WELCOME TO RIVER DAVES PLACE

Possibly scammed through DM on RDP??? ((( Attention All Classified ad Posters, Please Read. )))

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
I don't want to jump the gun, but I have a bad feeling about a transaction I made after being contacted through DM on RDP for a part I am looking for. I thought you couldn't send any DM's on RDP until you have at least 10 posts or something? I thought that was one of the ways to try and keep scammers and phishing away?

I'm still holding out hope that it is legit, but after having a little concern after a couple days, I looked back and noticed that the RDP member has never posted on RDP, had just joined that same day, yet was still able to send me a DM? So I'm pretty sure I got scammed, and it is what it is. Figured I'd post to see if something happened on the site to allow DM's to go through without having 10 posts. Or help someone else not get screwed like I probably did by paying attention upfront on if they get a DM and confirm the person seems to be a legitimate member.

The DM said his friend may have the part I was looking for and gave me his email. I reached out, all communication was good via email. I got pictures of two different parts, all the measurements I needed, paid $1 via venmo to confirm it was the right person, etc. But I don't think I'll be getting what I paid for. Oh well.
 

obnoxious001

Engine building character
Joined
Dec 28, 2007
Messages
5,386
Reaction score
1,936
Yes, unfortunately that sounds like what some others have posted "his friend".
 

Javajoe

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2020
Messages
242
Reaction score
341
I’m sure it was a Gmail account. That’s the email of choice it seems. I was contacted twice about a friend
 

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
Yes, unfortunately that sounds like what some others have posted "his friend".
I hadn't seen other posts like that unfortunately. I am almost more bummed about not getting the part than being out the money. All the emails back and forth, pictures, etc were all good. Oh well. Back to square one.
 

JUSTWANNARACE

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2018
Messages
2,960
Reaction score
6,968
Kinda like this? After the emails back and forth I opted out and quit communicating cause it seemed too much like a scam. This was for some SBC over transom headers.

Screenshot_20201003-123159_Samsung Internet.jpg
 

185EZ

Takin it EZ
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
1,149
Reaction score
3,480
Unfortunately it's not just RDP.
It's been happening on other forums and we try to warn people of the signs.
The first and only red flag is they have never posted.
The strange thing is they manage to avoid the spam filters before registering
I made a fake want to buy listing and right away i got a private message from someone without any prior posts
He didn't even see the "administrator" title under my user name lol
 

ka0tyk

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2010
Messages
7,172
Reaction score
5,167
PayPal charges a fee so it can act as a third party. Venmo doesn’t guarantee a refund, ever. Use PayPal, don’t send money as a “gift” and have some security when you send money to people.
 

Javajoe

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2020
Messages
242
Reaction score
341
Yea, I emailed that Philips guy also then told him he is a scammer after he couldn’t put a sentence together. He said I didn’t have to be soo mean and that he could sue me for libel 🤣
 

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
Unfortunately I didn't catch that he had never posted until after the fact. I saw the DM through my email and reached out without logging into RDP. All communication was totally normal. I've sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist and can see the scammers from a mile away, this Guy just got me. Surprised they are getting through the minimum post requirement to be able to DM.
 

mash on it

Beyond Hell Crew
Joined
Jan 26, 2011
Messages
2,001
Reaction score
2,365
Kinda like this? After the emails back and forth I opted out and quit communicating cause it seemed too much like a scam. This was for some SBC over transom headers.

View attachment 928542
Did you ever find SBC headers?

I've used these:


Down side up.

Dan'l
 

JUSTWANNARACE

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2018
Messages
2,960
Reaction score
6,968
Did you ever find SBC headers?

I've used these:


Down side up.

Dan'l
You actually sent me a PM on those the same day that scammer did.

My buddy actually ordered a set after I showed him your PM. Problem is the next trip out he broke his crank in half so he is rebuilding it now. Good thing is he will have fresh new headers for next season!

And thank you for the info!
 

