Monday, 7 September 2009
Now to an extent that is great because it makes the claim so much easier (no delivery = easier claim). But remember one of the previous successful scams, where once a claim for non-delivery was made, the guy sent an empty envelope to generate tracking details for Paypal.
So first step raise a dispute on Paypal. A simple job easily done. Step 2 escalate the dispute to a claim, not so easy, the page complains about an unknown error.
After waiting an hour, try again. Its the same issue so I decided to find another means of escalating the compliant, and search the site. It turns out that Paypal now have phone numbers you can ring and real people at the end of the phone so after 15 minutes on the phone, the dispute can be escalated.
It even seems that they listen, as the claim seems to be where it is supposed to be rather than sitting in the 10 day limbo hell that Paypal initially insisted was unavoidable.
Now all I can do is contact Epsom police and wait patiently for Paypal's response.
John Mark Humphries, 41, of West Ewell, Surrey, operated a home CD burning factory to produce counterfeit Microsoft, Symantec, and Sage software over two and a half years.
He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday for offences under the Trade Marks Act and Theft Act.
Humphries was caught by a Sutton Trading Standards investigation, which found him selling fake software under the user name "harry_houdini0_0" as part of a routine sweep of the site in May 2006.
It was later discovered he had registered 12 eBay accounts to punt the knock-offs, using innocent people's details to hide his own identity. ®
So this time he seems to have got really sloppy.
I also must comment on my previous entry it would seem according to the Electoral role that Diane is quite happy living on stolen property.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
So lets look at the person who is supposedly selling me the camera.
- Paypal email address - matches nickname on Flickr
- Paypal name - marches name on Flickr
- Paypal rough location - matches his photos on Flickr
- He admits on Flickr to owning an A300 and an A300 box was sent to one of the other people he has scammed.
- somewhere online a scam artist offers something for sale at a plausible price.
- the scam artist offers to use Paypal as a payment method.
Now paypal once had a dire reputation but supposedly has in later years improved its anti-fraud support. I think we will find out more about this down the line but at the moment I'll leave that here.
- Now Paypal allows you to use credit cards for payments. So I'll add Barclaycard to the list. Supposedly in the UK credit card companies are jointly liable for credit card transactions over £100 (lets see shall we) or can initiate a chargeback to ensure you get your money back.
- Once paid the scammer now sends you something recorded delivery (or any method that result in a signature to confirm delivery).
- Having opened the parcel you try and initiate a refund from Paypal. However as the scam artist has proof of delivery Paypal refuse to do anything (because after all you as the customer may be lying).