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Old 23-06-2021, 06:21 PM
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Scam?

I'd like to alert fellow IIS members to what I think is a scam on this forum.
In March I answered an ad by a long term member and a member of the Victorian Astro Society. Being a teacher and with many posts I thought it was safe to buy from this person. After asking for the payment details I paid for the item at the end of March. My follow up emails remained unanswered and I found out that the item was withdrawn after I paid (beginning of April). I never the received the item or had my money returned. This is disappointing since I had many positive transactions and never any problems. If the seller changes his mind and withdraws the item it's ok but at least the seller should return the money in my opinion, otherwise it is theft and a criminal offense. Should I alert the moderators? What do others think?

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Old 23-06-2021, 06:42 PM
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https://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/....php?f=15&a=10

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Old 23-06-2021, 06:48 PM
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Even if the buyer does none of that, it doesn't mean it's okay for the 'seller' to keep the money. It's breaking the contract of sale. This is what VCAT was invented for. But also, assuming you paid via paypal or Credit Card, you can start a dispute through their resolution channels.


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Old 23-06-2021, 09:49 PM
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If you have a record of the transaction including emails and pm's then you have some recourse with your bank and VCAT
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Old 23-06-2021, 10:10 PM
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Dear Michael,

If it’s a long time member here, you should post their details openly in this thread. It might clear up any unknowing errors or protect others.

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Old 24-06-2021, 06:42 AM
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Absolutely, just name and shame them.

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Old 24-06-2021, 07:41 AM
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Is that member still active? Maybe he was in a car accident or for some reasonable reason can not answer your emails...but if he has taken your money you deserve to receive the goods or have your cash returned.
There are usually two sides to a story it would be great if we could hear the other side.
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Old 24-06-2021, 09:19 AM
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That sucks mate. Hope you didn’t get done for too much.
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Old 24-06-2021, 09:32 AM
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Since the member is in Vic, who knows with all the COVID gaff going on down there.

If it is who I think it is, good luck, and may the Force be With You.
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Old 24-06-2021, 07:17 PM
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I did a search using withdrawn as a tag and by process of elimination I think I found who the person may be, checked their stats and they last visited early april
Was it an expensive item?
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Old 24-06-2021, 08:56 PM
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Seems to still be active on the bike forums and posting rides.
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Old 24-06-2021, 09:43 PM
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Maybe he was hacked, who knows. If it is just few $$$, who cares.
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Old 25-06-2021, 01:17 AM
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Maybe he was hacked, who knows. If it is just few $$$, who cares.
I suggest the person who started the thread...is that not entirely apparent?
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Old 25-06-2021, 02:49 AM
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I read those recommendations when I first joined, and have never followed a single one of them. In the scores of transactions I've been involved with here, everyone has been superb, with some going beyond just the transactions and being extremely helpful when I was buying for a newbie friend.

No wonder the OP is disappointed. It is very sad.
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Old 25-06-2021, 07:33 AM
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Seems to still be active on the bike forums and posting rides.
Maybe they bought a new bike with proceeds?
...sorry bad form I know.

In all honesty, Iím all for posting these types of stories in their entirety to give both parties the opportunity for right of reply.
It allows the communityís to make an informed judgement on who they would do business with.
......it also shows any would be shonky seller/buyer they will be exposed if they do the wrong thing.
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Old 25-06-2021, 08:21 AM
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I don’t know who the suggested or implied member is, and don’t understand why we need to be detectives. If there is a genuine problem why not just come out with specific details. The Op has been very quiet.

Im puzzled why a long time member and regular poster would act in this manner. If I was alerting a scam, then I would…alert the scam!
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