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Buyer and seller beware! We've had reports of some very odd scams forming on the LXForums lately. Please, do your research before exchanging $$, parts or services with anyone. Do some extreme vetting of your own. Check their rating, check prior posts, get referrals, use an Escrow service, phone a friend. Also, do not enter your user name and password into any links or odd looking URLs. The latest scam involves someone who cloned the LXForums and was asking people to log into. I'm assuming to get login credentials to run other scams on the site. I'm talking about you Viperking (you little prick). If this happened to you please change your password ASAP.

If something seems weird please report to the staff and proceed with caution.

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I received a PM from Viperking concerning a trade for my grill that I have up for sale. A link was posted on the PM to show some of the items he had for trade. I deleted right away.
 

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He contacted me and as soon as I realized it was a scam I notified the Mods. I'm sorry I didn't post a warning as well
 

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Bump for visibility.

Also, for stuff for sale here and on other forums, remember that if you're buying stuff from a stranger, never ever send money through PayPal as a gift or via Western Union.
Make sure seller can provide you pics, preferably with their user name and date shown on the pic with the item. Get a phone number and call them if necessary. Too many scams out there. As said in an old TV series - "let's be careful out there"

 

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Thanks for this thread, it prompted me to post iTrader feedback for a deal from last month.

Feedback is one good way to let other LX'ers know who the honest guys are.
 
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Just a warning about member cipri. He contacted me about a WTB ad for a cam we have been emailing and he seemed shaky. To buy something wants me to send payment by Western union to his secretary. Just seem le a scam. So be careful
 

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We got a report that a scammer may have hacked into a member's accounts and then tried swindling another member. I don't want to publish the user name here yet because it is not confirmed. So even if you research a seller's itrader rating or posts please be extra cautious before sending $$. The one similarity the stories have is that the seller has some issue with their bank and asks the buyer to transfer the money in an unusual manner.

WHAT can you do to protect yourself from this shadiness? DO NOT SEND MONEY VIA WESTERN UNION. Also, if you submit your part for sale in our PARTS FOR SALE forum you can automatically have the transaction handled through our partner Panjo by enabling the "BUY IT NOW" button. They will help broker the transaction.

We've been hit by different forms of internet scumbags in the past and weathered the storm by working together and looking out for one another. You can always reach me if there is anything suspicious going down by PM or email [email protected]
 

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People suck, I know who you're talking about. They told me no PayPal and wanted money wired to their bank. Then when I was hesitant asked for a 1k$ deposit....... definitely have to use our heads, there are tons of scumbags out there looking to take advantage.
 
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Even the suggestion that you'd like to meet in person to exchange goods / $$ will scare these guys off. So if you live in Detroit and you're dealing w someone in Texas tell them your brother lives nearby and can he come and pick up the parts.


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Bump for visibility.

Just a quick PSA - if you haven't changed your password in awhile, probably a good time to do so given all the hoopla of late - use special characters to make it harder for people and/or algorithms to guess - e.g. use $ for s, or @ for a, or 3 for an E, or ! for a 1, etc...use a combination of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters where possible.

If you have a hard time keeping track of passwords, there are a few password storage apps available which encrypt the data being stored so it's safe when syncing with cloud instances (e.g. aWallet or aWallet Cloud) Just remember not to lose the password for the app itself because if you do, you're screwed.
 
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