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Yes, this is a common scam. The messages usually come from overseas. I even had one person offer to sell me a brand new item just like the one that was being offered. What was the original item? A double bell euphonium!
I always report these messages to ebay security. They have found that in a number of cases ebay member's IDs had been hijacked.
Several months ago I received a call from a fellow who claimed he received a '2nd chance' offer from ME. I traced the perpentrator to Romania! This clown even copied the pictures of my horns from Ebay. It's very easy to access the bidder information and send them bogus messages. Don't EVER send money to ANYONE until you know who you are dealing with.
Yeah, it's a scam. I got burned BADLY just like that. I was going to buy a Strad trumpet and placed a bid. Well, I was outbid, but someone in england sent me an e-mail. Well, to make a long story short, he/she wanted a $300 deposit. It was a sad christmas...
I still wanna beat the hell out of that person. Perhaps I'll make a trip to England sometime...
Last month a cerveny was up for auction on ebay, and at the time I saw it the price was real low. I made two bids, neither one a winner. Later I recieved a second chance offer for my lower bid. Before I used the sense born to a fly I was trying to get together enough money to make the payment. Fortunately I live in the sticks and there is no western union facilities close so I had to wait for a few days before I could send the money.
While waiting I realized I never once : 1) logged into ebay using a password, 2) confirmed my acceptance of the deal other than by email, or 3) read any mumbo-jumbo about my agreement was a contract, etc.
Thats when it hit me. I would be sending money via western union that anyone could pick up and it would have been very unlikely that a horn would have appeared on my door at some later date.
Once I didn't follow up on the scam, a few days later, a different email address was used and I recieved a second second chance offer based on my other bid!
I didn't get burned, but had I lived in a more metropolitan area I might have. I was very anxious to get a horn for a good deal.
eBay is scam city.
My tuba was discovered there by a TubeNet reader when the pawn shop put it up about a month after it was stolen.
There's a Japanese-spec Honda Civic engine there right now with a $1000 reserve, which seems great because this particular motor goes for about $5000.
There are tons of genuine sellers & bidders, but the bad ones make me VERY wary.
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