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31 minutes ago, Steve Herschbach said:

I am sorry to hear that but good to know. Unfortunately nothing is 100% these days. Though by the way you are wording it you seem to be saying you paid with money orders and got ripped off? That I can see easily happening and I would not expect the Post Office to do anything about that. I mean that if you take a Postal Money Order they are generally safer than, for instance, a certified bank check. I still do not and won’t worry about taking Postal Money Orders, just did this week as a matter of fact. But mailing them as payment is no safer than mailing cash and I did not mean to imply otherwise.

I still prefer PayPal overall as long as you don’t purposefully override the built in protections by opting for family and friends to save a few bucks. Completely defeats the purpose of using PayPal in my opinion. 

Paypal only for me!

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It’s sad to say you can’t take it to the bank and expect it to be good anymore.

 Now you would think that you could cash a Post Office money order at the Post Office but may not happen . I had received one and I had go to the Post Office anyway so I took it with me . I ask the guy behind the counter to cash it for me and he said he couldn’t. His reason was he didn’t have enough money in his cash draw. That was the brick wall I came into. I had to deposit with my bank like I’d done in the past .

 The sad thing it makes it to the point until it clears the bank then and only then will I send you the item you paid for .

 I’ve sold detectors to guys over on the west coast that cost more than 2 thousand without trouble. When they told me they had put the check in the mail I done the same on my end .

 They all had posted on one of the forums that we all know.

 I know one day I’ll get the short end of the stick but I keep chap stick handy .

 I just done a deal on the HF Elliptical coil from a guy in Mississippi and if he ever needs a reference I’m the guy.


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PayPal is not as safe as one may be lead to believe.  Buyers have up to six months to file a claim with PayPal to get their money back if they claim something's not right.   I've been a buyer and seller on fleabay since 1996, and have seen people try all kind of nonsense. 

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I “sold” a expensive item on FleaBay and was asked to premail it to a Western Union store for preinspection before their payment was made.  They provided an address.  I sent them a return email saying I just mailed it overnight to a different Western Union in their town - it was actually an address for their police station!  😄. For some reason, I never heard back from them.

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As a lot of you know, I’ve been selling a few detectors on the classifieds here recently. I also have one posted currently here and on craigslist and earlier had it on eBay. So here’s a warning to everyone for the recent types of scams I am getting, people use hooks to get you to respond, get you to trust them by responding nicely, then the scammer asks you to send them an invoice, pays it, but then wants you to ship to them using a address that isn’t paypal verified and with no signature delivery.  Here’s some recent ones I got:

“I saw your ad. I want to buy it. Are you the first owner of it ? I don't check cl mail , so email me at (redacted)”
🤔 Aren’t you using cl email to send this to me?
” please send it to blah blah blah, here is my email address for PayPal invoice blah blah blah“
🤔 this guy is using a company email, I looked up the company and their website is defunct but I found a phone number to call the company and there’s no answer because it’s disconnected, my guess is that someone with stolen ID probably hacked into a dormant company’s domain account and set up a false email account and made a Paypal account with it...
Another hook message on eBay (I took the bait on this one, but then realized it was not real):
“Do you happen to know if this detector is capable of picking up titanium?“
🤔titanium knees or what?
“I lost my wedding ring and my wife is really mad! I don’t know how do use detectors but I have heard this is a good one for titanium, can you help? Money is no problem!”
😔Oh man I’m really sorry, but this GPX5000 detector Is not easy to use and will not be the best one for that, you should get a equinox 600 or 800, or try to contact a local prospecting club - they love to go look for stuff and might even do it for free.
”Good idea thanks!”
a day later, same eBayer
sends a ridiculous offer for a lot over the auction price:
 ”I’ll buy it all for $5000, All of your coils your GPS and your cat (not really the cat) ...”but don’t use signature delivery because I work and I’m not home to sign for it and I live in Gated community and have cameras....”
😏 Sorry, as per eBay buyer seller protection, I’m only sending it signature delivery required to the person with a Paypal verified address.
”OK, I can have someone be there to pick it up, I’ll guarantee that I’ll cover it, I just don’t use signature required delivery...
OK, so if you are selling anything on eBay, they just updated the signature delivery requirement, it is now required to have signature delivery confirmation for items over $750, otherwise they will not protect the seller for non-delivery complaints submitted by buyers. Also as Steve mentioned earlier, never use friends and family to pay someone or sell something using PayPal, you lose the buyer/seller guarantees when you do that. I also look to make sure a buyer and their address is PayPal verified, as with my experience above, scammers try to get you to send them invoices to fraudulent email addresses, they can send the payment from a stolen account,  grab the stuff off the porch you mail it to, and then report it wasn’t delivered and they get their money back along with your item.


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On 8/11/2019 at 7:24 PM, rled2005 said:

*It's an old password that I don't use anymore.

I know It’s a year old post, but just got almost the same email a week ago, another very old password from a store account I was warned about years ago that got hacked.  Offer to send them a new video, they won’t write back. 😉 Just kidding, they are mass mailing people off a list of stolen emails and won’t read replies, in fact the email account it came from may have already been locked down.  Best to ignore them.  And I’m sorry about the bad PO check, thats sad.

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On 2/17/2019 at 10:00 AM, Steve Herschbach said:

And then I have to verify it how? It's a free service I offer and I am doing more than most out there to deter scammers but the bottom line is it is 100% on the purchaser as far as I am concerned. There are very simple ways to protect yourself but people are easily hooked with offers of good deals and common sense goes out the window. I can't be responsible for any of that, and as a free service if I am to be some kind of 24/7 monitoring service..... kiss the Classifieds goodbye.

I appreciate the suggestion, truly, but I think we just had a couple isolated incidents. There were no issues here for years and I am sure this will pass. The scammers do get the message that there are easier forums etc. to go after than mine.

Steve, just want to thank you for the free service and benefit you are providing with this free classified section, well done!

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