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    Default How to Deal with Fraudulent Transactions

    Forum members, I need your advice!

    I have recently tried to conclude a transaction with another forum member, who, in accordance with the forum rules, shall remain nameless.

    Having transferred £160 via BACS to his bank account on 22 September, he has failed to provide me with the goods I have paid for.

    The member, who is/has been active on the forum since I transferred him the money, initially made numerous assurances about the transaction and finally confirmed that he had posted the item and had a Special Delivery number waiting for me Ė just as soon as he got home (my left foot). Anyway, almost one month later Ė he doesnít take my calls; respond to emails; texts or anything else and I still donít have the item. Likewise, Admin have had no luck getting a response from him either.

    Unfortunately, like a muppet, I did not confirm his home address or home phone - but, as he had previous positive feedback here and on Ebay, and, as a fellow forum member, I had hoped that the transaction would be smooth and painless.

    So what to do? What recourse do I have? How can I get my money back or the goods in question? After all, I suppose it's like giving some bloke in a pub £50 for an item (never done this!) and then he disappears. You can't get your money back and he'd probably deny he had ever taken money from you in the first place.

    Likewise, you canít legally force someone to send you something in the post and it would cost me more than the transaction value to get to this memberís far-flung location.

    The amount is considerable and leaves me looking at forking-out twice for my children's interactive Christmas pressie. Something I am less than happy about (not least because I am Yorkshire-born) and more, because I am angry that someone on a really friendly and helpful forum would consider it acceptable to fleece another member.

    General grumble over. Any advice on how to conclude this is appreciated. And, BTW, if I have transgressed any forum rule (which I donít think I have), then it is not intentional.

    Martin

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    this is out of order and something should be done, but it will happen ive been on another forum before and the same thing has happened, there always will be one, who isnt as honest as others its a shame but a way of life unfortunately,, sorry to hear you lost so much money fella.

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    can you go to the police m8
    threaten to name and shame

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    I know what you mean, I've been messed about by people before but luckily managed to not lose out by it. I'd name and shame to stop others trying to have any more items off them.

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    thats a good idea dan to stop others getting ripped off too..

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    ^^Yeah i agree, i wouldn't want others to get ripped off if its possible to prevent it.

    I'm sorry to hear that this has happened to you, i hope you manage to get something back!

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    well, you have his bank account number. go to the law with the whole story, and perhaps they will trace him/her. then again, they may not bother.
    worth a try.

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    Not sure the law will be interested - technically it's a civil matter. You would have to prove fraud to make it a criminal case.

    Not going to name and shame. That's down to the discretion of Admin and whether or not they have any luck with their endeavours to try and help the situation.

    Anyone know anyway you can trace a person via a mobile number?

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    I hate seeing this kind of thing, we need some trading rules setting up. Somehow we need to utilise the paypal system where they verify your address to our advantage - I am just trying to think of something here guys - but people tend to be more honest in their dealings if you can turn up at their house.

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    Probably right there. But, there may be some evidence - emails, personal messages, or in a thread - you could say that a contract had been entered into by yourself and the other party, which was never fulfilled. That's if the writing on the forum or wherever the discussion took place still exists.
    The amount isn't large though, so it is doubtful if this would go anywhere.
    Can't think of anything else you can try, apart from keep on at the people who run the forum.

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