I only deal with Tom Vu. He's the real deal.
Except when PayPal deducts $2,200 out of your checking account, and you don't even have a PayPal account. So yeah, PayPal's great, I s'pose...So #1 way to make safe secure online payments and shipments is to use PayPal and send the money as a business transaction. They have buyers protection so if the seller sends you a box of rocks, or even better dosnt send anything at all. You can ask for a full refund and PayPal will refund you your money after a few days/ weeks. I think Venmo, zelle, cash app, and apple pay all have buyers protection but I have not delt with any of them.
Sounds like you may not have had food poisoning and tequila at the same time...Except when PayPal deducts $2,200 out of your checking account, and you don't even have a PayPal account. So yeah, PayPal's great, I s'pose...
I don't trust those sunzabishes as far as I can vomit...
"Burt", you were my 9th feedback 6 months after I joined this site as a, mostly, complete noob to guns. I believe we probably spoke on the phone before your visit to my home. I was the purchaser. I can still see you sitting at our dining room table! Fricken hilarious now, but I though your name, was, Burt Gummer! Yeah, yeah I'm sure I'd probably seen the movie. But Burt didn't mean to me what he did to long time gun guys.Trust no one. Sellers that want a payment up front, etc. Ugh. I mean scamming is at an all time high.
A little off topic from sellers, but I have a 72 year old friend that has sent thousands to catfishers. He is convinced that these 20-30 year old women really want to be with him, move in, marry him. He is the definition of a simp. FB bots galore. I've sat him down a few times and have even shown him videos about catfishing, what it is - usually Nigerian/other distant GUYS masquerading as available women.
Sadly on Christmas one of the scammers convinced him that 'she' needed $2k to fly in and spend Xmas with him and of course once the funds were sent he sat alone on Xmas.
The thing I can't figure out is what is the drive? Sex? No, I believe it is just fear of being alone. He took the scam/catfishing over real invites.
Some people will also be ready to trust any email or scam. Even when they've had friends trying to help. He'll probably exhaust his life savings doing this crap in 2022 and there is nothing that can be done about it.
I have never been a fan of social media, it is a cesspool of narcissists. Other than that, never trust any emails, always check the source email address. Programs like MailwasherPro are very helpful. Truly, the elderly that are computer illiterate should not have email accounts if at all possible.
I know the voice! You know, it's the same voice you get for a dental appointment reminder. That voice comes in after the happy/cheery voice starts the message from Willamette Dental. The dire voice takes over and says your name and time of appointment.I love, "The Voice of Doom".
That's what I call the female voice that calls to tell me:
1. My Bank of America account is over drawn
2. There has been a $2.500.00 charge against my Amazon account.
3. The warranty has expired on my 2008 Colorado.
4. There is an outstanding warrant out for my arrest.
It's the same voice ! You would think they would change it.
I do kind of like that big Russian Blond ad on my computer though...
Recently while adding my VPN to all my devices, I had wondered if the forums I belong to had 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) which I use with my bank or any online stores I have accounts with and order from, it's not perfect, but it sure helps make it harder for the low-lifes. Thanks for the heads up, keep up the good work.Despite numerous threads on the subject and the above average intelligence of our wonderful members, I'm still seeing far too many reports of people falling for scams in our classified section. You need to be cautious each and every time, regardless of who you're dealing with, period. Most of the victims I talk with have one thing in common: they didn't think it'd happen to them. Truth is, it can and will happen to you if you conduct transactions through the mail without taking proper precautions as mentioned in the How do I avoid getting scammed? help entry. I recommend those not willing to put in the time and effort to protect themselves stick with face to face transactions.
Even if you've done multiple transactions with someone in the past, how do you know it's really them this time? Though we've repeatedly encouraged all members to use strong, unique passwords and enable 2FA, account compromises do still happen, especially with old accounts which haven't logged in for a long time. Those of you with tons of positive feedback and the same weak password you use on every account? You're a prime target! Their goal is to gain access to your account and then use it to scam others. You're hearing about this here, but please don't make the mistake of assuming this is a problem unique to Northwest Firearms. In fact, it's far better here than other sites. I only say this to remind you to take what you're learning here and put it in practice whenever you conduct business online.
If you suspect someone of being a scammer, don't assume we already know about them. Please report them ASAP so we can investigate and remove them if need be. You wouldn't believe how many things don't get reported.
I apologize if the tone here seems a bit harsh, but it ruins my day every single time I hear about it. Most of you will be reading this thread due to the notice or the alert I'll be sending to all of our members after I post this. It's unfortunate that it has come to this, but people just don't seem to be taking it seriously. Myself and our staff have been doing all we can to detect and remove potential scammers, increase security, and spread the word about this stuff. Unfortunately, all the technology in the world can't replace a bit of good old fashioned common sense.
Possibly, but I’ve done it a dozen+ times and both parties felt better and more confident in the deal. I usually insist on a call for items over $1,500 but everyone has their own limit for how much they’re willing to potentially lose.Perhaps.
Alternatively there's a good chance that they are simply a luddite & curmudgeon like myself.
Video call for a sale/trade? Ain't gonna happen!
...now get off my lawn you damn kids!