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What?? A SCAM INVOLVING A CANON T3i??
« on: July 23, 2011, 03:42:03 PM »
This past week I was enjoying a leisurely vacation in cool pines of Northern Arizona with my wife and the brood.

As I usually do on such trips, I check in with the local Craigslist and take a quick look at the photo/video section to see what's up (or '"sup" as the kids say).

So I did my normal due diligence and low and behold, much to my surprise, a new-in-the-box-never-been-used Canon T3i was for sale at a little over $400. The seller listed the camera in the 3 different ads on 3 different days in the same photo/video category (which, btw, is a Craigslist "no-no"):

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But I overlooked this transgression and since I cannot could not pass up a great deal, I replied to each of the 3 blind craigslist email  addresses (each ad generates a unique address) and asked to meet them to see it (there was no phone number listed).

In fact, I sent messages for 3 consecutive days and got no answer, so I assumed the camera was no longer available and the seller was too lazy/clueless to delete the listings.

Then several days later (to make a long story even longer), I received 3 emails (each originating from the 3 addresses) from three different people -- but each email said the same thing:

"Hey, Sorry for replying so late..i just met someone up and sold it
If your still trying to find one at a discount, i found mine at  "This Site".
They still have the 4th of july promo for 10 free bids and i just signed up and won.
Trick i found was to bid only when counter hits 4 seconds.
hope i was able to help
regards"

"This Site" was a link to an online auction site.  All three emails were identical, but with different sender names.

Gee whiliakers... a scam to direct me to an auction site ... Whoda-thunk?

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What?? A SCAM INVOLVING A CANON T3i??
« on: July 23, 2011, 03:42:03 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 08:15:31 PM »
This is very common, and there is a wave of them going around.  Its suprising how many fall for the too good to be true prices they advertise.  I don't even bother when I see ads like that, and they appear almost every day around here.


I think that the perps are being paid by the number of hits or referals to a auction site or store.

I used to find some great deals on photo equipment locally, but those have mostly gone away, but not totally.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 01:55:18 AM »
This is very common, and there is a wave of them going around.  Its suprising how many fall for the too good to be true prices they advertise.  I don't even bother when I see ads like that, and they appear almost every day around here.


I think that the perps are being paid by the number of hits or referals to a auction site or store.

I used to find some great deals on photo equipment locally, but those have mostly gone away, but not totally.

Yes, Craigslist scams in general are common; Every time I post something for sale I get at least one scam email. But I had never seen Craigslist used in this manner before. Some nefarious effort and devious thought went into this one.

In fact, I wonder if anyone on the cr list has ever been successful purchasing camera equipment at the crazy prices  these online auction outlets advertise. I have never tried ... nor don't think I ever would.

The FBI busted one locally earlier this year, they were inserting fake bids to keep the $$ coming in.  I keep far away from them, but there are those who actually think you can get something for nothing, and speend thousands to prove it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 05:30:03 AM »
I've never had any dealing with craigslist, being an aussie, but i've seen a few on ebay (which does pride itself on having cleaned up a lot of scams compared to when it started).

i saw an EF 14/2.8 going for cheap, starting at $1 auction, and put it on my watchlist. I would have bid on it, but the seller was in Thailand, with a 0 feedback rating (auction was in aussie dollars, and listed on ebay.com.au). It finished around $1400 (c.f. B&H new price $2300), and I kept it in my watch list. Whoever the buyer was, they never left positive feedback to the seller, not sure if they received it or not. Either way, after a few months, the seller was listed as 'no longer a registered user'. I know ebay say you're protected, but generally only $400, and with fees and whatnot you never get back the full amount.

Same thing recently, a Zeiss T* 35/2 went for $757, to a seller from china with 0 rating. I was planning to watch the item again for a few months to see if it had a happy ending, but it seems not already, the seller is -1 feedback with the comment "This seller sold the item through another netshop the day after I won the bid". So at the least it looks like this buyer didn't lose any money.
It's a bit similar to the craglist scam though, could have easily turned into a "but i've got another lens i can sell you...".

long story short, always check feedback from sellers, especially if you're handing over a lot of cash (only pay $1-2 max for every positive feedback they've got is my rule).
and if it's too good to be true, it normally is...
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Re: What?? A SCAM INVOLVING A CANON T3i??
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 12:12:40 PM »
I've never had any dealing with craigslist, being an aussie, but i've seen a few on ebay (which does pride itself on having cleaned up a lot of scams compared to when it started).


