to send the money. The stall is basicly new has about 1.5k miles on it, works great still have original box and paperwork. Wrecked my car and am parting out all my aftermarket stuff. LMK what you think either way please."
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:40 AM   #16
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uhh,hes from indiana according to his profile,prob. that Aaron Bean piece of ****,he should get skullf*cked and sent to nigeria
Yup, didn't want to call him out by name, but that's the one.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:19 PM   #17
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I would say as a safe measure to always post up your pics with your screen name on them.
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I just replied to another thread like this, about the same guy, in the Parts Wanted section of the classifieds. I was just about to finalize a deal with him for some injectors, but luckily I ran across these threads. I didn't get as far as sending money thankfully, but we did exchange info.
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Here are two of them:
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That is definitely my converter.
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:56 AM   #20
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I banned him. Thanks for looking out guys.
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