Hallett_Whacker

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 31, 2017
Messages
917
Reaction score
942
Does anyone really say Kind Regards? :rolleyes: I almost got roped into an online puppy deal. Scammers.The same dam puppies in their website have been 10 weeks old for 8 months.
“Kind regards...” lol, also:

“Remit payment”
“I am reaching out to you”
 

Blue

Well-Known RDP Inmate #211
Joined
Oct 4, 2007
Messages
3,184
Reaction score
6,783
No offense to the OP but people still fall for this shit? Are the prices a "steal" and to hard to resist or what? Only time I deal with scammer's is when I'm bored and feel like fucking with someone. It's always really obvious these walking pieces of Hillary discharge are scammer's in their first communication. Sorry you got screwed this shit pisses me off and there are zero ramifications or recourse usually
 

sintax

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2008
Messages
2,552
Reaction score
2,886
What was the part and the username?? How much $$

I will talk to the IT guys about reinstating the 10 post rule
I dont know if it would be less popular, but maybe set an acct age + post limit to even SEE the classifieds
 

Sherpa

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2007
Messages
567
Reaction score
529
I got
You actually sent me a PM on those the same day that scammer did.

My buddy actually ordered a set after I showed him your PM. Problem is the next trip out he broke his crank in half so he is rebuilding it now. Good thing is he will have fresh new headers for next season!

And thank you for the info!


I gotta apologize for not getting back to justwannarace about selling the OT exhaust I’ve got buried in the garage. We got stupid busy at work and on my days off I was fabricating crap for work also..

—Sherpa

(Not a scammer) lol
 

JUSTWANNARACE

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2018
Messages
2,960
Reaction score
6,968
I got



I gotta apologize for not getting back to justwannarace about selling the OT exhaust I’ve got buried in the garage. We got stupid busy at work and on my days off I was fabricating crap for work also..

—Sherpa

(Not a scammer) lol
No worries at all.. I'm still interested. Get me a price and pictures!
 

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
No offense to the OP but people still fall for this shit? Are the prices a "steal" and to hard to resist or what? Only time I deal with scammer's is when I'm bored and feel like fucking with someone. It's always really obvious these walking pieces of Hillary discharge are scammer's in their first communication. Sorry you got screwed this shit pisses me off and there are zero ramifications or recourse usually
I'm the first one to think the same as you... I'm mad at myself for not catching this. But all my email conversations were normal. Not the unusual verbiage that we have all seen before. The pictures, everything I asked, even offered up the dimensions I needed before I mentioned what I needed. I was in a jam looking for the part from a timing perspective, and got caught up in a perfect storm and he got me. Price was fair, but it was more about availability of the part when I couldn't get it new. We deal with tests at work to not get caught up on in this kind of stuff all the time, sometimes you just need the part and want to be able to use your boat and get excited. Oh well, could've been worse. Just wanted to post to hopefully help someone else not make the mistake I did....
 

ChiliPepperGarage

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2008
Messages
2,858
Reaction score
3,338
The email part should have been the first clue. If the guy really had a friend he would have just given you his phone number instead of an email address.
I get these from CL ads all the time. "Hey, my friend want to buy your car. Can you email him at I'manasshole@gmail.com with more info?" No! All the info is in my ad along with my phone number.
 

t&y

t&y
Joined
Jan 9, 2010
Messages
11,605
Reaction score
14,493
Holy shit.. spotted scammer right away. I guess if you're interested in a part or something you get suckered in... but man, just read the style of writing and it becomes obvious.

Hopefully the OP is not out too much money.
 

outboard_256

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 18, 2018
Messages
415
Reaction score
201
I have gotten some amazing deals on RDP where until I got the item in my hand I thought they were all too good to be true. But I paid in person face to face so not much risk of a scam.
 

K-DOG

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2008
Messages
547
Reaction score
317
Yes it is happening allot on here. I posted a wanted ad for a RZR and I received about 5 different texts that were all scams. They all were allot more personable than the normal craiglist scams but after awhile you could tell it was BS. The last one said he worked at a dealership, gave me his name, and said he could get me a great OTD price. He sent pics and I noticed it was from a dealership right by me. I called and no one by that name worked there.
 

Sharp Shooter

The "anti-yuppie"
Joined
Oct 4, 2007
Messages
5,101
Reaction score
5,426
The email part should have been the first clue. If the guy really had a friend he would have just given you his phone number instead of an email address.
I get these from CL ads all the time. "Hey, my friend want to buy your car. Can you email him at I'manasshole@gmail.com with more info?" No! All the info is in my ad along with my phone number.
This ^^^^^
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
101,510
Reaction score
77,492
So again.. What was the part? How much money was involved? What was the screen name?

