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I think I was scammed by an Audiogon member named mihael AKA Michael Sapun, who seems live in Slovenia. Sent the payment for about 2 weeks, he confirmed the receiving of the fund and promised to ship, then disappeared without replying any emails.
This person seems to have good track record for the past 7 years and completed some real transactions. Just learned from Audiogon they did not allow to leave feedback on member unless the transcation completed through Audiogon system. So this guy could do the same thing again on Audiogon and still maintain a good track record. Be very aware!
dont send money to columbia, mexico, slovenia, russia, nigeria, etc.
really. you think any of those countries (or two hundred others like them ) give a s**t about some rich american whining about being ripped off?
it is just the opposite. they feel the rich american got what they deserved if they get scammed.
point is still relevant. rich industrialized countries where rule of law dominates all commerce vs. bungtholes run by dictators and corruption.
if you send money across international borders to one of those bungholes expect to kiss it goodbye.
this is just common sense.
Thanks for all the advise. I was just surprised that this guy has a 7 years track record on Audiogon and has completed some real transactions in the past as showed in the Audiogon feedbacks, that means he is an audiophile but turned into a scammer. That is the part worries me, that means he could change a name and accumulated some feedbacks then strike again in the future.
He apparently knew the gear and has some audio knowledge, so the member account was not hacked.
I lived in San Diego for a few years. At least 10 times a year, some Mex robs a bank and runs like hell for the border- it's only 10 minutes away. If they are Mex and they hop the fence back there with sacks of money, they are home free.
They literally stand two steps on the Mex side of the border and laugh at the U.S. cops.
There are NO enforceable laws on retail financial transactions across international borders - the scam source country doesn't even need to be a bunghole really- although most often they are.
I kind of doubt I could get money back from Canada if I got scammed.
I have gotten money back in the U.S. I have contacted U.S. postal service and completed wire fraud online complaint. It only took a few months to get my money back.
Never happen across international border.
This post on Audiogon looks suspicious, similar style, no zip code and picture only available upon request. Interested buyer be careful.
that is a bummer. did you not complete the transaction thru the Agon system? if anyone asks to do business outside of Agon, Ebay, AATrader etc, beware. try to stay in the systems and the protection they offer.
and hopefully you send the funds via paypal and can seek a full refund.
all the best getting this sorted.
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