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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.

 

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Yes, unfortunately that sounds like what some others have posted "his friend".
 

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I’m sure it was a Gmail account. That’s the email of choice it seems. I was contacted twice about a friend
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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
 

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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.
 

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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 🤣
 

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Said he had a 30” Magic powerboats deck boat after he asked what boat I wanted lol
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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.
 

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What was the part and the username?? How much $$

I will talk to the IT guys about reinstating the 10 post rule
 

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Said he had a 30” Magic powerboats deck boat after he asked what boat I wanted lol
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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.
 

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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.

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Did you ever find SBC headers?

I've used these:


Down side up.

Dan'l
 

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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!
 

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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”
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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What was the part and the username?? How much $$

I will talk to the IT guys about reinstating the 10 post rule
That rule is good. Lose the time limit between posts. Still annoying as hell
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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......More discussions if needed here, #31
 

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Don't send any money to joelson, "Richard in Texas", or Bill Mark! Its smells like a scam to me!
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I am still pissed off over the Pontiac valve cover deal these fuktards got me on. Exact same mo.
 
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Thanks guys...So far I was able to find 2 of the 3
@Gill Meth

@wpowell953

Unless we already got him, I'm not seeing,
@Toonedee Edit: After further searching I see Toonedee is an email address and not a member. #2

Hope they didn't get you $ wise.
 
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I wound hope most know better than sending money to someone with meth in their screen name 🤣
 

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You know you guys can also search a members post history and this may help.

If they post in a variety of threads and sections I would say your odds are better. You can ask for a personal phone number and call them. If they refuse to voice verify I would tell them to kick rocks.

I know I maybe beating a dead horse but maybe there's a few new inmates that don't know this.
 

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“Buy the seller”

If you don’t recognize the screen name, start a post and let the inmates chime in.

If no one knows him, pass.

This forum is tight enough that we should be able to self-vet anyone.



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Sorry about your selling issues! Selling shit sucks these days. I had a bunch of take off parts from my truck, I posted on the usual site's craigslist, fakebook marketplace. I got nothing but scammers the entire time. Or people that want you to deliver shit to them after asking if you'll take half the price. I guess I'll just keep this stuff until someone is looking for it.
 

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Sorry about your selling issues! Selling shit sucks these days. I had a bunch of take off parts from my truck, I posted on the usual site's craigslist, fakebook marketplace. I got nothing but scammers the entire time. Or people that want you to deliver shit to them after asking if you'll take half the price. I guess I'll just keep this stuff until someone is looking for it.
With a stache like yours they probably had the assumption the parts were hot or you are a greasy used car salesman. Hahaha JK 🤣
 
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