RD
 

Mike K

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 27, 2008
Messages
388
Reaction score
361
Yeah I got scammed too. It was the one about tons of money off reconditioned tools from Dewalt / Home Depot ... like an idiot I took the bait ... I was thinking cuz the message was from another inmate here that it was legit. Yeah ... I thought I was buying a reconditioned Dewalt Hedge Trimmer ... only lost $50 ... got a weird reply in Chinese. So a $50 lesson . Worth it if u ask me. DUH.
 

OldSchoolBoats

No longer "boatless".......
Joined
May 8, 2014
Messages
13,415
Reaction score
16,327
Initial conversation on M41 boat
Screenshot_20201006-101608_Gmail.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101616_Gmail.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101626_Gmail.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101635_Gmail.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101646_Gmail.jpg


Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
 

OldSchoolBoats

No longer "boatless".......
Joined
May 8, 2014
Messages
13,415
Reaction score
16,327
Text conversation with the guy offering the Miss Geico boats. Fucking wack job!!

Screenshot_20201006-101901_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101911_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101921_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101931_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101945_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101954_Messages.jpg
Screenshot_20201006-101959_Messages.jpg


Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
 

OldSchoolBoats

No longer "boatless".......
Joined
May 8, 2014
Messages
13,415
Reaction score
16,327
WTF... I’m Joe Stilwell. He got my name from that earlier email to him where he tried to scam me. Fuckin idiot
Yeah, just picked that up as I went and re read the thread.

Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
 

Kachina26

Inmate #RDP158
Joined
Sep 28, 2007
Messages
5,515
Reaction score
4,464

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
101,510
Reaction score
77,492
There is enough information already that it’s possible to track this guy down.
 

WildHorses24

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2009
Messages
1,161
Reaction score
818
I hadn't seen other posts like that unfortunately. I am almost more bummed about not getting the part than being out the money. All the emails back and forth, pictures, etc were all good. Oh well. Back to square one.
Sucks. At least it wasn't a known member. Bought a set of Alcoas for my Moho off a known member and come to find out 2 of the 4 were cracked, cell disconnected...I now have 4 REALLY expensive hose reels!

Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
 

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
So again.. What was the part? How much money was involved? What was the screen name?

RD
I responded to your DM as well. I was looking for a flame arrestor, out $200, screen name was davidweatherly616

If it is the same guy that is scamming others, would be awesome to catch. For my own individual issue, it is what it is, he got me because I wasn't careful enough.
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
101,510
Reaction score
77,492
I responded to your DM as well. I was looking for a flame arrestor, out $200, screen name was davidweatherly616

If it is the same guy that is scamming others, would be awesome to catch. For my own individual issue, it is what it is, he got me because I wasn't careful enough.
was it the same phone number that is in osb’s posts?
 

C-Ya

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2008
Messages
115
Reaction score
176
I am on multiple boating forums. This problem has become rampant. However, those that are targeted the most, are those that have put up a “wanted to buy” post. This gives the scammer the ability to research the specific item, so as he can now sound more legitimate.

My advice..... don’t post WTB “want to buy” threads. Your just asking for the scammers to contact you. It’s a shame that this is the new reality when it comes to forums.

A common thread....... “my friend has what you are looking for!” Here is his contact info.
 

skifaster

Hard Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
199
was it the same phone number that is in osb’s posts?
No, I never got a phone number and didn't text like OSB's interaction. Mine was all email and payment through venmo. Here is the info I have...
email = bigtoone141@gmail.com
he gave this info for venmo, angelaberthilson0530@gmail.com, name came up on venmo as Daniel Berthilson @angeldan. I never received or used a phone number. I checked previous transactions before I sent, there were only a few.
 

white tortilla

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 10, 2010
Messages
1,015
Reaction score
1,024
C901A3EC-B6C4-4D61-A78A-2C770A36ED5D.jpeg
I sent the number a text about small block ford headers just for fun. He requested I send via cash app. Which he is waiting on my payment to mail them to me. I told him later today I would send it. 😂😂😂
 
Top