« on: March 25, 2012, 03:33:49 AM »
I had a similar experience on Amazon. About 6 months ago I spotted a brand new 5D Mark II for $1700. The camera was listed under an Amazon account that sold Fragrances and Scents they also had a stellar scorecard. I wrote to this seller and they replied stating they got it as a gift but had no use for it. They requested my email address stating they would send instruction on how to pay with Western Union which was the first red flag. I replied with my email in hopes only to trap their IP address. I followed their game and figured out what they were doing. They hacked a legitimate seller on Amazon, used their account to bait a suspected buyer. Once the hacker got the email via Amazon email account, he requested use of the victim's email address. The hacker wrote me and I recorded his IP address in the header of the email and did a trace to find out he was using an ISP (internet service provider) in NY. I called their support team and reported to them the scam and IP and they closed the account. Wouldn't you know it, the hacker opens another email account with the same ISP and writes me again. This went on several times until finally he was shut down for good. This assures the old adage, if it's too good to be true it probably is. Hopefully I saved a few people from getting taken by this scammer.