I use Craigslist here locally in the usa, its great to buy and sell personal items, but not so good for photography or other high end items that scammers favor.  I've sold a lot of photography equipment on craigslist over the years, but in the last 6 mo to a year, ebay has been far better.

and Yes, ebay has a lot fewer scammers buying and selling.  I sell omn ebay a lot, but I buy elsewhere.

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011, 11:32:37 PM »
I use Craigslist here locally in the usa, its great to buy and sell personal items, but not so good for photography or other high end items that scammers favor.  I've sold a lot of photography equipment on craigslist over the years, but in the last 6 mo to a year, ebay has been far better.

I've had reasonable luck with Craigslist over the past two years.  I've found some stellar deals on L lenses - my personal policy is that I won't buy a lens for more than 70% of current retail cost, which allows me the flexibility to re-sell if I decide I don't want to keep the lens.  Last year, I picked up a 200mm f/2.8L II for $475, and then a 300mm f/4L IS for $750 (both of which I subesquently resold for a profit), and I am currently considering a 24-70mm f/2.8L for $1000.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 01:14:29 AM »
I use Craigslist here locally in the usa, its great to buy and sell personal items, but not so good for photography or other high end items that scammers favor.  I've sold a lot of photography equipment on craigslist over the years, but in the last 6 mo to a year, ebay has been far better.

I've had reasonable luck with Craigslist over the past two years.  I've found some stellar deals on L lenses - my personal policy is that I won't buy a lens for more than 70% of current retail cost, which allows me the flexibility to re-sell if I decide I don't want to keep the lens.  Last year, I picked up a 200mm f/2.8L II for $475, and then a 300mm f/4L IS for $750 (both of which I subesquently resold for a profit), and I am currently considering a 24-70mm f/2.8L for $1000.

Yes, I will not pay more than 70% of retail.

 I did pick up a pair of lenses that duplicated ones I already owned, a 35mm L and a135mm L as a package deal for $1600 this spring, a few days after the Japan earthquake.  Six or eight weeks later, I sold them on ebay separately for a lot more, about $2350.  Those types of deals used to be common, but are pretty scarce now.  I did also find a nice used 28mm f/2.8 for $20.  It was a excellent performing lens, but gone now for 10X the price.  You have to be very quick and with cash to get a deal. 

I also bought a extensive Hasselblad system off craigslist for $1700 this spring, all with original boxes, three Zeiss (2)distagon T* and one Zeiss Sonnar T* lenses, and almost every accessory Hasselblad offered, all like new.

I bought a Hasselblad to Canon adapter and tried the lenses on my 5D MK II and 1D MK III, but, in spite of the wonderful smooth focusing, I could not focus accurately enough to get really sharp photos, so I've pretty much sold it all, I was sad to see it go, but it paid for my refurb 7D with 15-85mm lens and change to buy a 17-55mm if I want.  Those old Zeiss Distagon lenses are sharp on a Medium format body, but not up to modern DSLR lenses.

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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 01:06:56 PM »
You gotta' love those scams... (can you see the sarcasm in my font choice??)

I was recently selling my 50D on amazon marketplace. This was my first time selling something on there, so I had no previous experiences with this other than purchasing directly from amazon which has always been a great experience. I listed my camera, and within 24hrs of being on there, I had someone send me a question about the condition through the amazon site, and a request to reply directly to their personal email as it would be faster for them to respond. So I answered the question and also added that I did not plan on doing any transaction outside of amazon itself. Their response was that they were going to purchase the product through amazon, and to please ship ASAP as it was for a present.

An hour or so later I receive an email from "Amazon.payments@accounts.com". The email was identical to the emails amazon sends me, from the HTML headers to the "A-Z Guarantee" logos. It stated my information, the amount of money that was "paid" to my account (the exact amount it was listed for) and the address to ship it to. When I saw that part, I noticed it was asking me to send to Nigeria. That was my big red flag, considering I had not made my camera available for international orders. I quickly logged into amazon to find my item still for sale.

