[urq] '84 re-post on ebay
seiche at shadetreesoftware.com
Fri Jun 22 17:16:16 EDT 2007
Why do they do it? Well, because it works, and it has been proven that
people will fall for a cheap '84 ur quattro. Last year some kid on
AudiWorld fell for this scam on an '84 ur quattro and sent the scammer
$2k+ via Western Union to Florida. He was even warned, but fell for it
anyway. He contacted the police, etc., but they don't do much on cases
like that as it takes too much work for them to trace, so he lost his
money. My guess is that while 99.9% of the people would not fall for
this, one in 1000 will and that is what the scammers bank on.
These guys hijack someone's ebay account, probably via one of those
phony ebay links saying "your account is in dispute, please follow this
link", so they can use that account's feedback and then arrange payment
via Western Union perhaps backed with some other phoney ebay link.
Caveat Emptor has never been more appropo than it is today with ebay...
Can someone tell me why the f... someone would choose specifically an
UrQ to make a scam auction?? I mean, why not $3000 bicycle frames where
there are likely to be so many more schmucks who would fall for what
appears to be a fabulous deal? I've seen lots of those scams and nearly
fell for one myself. I would bet that the 'seller' had no idea he'd
walk into an absolute hornet's nest by posting this car!
Question about scam auctions - do they just randomly grab a set of
pictures and description and post it? Or is there some level of actual
research into what car/product would be good bait for a scam?
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