Just need advice

Discussion in 'Tips/Tricks & Trolls' started by noclevername, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. noclevername

    noclevername Limp Gawd

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    So I have a thread in FSFT and I got a message on one of the items. Not sure if I should ignore or anything needs to be looked at really.

    Personal info redacted.

    He messaged me this:

    Thanks for the sweet deals!

    How do I make this out for the SSD shipped to *****?

    My paypal is *removed*

    Ppreciate your time.

    The guy had his account since 2012, 24 message count, no heat. No activity in over a year.

    I plan on just ignoring, but is this something that needs to be looked into or is it just a no harm no foul situation?
     
  2. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    There's a fine balance between being new and building heatware, references, etc. and being a scammer. The non-mastery of English would lead me to believe a scammer or from a country you're not going to ship to anyway. I would ignore.
     
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  3. noclevername

    noclevername Limp Gawd

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    That's part of the only reason I made the post. The grammar and way things were written was definitely off-putting to say the least.
     
  4. Pringle

    Pringle 2[H]4U

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    24-post count is an insta-ignore. Grammar or no grammar.
     
  5. DPOSCORP

    DPOSCORP [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I would say need payment via USPS Postal Money order, and they have 4 business days to get it to you.

    After 4 days, I move on.

    If a scammer, then no worries.
    I a honest newby buyer, then payment arrives in 4 days, I cash it at the post office, and I mail the stuff off.
    (I also encourage them to start a heatware account)

    We have lots of scammer, but also a few honest newbs who dont speak english well.
     
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  6. usyed1

    usyed1 Gawd

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    LOL. I did this for my first trade ever on hardforum years ago for a Toshiba laptop i purchased. And the person I sent the money order to was DPOSCORP

    I have 2 kids now lmao.
     
  7. noclevername

    noclevername Limp Gawd

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    He has a heatware account no feedback, no alias listed on the account either. I plan on just ignoring, just thought I would get some input.

    I understand where you are saying as I was once and still am new.
     
  8. groebuck

    groebuck 2[H]4U

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    msg him back asking him what he meant and a clearer message -
     
  9. Gillbot

    Gillbot [H]ardness Supreme

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    I still send MO's to DPOS!
     
  10. DPOSCORP

    DPOSCORP [H]ardForum Junkie

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    You guys are funny.
    But the truth is, if the guy is legit, you encourage him to start with money orders, make some electronics payment account, encourage them to use heatware, and next thing you know, BAM! Another good trader in the mix.

    Then they turn in to guys like usyed1 and Gillbot, and I ship first to them no worries.
    You get enough good traders like that in the mix, and then you have a lot more people you can deal with and not have any worries.
     
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  11. noclevername

    noclevername Limp Gawd

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    He sent this last week. Just give me your thoughts. I will message him with the offer for money order and see what he says.

    Hey Brudda!

    Haven't heard from ya yet, thought I'd check in.

    The hurricane's set to come through my part of Miami in the coming days, so I might be out of internet.

    This is a purchase for my kid's PC, A small SSD is all he'll need for Minecraft and Rocket League.

    Lemme know if you prefer any other payment methods, I'm in no rush, just takes long af in the morning to boot up his i5 2500k hand me down.

    I don't have much of a history here, but I have a good eBay account and don't have a problem verifying who I am with ya.

    Lemme know if you're still interested in this deal, Have a kickass day amigo! :)
     
  12. Guarana [BAWLS]

    Guarana [BAWLS] Bad in Bed

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    Him using Paypal F&F also covers your ass pretty well.

    Since F&F has no take-backsies.
     
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  13. thesmokingman

    thesmokingman [H]ardness Supreme

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    It weirds me out a lil when strangers act like they know me.

    They enabled the CC option on F&F, so can still be charged back. But I concur its a positive sign I think.
     
  14. harddud

    harddud Limp Gawd

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    OP, the general rule for these situations is if you have to ask ... well, you know the rest.
     
  15. noclevername

    noclevername Limp Gawd

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    But does it hurt to get second opinions?
     
  16. usyed1

    usyed1 Gawd

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    Not true, and I say this only for your own knowledge because I got conned this way.

    Paypal gift can be reversed fairly easily (even a gift using paypal balance or bank account).

    They just have to call paypal customer service and say, hey my house was unaccessible/being fumigated/under repairs, for the last 2 weeks, and I've been using paypal from a starbucks. Today I just noticed an unauthorized paypal gift payment of XXXX amount to XYZ email, that I didn't make I don't know whats going on but it definitely wasn't me... (says dumbly) could it have been because I've been using starbucks unsecured wifi network for the last week? (says dumbly again) am I protected for unauthorized charges on my paypal?

    An hour later the money is back in their account.

    Yeah...

    Whats worse, theirs no dispute process for gift payments. So when they ARE reversed, you don't get any notice of a paypal dispute, it just reverses the transaction entirely and now all of a sudden you have a negative balance.

    Source, I had this happen to me for $600 about 9 months ago.
    I've had a Paypal premier business account since 2008... I too thought paypal gift was relatively safe. Its not, they can dispute it almost as easily as paypal goods.

    With paypal its always 100% risk for seller, and 0% risk for buyer. Vett the people who you sell to, because it matters a hell of a lot more.
     
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  17. thesmokingman

    thesmokingman [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, that's messed up man.