Now you might ask yourself, why don't you just check your bank account for the funds paid?? Well, amazon collects the money from the purchaser and it is held in your account until you request a disbursement which takes a few days as it is. I later also realized the emails that come from amazon are to end with @amazon.com no matter what department is sending the message. It might sound like common sense, but you would be surprised at how smooth this scam was. Very high tech, very elaborate.


Long story short, I ended up leaving the listing on there and it sold a week later, with no issues. I received the emails from amazon notifying me of the sale, I logged in and double checked the sale and funds and all was clear. It was shipped to NJ, and I avoided shipping a free camera to some low life in Nigeria. Also they were reported to amazon, so hopefully there aren't too many of those scams floating around.

Hope my close call can help someone avoid the same scam.  :)

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2011, 02:05:06 PM »
You have to be on your toes in the electronic market place. 

I'm glad to hear you did not fall for it.

I suscribe to a online scam forum for credit cards, they publish drop shipment addresses, and one day, one showed up in a small town just up the road.  The person involved had been suckered into reshipping packages, and was going to take all the heat.

I called the county Sheriffs office, (a large well over 1 million population county), and their "one" guy that understands internet stuff was on vacation, and no one else had any idea of the scam.  It is pretty sad as to how slow law enforcement has been.

The sheriffs department could have helped him from getting in deeper if they had reacted quickly.  Its much preferrable to help someone who was tricked into a drop ship scam than to arrest him later.

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2011, 02:45:18 PM »
I've tried to jump on deals on eBay recently, but haven't landed any because of conservative bidding.  A pawn shop in Florida listed a XSi, and I recognized a TS-E 24mm I (and a couple others) also in the pictures.  I wasn't the only one to notice it, because it ended up going for $1800.  Easily $2000-2200 in used equipment, I think it was around $4000 MSRP, but the age of the XSi, and the release of the 24mm II definitely have brought the used prices down.

Also saw a nearly NIB 60D (and kit lens) listed as a D60, I bid with 2 seconds left, and the winner got it for $405.  Wish I would have put it in 20 seconds earlier and had time to react, even at $800 it would have been a steal.
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 03:09:46 PM »
I've had reasonable success with ebay and craigslist but you have to be educated in your purchases and use common sense.  In the early days of ebay universities did studies on how people would OVERBID because of the "heat of the moment" bidding and the "i got to have this" rather than thinking of how much it really is worth and your limits on what your willing to spend.  With ebay you can see ratings and get a better idea how reputable a seller is whereas craigslist is more anonymous so extra precaution needs to be taken such as seeing the item before handing over money.  There are great deals out there but you need to do your homework first. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2011, 10:05:04 AM »
CNN Money:
"Internet scam artists are more effective than you think" / "Low-tech Internet scams harvest billions of dollars"

(It makes me laugh when CNN Money speaks of fake antivirus popups as a "relatively new scheme" but the history of scams is very old indeed...I'm reminded of the story about P.T. Barnum's infamous "Egress" exhibit.)

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2011, 12:50:24 PM »
"You can't cheat an honest man; never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump."  - "Larsen E. Whipsnade"  ;)

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 01:28:39 PM »
I've managed to avoid issues with eBay both on selling and buying. But then, my eBay account has been about for about 10 years and has 100% feedback, and I only bid on auctions from people with similar histories. I've never gotten an earth-shatteringly great deal, but the prices usually end up just about fair.

I list my items all starting at $1 and going for 5 days, with many photos and a full, detailed text description. I've never been disappointed by an auction's final price.

You guys talk highly of Craigslist deals (so long as scams are avoided), so I may have to start checking that out too.

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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 05:26:03 PM »

You guys talk highly of Craigslist deals (so long as scams are avoided), so I may have to start checking that out too.

It does depend on the area you live in.  There are some areas i'd not use it to buy or sell, but I am in a rather old fashioned town, so we mostly get the Nigerian scammers wanting to buy or sell, and they are easy to spot.  As long as you meet someone at their bank, your bank, or another safe place, the risks are pretty low.

Don't let anyone come to your house, for example, when you are selling expensive gear. You may be robbed then or later they might come back with a truck while you are gone.

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