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Old 12-07-2021, 03:19 AM
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After agreeing to purchase a gtn 650 in the classifieds, I received the following pm from a different vaf member username gravity with 0 post count. Is there a standard means of reporting scammers?:

Not sure if you got to buy as i got one for sale

$6000 shipped

Payment - Cashapp/Zelle

In my stage 3 cancer and supposed to undergo surgery in a few days..

Procedure - 50% deposit while balance to be paid after you have received item

closedorchidsllc@gmail.com
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:32 AM
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This is the same modus operanda of scammer I dealt with. Same cancer excuse, free shipping and poor grammar. Guess his Venmo acct is still locked down so wants you to use Cashapp/Zelle. DO NOT do business with this guy. Mods, lock him out if it’s who I think it is please.
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:53 AM
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A 650 for $6k would have been my first clue.
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:58 AM
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‘Gravity’ account banned and locked down by the admin.

Thanks for the PIREP.

The info at https://vansairforce.net/UsingTheCla...uggestions.htm will help you identify and deal with scammers in this world - thanks in advance for making yourself familiar with it. It could save you some money and frustration (on this and other boards).

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Old 12-07-2021, 10:44 AM
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Yes - absolute scam.
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Old 12-07-2021, 07:27 PM
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After agreeing to purchase a gtn 650 in the classifieds, I received the following pm from a different vaf member username gravity with 0 post count. Is there a standard means of reporting scammers?:

Not sure if you got to buy as i got one for sale

$6000 shipped

Payment - Cashapp/Zelle

In my stage 3 cancer and supposed to undergo surgery in a few days..

Procedure - 50% deposit while balance to be paid after you have received item

closedorchidsllc@gmail.com

Oh my goodness, lying about having cancer to facilitate extorting money from people. I mean, how low can you go. Have these scammers no shame at all.

The coming of the internet has been a miracle. It has put the knowledge of the world at everyone's fingertips. But at the same time it has brought us all into personal contact with the darker side of humanity in that we are all now constantly exposed to criminals. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am personally subjected to attempted scams via my email and text messages at least 3 or 4 times every week. It's just astounding.

I know that it's better for the psyche and the spirit to have a glass half full attitude to the value of humanity rather than a glass half empty attitude....but the sheer number of these internet criminals makes it tough to remain positive.
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Old 12-07-2021, 10:10 PM
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After agreeing to purchase a gtn 650 in the classifieds, I received the following pm from a different vaf member username gravity with 0 post count. Is there a standard means of reporting scammers?:

Not sure if you got to buy as i got one for sale

$6000 shipped

Payment - Cashapp/Zelle

In my stage 3 cancer and supposed to undergo surgery in a few days..

Procedure - 50% deposit while balance to be paid after you have received item

closedorchidsllc@gmail.com
I had a different screen-name try that about two years ago. I responded to someone about some headsets and the random person contacted me.

About a week later I responded to a different ad and amazingly I got almost the exact same message from a random screen-name who had exactly what I was looking for at a lower price.

With the high-dollar parts we deal with, I suggest always going through a broker like SteinAir.
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Old 12-08-2021, 12:33 AM
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Oh my goodness, lying about having cancer to facilitate extorting money from people. I mean, how low can you go. Have these scammers no shame at all.

The coming of the internet has been a miracle. It has put the knowledge of the world at everyone's fingertips. But at the same time it has brought us all into personal contact with the darker side of humanity in that we are all now constantly exposed to criminals. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am personally subjected to attempted scams via my email and text messages at least 3 or 4 times every week. It's just astounding.

I know that it's better for the psyche and the spirit to have a glass half full attitude to the value of humanity rather than a glass half empty attitude....but the sheer number of these internet criminals makes it tough to remain positive.
So true, Bob. They will use any kind of story to try to scam us.

Before you give up on humanity, just remember that one scammer can contact millions of people a day due to the incredible efficiency of the Internet. These people have always been there, it's just that in the past they could only talk to 10s of people per day.

As I keep saying, if you underestimate these bad guys, they will roll you. Take care!
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Old 01-20-2022, 09:26 AM
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Default New Scammer Targeting EAA Chapters

I received an email to the chapter email from Angela Cremeans. Another chapter recevied from Rochelle Quintana. Same email, selling her plane parts because of an illness. Ridiculous low prices on some of the items. Be on the lookout. Not sure if they're targeting only EAA chapter emails or sniffing around here too. I replied to her from a junk email account to try to bait them more and see how they operate.
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I got one a few days ago from "Antietam Gunshop" (antietamgunshop@gmail.com). Some googling found that a number of people have received scam offers from the same place over the last 5 years. Here's the list they sent me:

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1. GTX 335 WAAS $1600
2. Stratus 2S $300
3. Garmin 530W $5000
4. David Clark headset $220
5. Horizon Instruments P-1000 Digital Tach $180
6 . Manifold fuel pressure guage $180
7. Mooney overlapping nose gear doors NEW $1500
8. Lightspeed Zulu 3 w/ New Pads $500
9. Garmin GNS 430 NON-WAAS GPS Nav C $2omm with tray $2000
10 .Garmin 300XL with GI 102A indicator $1800
11. MAC 1700/KX175B with tray $800
12 . Hartzell Top-Prop For Sale $2400
13 . KI208 for sale $200
14 . Mooney M20C exhaust $640
15 . QT HEADSET $200
16. landing gear motor actuator 3000 $4000
17.M20C Engine Gauge Cluster $200
18 . Dynon D2 for sale $500
19. Brittain Accutrack 2 $500
20 .Aircraft Jack $150
21 . PS Engineering PMA 450B $1500
22. Garmin GI275 NEW IN BOX $1500
23 . KX-165 NAV/COMM - 14V with Glideslope $900
24. GMA 340 audio panel for sale $500
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