Don't buy from this seller. He is a scammer. I am a victim, and yes I didn't read the warnings.
I thought I did enough due diligence, but apparently I didn't.
I was looking for an iPhone 3GS. And Kevin (theCanuck99) contacted me in regards to him having one unit and mentioned that he has great feedback on HOFO (http://howardforums.com/showthread.p...ht=thecanuck99) and on Ebay. He has msn and a phone number he was willing to give to me. His feedback here on Hofo was decent, and I even pm-ed the people who left feedback (blahzay [1000+ post with great feedback], Falco [3200+ post with great feedback], etc.) confirming that they did buy a phone with him and that he was safe to deal with.
I did give him a call, and he did answer to prove that it was his phone number, etc.
So I decided to trust him and paid by EMT (silly me, I know.). He shipped it the very day but then emailed me saying:
"I have some good news and a little bit of bad news..
The phone was shipped off successfully today. I was very busy and got my friend to take care of it for me. Stupid guy though sent it regular parcel even though I told him xpresspost. I am very sorry about this I will call Canada Post tomorrow to see if I can pay for the extra and change it to more expedited. I am very sorry for this inconvenience and I will scan you in the receipt if you like but there is no tracking number for regular parcel as its an option.
To resolve this situation when you receive the phone in 3-5 business days as advertised and inspect everything is great with the phone, I will emt you $30 dollars back. Let me know if this is reasonable to you to compensate for my mistake as I know you wanted it sooner hopefully it will be there around Monday as it doesn't ship on weekends, if it is 3 days it might actually be there Friday."
So I believed him. When Wednesday came of the next week, and the package still has not arrived, I decided to email him and phone him cause I was concerned just to realize that his phone now forwards to a voice mail (which I left several), and his email has no response, nor does he have any response VIA PM.
2 Weeks later, I decided to post this -- and realized that he was banned so it is safe to assume he was a scammer and I'm hoping other people don't fall for this like I did.
Really, read the disclaimer on this forum, and always deal locally.
i have his real info that i got from the information on his Bell Line, the credit card used and the address used by him on the line
What's the next step? I'm willing to help -- I have transactions history, etc. Perhaps if we have enough people, we can build a case to Certapay? I'm sure he has to have deposited the money through Certapay to an account.
That's why you all victims should communicate thru Private Messages and not posting on the forums. Make sure if any of the newbies joining the convo, make sure you identify that person is a real victim but not the scammer himself trying to spy what info you got.
Gese... almost got scammed by him. Was going to buy 10iphones. He msgd me on RFD (I have 50BST feedback there, 3000posts, and been there for 3yrs), he msgd me on HoFo to ensure I was who I was, and he even called me.
Good thing I stuck to my guns
Sorry for your loss though.
What has been done in the end? I was talking to him late Novemeber