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ag1234
Arthur Gertz

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Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: ag1234
Date: January 20, 2024 08:32PM

I was duped out of $570. trough Zelle, "Bradley 924" and @#$%& Maguire ! I stupidly relied on a link from Bradley to purchase TA
Rover heads. The crooks are out there ! Art.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 20, 2024 09:02PM

Here on this forum, Art?


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: January 21, 2024 09:26AM

For $574? Art. You really should have known better.

Jim


ag1234
Arthur Gertz

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: ag1234
Date: January 21, 2024 12:10PM

Carl, yes "Bradley 924" on this forum. Of course he is long gone. Jim, you should known better. It was $570. Neener neener,


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Brian Macmillan
Seattle
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09/26/2008 12:39PM

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72 MGB Roadster Rover 4L

Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: BriansMGBV8
Date: January 21, 2024 12:31PM

Im assuming the pm to you went like, I know a guy who has heads for sale. Email him at

Also, never, never use Zelle unless you know them. I always use PayPal which backs your money.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 21, 2024 09:18PM

I can not find a Bradley 924 on here. Maybe Curtis has removed him.


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dave cox

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SD1

Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: turbodave
Date: January 22, 2024 11:32AM

Seems like anyone who has ever put a wanted ad on here gets an email like this. I had contacted Curtis (the moderator here) about this, and he said he would nuke him, but I just looked and the PM from Bradlye924 is still there in my inbox - screenshot here.

Curtis - if you read this, is there no ability for all PMs sent from nuked users to be deleted?

For all others, my one assured way of making sure things are real, is to ask for a picture of the item with a random object of YOUR choosing placed on top of / next to it. Could be a pen, a mug, a set of keys - the kind of 100% everyday stuff that absolutely any normal person will have in-hand. If they can't provide something so incredibly simple, it's almost assured the item doesn't exist.
Now, that's not to say just because it exists you won't get scammed, but 95% (or more) of the times, this is the case.
You can also ask for a number to speak with the person, but this usually raises reasons why that's not possible - phone audio is broken, etc. Alarm bells should now be ringing loudly!

If they do manage to convince you the item is real, and insist on payment via Zelle, or paypal friends and family, then it's likely a scam. You have ZERO come-back with these payment options.

I always insist on paying with paypal, but state that I will send extra 6% to cover the fees (which don't get charged with friends&family), and then they will start squirming, and coming up with other reasons. That is the point alarm bells start ringing, and your only course of action at this point is to ignore and block them or start messing with them to waste their time.


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ag1234
Arthur Gertz

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: ag1234
Date: January 23, 2024 06:03PM

Same line for the heads. Of course there was picture of heads and nothing else. How about picture with " @#$%&'s" drivers license ?
Thanks Dave.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 23, 2024 10:18PM

Thanks for the PSA, Dave. It's treacherous out there!


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 24, 2024 04:00AM

Quote:
Curtis - if you read this, is there no ability for all PMs sent from nuked users to be deleted?

I can either delete or deactivate a user's account... but neither of these actions will delete already-posted messages.

I chose to deactivate Bradlye924 back on 12/7/2023 because (a) that way I can review their information such as email address later, and (b) they won't be able to come back later and register the username or email address again.

Another thing I can do (and have done many times) is proactively block whole or partial usernames and email addresses. For example, I could block anyone from including "Bradlye" within a username regardless of what suffix they put on it.

If anyone is curious, Bradlye924 used email address "curtiscutter@proton.me" back when they registered their username.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 24, 2024 04:11AM

In Dave's screenshot above, I see the email address Tobay-Maguire@outlook.com (except with that first part spelled with an "e".)

So just now I set up a ban on that first word. If someone writes it in a message board post now, it should be converted to look like a swear word appears in a comic strip. I'm not sure whether the ban applies to the private message system.

Anyway... here's a test: @#$%&-Maguire@outlook.com

I'm going to set up a ban on that other weird name too. The one that ends "monkey".



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/2024 04:14AM by Moderator.


ag1234
Arthur Gertz

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: ag1234
Date: January 26, 2024 02:46PM

Curtis, I wonder if I have any legal recourse ? My bank/Chase and Zelle are not interested in justice.
Thanks, Art.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 26, 2024 03:58PM

For justice to be served, the person or business that defrauded you would have to be positively identified.

I don't think you'll discover the real identity of Bradley 924 on your own. Zelle could probably do so with relative ease, but Zelle was created by banks for banks, so they're only interested in protecting themselves and banks. Don't waste your time going after them. Even if you discover who Bradley 924 was, there's not much you could do with that. I think all you can do is learn from the experience, share your learning, and move on.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Beware of FRAUD !
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 27, 2024 09:56AM

If you actually knew the identity, you could possibly sue them in Small Claims court.


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