Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hso, Sep 4, 2021.
I am 67 and was introduced to computers when the TRS80 was state of the art and I carried my operating system on a 5-1/4" floppy disk between classes. Still, I do not consider myself 'expert' by any means when it comes to computers and the digital world. I use them out of necessity and would do without them if I could.
Many of us are in the age group where articles from AARP have tips on avoiding common scams online, phone phishing and snail mail. This info is also available readily online. If you know of people that may be swayed by these types of money grabbing scams, pass the info forward so they can be aware.
Yesterday I received a message that my Amazon account had been locked and to verify the billing info with a click link. The return address doesn't even originate at an Amazon address but some other host site.
One of the times I think of Sharia law and thieves.
I'm 67, but took computer science classes and repair computers, etc. So far I've not been scammed, (luckily!), even though I shop a lot on the net.
In this case, I read/watched some reviews, and decided I wanted a 410 upper. I did not know the price had doubled, and that they were very hard to find. So when I found one for $238.95, which was around 20 bucks more than the reviewers had paid, I was ready to go for it. Until I spotted the snakey payment methods at checkout that is.... Some research opened my eyes further.
This is a bit different than the all too common, "Too good to be true" scenarios. If ya find primers in stock and for half price, with cash payment, and ya "bite", well then you almost deserve to get bit!
A private firearm sale almost has to use a MO or a personal check. PayPal will lock your account and keep your money if they find out you violated their terms of service by buying a firearm. A legitimate business should be set up to accept credit cards, but if you buy something from me I’m going to want a MO.
Sure, but this was about scam website "businesses".
I received a phone call from a heavy accented, foreign individual claiming to be from Amazon, verifying my order information. I have NEVER ordered from Amazon.
I kept his POS on the phone for 30 minutes, he was continuously trying to get my credit card number, to "confirm my identity, to allow him to cancel the fraudulent order."
When I asked him why his phone number was a sell phone in Washington, not a business landline and Amazon fraud division was in New York, he offers to call me back on another line "to prove he was legit". I said no, about 15 more seconds and it would have him pin pointed, with cops enroute. He hung up, quickly.
It was also about GunBroker transactions. The one time I sold a gun on GB I requested an MO and the seller sent one after we had a phone conversation. As a practical matter I think it’s never a bad idea to talk to an actual human before sending large sums of money.
500 rounds of Hornady American Gunner .38 Special 125 Grain eXtreme Terminal Performance for $230 sounded way too good to be true. I started inspecting their site and found at the bottom of the main page it says Illinois, USA, but if you click the CONTACT US tab at the top it shows an address in Oregon. The Oregon address led me to a different company: https://www.gunrunnerarms.com/index.html and they have a scam alert on their page:
Pays to be cautious.
I'm curious to know, if a person "buys" on gunbroker from what turns out to be a scammer, does gunbroker help get the money back?
Or just similar to "I saw it on the internet, it must be true."
Well past 60 here but a former systems analyst.
Probably at a mailbox & fax place.
I don't know who first said that but there's no truth in it. Sadly, often times honest men presume others share their same high ideals and pay the price for being ignorant. Honest people aren't always smart people-I'm a good example.
And partly because west TN is the comparatively Poor part of Tennessee regarding gun selections/variety, compared to around Nashville and the Chat-Knoxville-Tri Cities "clusters".
The contrast is stark. Almost anything I ever wanted in TN involved either guns way out in East TN, or sellers near Nashville either too short of time, or too lazy to drive over 30 minutes for a meet.
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