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I got fooled 2 years ago when I got back to LEGO, also on the GC, however the seller never sent anything and I got my money back..
Edit: Did I say Duplo? It wasn't even Duplo it was Mega-Bloks.....
I wonder if that means that ebay just absorbed the loss and the culprit got away with it?
Every little amount of profit they lose, will hopefully make them avert more time, effort, and money to stopping people before they can scam someone else. It wasn't much, obviously, but those pennies, and hundreds of dollars, start adding up, and perhaps eBay will take notice.
Very glad to hear you got your money back @Renny!
I don't think the scammer is using his real info, but public information available in directories. With just the name on the paypal account of the seller that my friend gave me, I was able to find the address associated with the name. I did the same thing with "austin kincaid" and found also found a public address.
Didn't realize this scam was this huge, looks like it's pretty common now.
It took me three minutes to discover. It's preposterous that eBay doesn't have an automated program to sniff this stuff out.
I feel sorry for whoever bought this:
I grabbed a MMV set off ebay last month for $90 shipped. It wasn't a great savings, but I knew the set was being retired and didn't want to hold out any longer. I thought it was a little strange when it arrived direct from [email protected] The package even contained the Legend Of Chima freebie from last month. It seemed strange, but I thought maybe the seller purchased it with VIP rewards or something. I should have known something was sketchy and now I feel like an idiot after reading this thread. I called Lego tonight and sure enough... They have requested that I send the item back since it is unopened. I sat on the phone with eBay for over an hour pleading my case so that I could get a refund. The transaction was over 45 days ago so Buyer Protection is expired. They agreed for a one time allowance though as long as I provide some documentation from the TLG stating that they did in fact request this item back. So... I'm out my set, but I will at least get my $$$ back. I will probably be hard pressed to pick this set up at $90 now that it is officially retired and sold out everywhere so I'm still the loser in the end.
As a side note: I asked Lego if I could just pay them and keep the set and they said nope. The representative told me this set will never be sold since it has been involved in a fraud case. Almost like it needs to be kept as evidence or something the like. I also asked if they would have wanted the set back if it had been opened or built to which they also said No. Does that seem a little off to anyone else? I'm not sure why it would matter if it had been opened or not if it is never to be resold.
^^ this has to be to good to be true, but I sent an email seeing if i could just meet him and pick it up, maybe I will get lucky an it be real...
I have a problem between ebay and paypal, i always got the error message "Return to merchant and try a different payment method" after login in paypal for the payment. I take a look to paypal, they recommend that you create an invoice for me in paypal. Could you please do this for this order? My email is "xxxxxxxxx at hot mxxx dot com".
The guys ebay account is brand new as of today which makes me suspicious as he says this has happened before. Also him suggesting doing something outside through paypal sounds fishy. I also doubt there would be any problems between paypal and ebay seeing as how they go hand in hand.
So any insight into this would be great. If you think it is a scam, etc. and what should I do?
If you wanted to accept a payment outside of Paypal, I would only accept a money order(no checks), and tell them that you will only ship the minifigs once the MO clears. But that's your call.
If they give you any grief, tell Ebay immediately, and cancel the bid/auction if possible. If they try to give you bad feedback, you should be able to win a dispute.
I'm sure there are others who have more and better opinions/advice.
Paypal have had a problem in the last couple of days with merchant links so I don't think it is a scam. Paypal can also be a bit flaky and hard to use for new buyers remember.
It's not a problem sending either a money request or invoice through paypal to the person's paypal account.
The scam that IS similar to this one is when you get an email from a buyer stating that they are having a problem paying and they provide a hotlink with the item number which then asks you to sign into your ebay account - THAT is the scam part to get your ebay account details.
Hope that helped.
I was initially suspicious because of the new user and him asking to complete it outside of Ebay. I am not sure where the scam is it just seemed fishy to me so I thought I would get some input from you guys. In case you guys have had something similar happen.
I am just going to go through with it is a small risk anyways. Thanks for the input.
Craigslist Buying 101
Meet face to face in neutral area
See the item
Inspect the item thoroughly
Pay in cash
If you do anything else, you will be burned. It's not a question of if, it's a matter of when.
If I'm incorrect, perhaps the OP can clarify more. :o)
Not that I disagree :)
The thing with Paypal is that if the item is less than $250 a signature is not required. So, the scam works like this: Let's say you bought and paid <$250 for a Lego set via Paypal. The seller will then ship a letter or postcard or whatever to another address within your same zipcode through USPS. The tracking number will show that the seller did ship something and it will show as delivered since the mailman will just drop it off in the mailbox. The tracking for USPS is so bad that they only confirm that it was delivered to that zip code and not the address.
When I contacted the USPS office they were not able to tell me the exact address it was delivered to. So now the seller has proof that he shipped something and that it was delivered. Since it is less than $250 Paypal/ebay will close the case and rule in the sellers favor without even reading your defense.
Even when I pointed out that the item shipped was done via first class and weighed 2 oz when the set I bought was at least 5 pounds and impossible to ship via USPS. Like I said they only refunded me because I appealed and got a hold of a customer rep who cared.
So, long story short...the fraudster makes off with the cash. It's very worthwhile for them, as long as they don't get caught.
Sad but true...
Do you guys think this is a scam and I should look else where for the set? Here is the post.
Has various recent auctions ended for multiple Maersk trains, QAR and WTS - no buyers have left feedback yet. Looks a little fishy but could be a reseller starting out ???