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    Default eBay user suspicions...

    Alright guys, need some advice/thoughts...

    Won this:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=011

    Last night on eBay. I appreciate it's a high price, but I need the airbag and figure I can sell the steering wheel on to help recoup some costs...
    Now, the guy has no feedback yet - fair enough, as we all have to start somewhere. He appears to be breaking an Astra VXR and is also offering car recovery services, if you look under the 'view all items for sale' and select 'completed listings' too. I was happy enough to go along with it for the chance to get the airbag, as I've needed one for a while and they don't come up that often.

    Then I got this e-mail from him...

    Hi thanks for bidding and winning, i accept the following payments, cash,cheque,bankers drafts,postal orders, my chesham address is my old address my new address is 31 bath road,calcot,reading,berkshire,rg317qh
    please make all payments and letters addressed to mark ciappi as hes my step brother and they are his items,i will be dealing with posting the items out though as its my account ,oh and please can you put your name and address inside the enbelope as it makes things a bitter easier for me thanks, collection is welcome just send me an email and we can sought a day/time out to suit thanks again.
    send cash(must be recorded)/ cheque/postal order/bankers draft to please note cheques will take 5 days to clear as its a basic account

    mark ciappi
    31 *********
    calcot
    reading
    berkshire
    rg** *qh


    Now,I've always been good at spotting scams etc online and in e-mails, and this really makes me suspicious... If it wasn't so far away from me (Preston-Reading is a fair drive...) I'd go and collect myself to make sure, but I'm very wary of sending anythign through the post to him now. I'm considering waiting for a few days to see if any of the other items he's sold get positive feedback, and I've ran his e-mail and aBay username through google to see if he was a known scammer or not but nothing came up... Anyone in the Reading area know the place or the name...?

    Any thoughts/suggestions...?

    Anything appreciated guys...

    Thanks

    Martin



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    Does seem a wee bit dodgy. Sure he's not nicked the car and flogging of the parts??

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    i would say dont pay him direct, I am sure there is someone down that way on this site how could collect this for you and then post it on. just sounds a bit odd to me

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    can you not see if there is a member close by that can go and check out the person in question and see the item before you send your hard earned cash.
    only a thought

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    too slow again lol

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    Ive seen these items on ebay for the last week or so, one thing that got me thinking is he says that the shell is damaged, but he is selling everything from front, back and both sides, see if someone on here who is local to him go and collect the item for you, may not be a scam as he says pick up is fine, but that email with different addresses and its my brothers stuff sounds a bit weired......

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    I'm in Reading m8 - happy to collect on your behalf and post up to you if that helps...

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    pick up only m8 imo
    seems it a bit dodgy
    lot of money to loose

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnye View Post
    i would say dont pay him direct, I am sure there is someone down that way on this site how could collect this for you and then post it on. just sounds a bit odd to me
    Quote Originally Posted by kns View Post
    can you not see if there is a member close by that can go and check out the person in question and see the item before you send your hard earned cash.
    only a thought
    What they said!
    Quote Originally Posted by VeccyC_GSI View Post
    I'm in Reading m8 - happy to collect on your behalf and post up to you if that helps...

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    was gonna say there are a few members in reading...send the cash to them and let them pick it up and hand over the money then, if they are willing to help... may be fine mate but always go with the cautious approach and its a lot of cash to part with to get ripped off!..

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