02-09-2007 11:00 PM
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  1. n4cer's Avatar
    I'm sorry, I didn't catch the original post ref. what happened. I am a police officer in charge of computer crimes at a police agency in Michigan. How long had the suspect been an ebay member? Presently, a credit card is required to open and verify a new ebay account. If the suspect became a member within the last year or so then you have a pretty good chance of obtaining his identity via a search warrant for ebay.....assuming that the credit card used to register was not stolen. If it was an older account then it could have been opened before the credit card registry requirement began. If this is the case then the chances of finding this guy/gal out is minimal. How was payment made? Again, if it was a money order then it doesn't look good. Given the amount stated above I suspect that it was not. In a nut shell, because most of these cases involve multiple jurisdictions.....the best bet is to go with the FBI since they have national jurisdiction and resources to handle this kind of crime. If you have a good email address, not hotmail or other anonymous accounts, then their service provider can be found with minimal effort and then a search warrant serviced on that provider for subscriber information. Home this helps. Good Luck.
    02-02-2006 11:28 AM
  2. ScaryHumor#WP's Avatar
    I'm sorry, I didn't catch the original post ref. what happened. I am a police officer in charge of computer crimes at a police agency in Michigan. How long had the suspect been an ebay member? Presently, a credit card is required to open and verify a new ebay account. If the suspect became a member within the last year or so then you have a pretty good chance of obtaining his identity via a search warrant for ebay.....assuming that the credit card used to register was not stolen. If it was an older account then it could have been opened before the credit card registry requirement began. If this is the case then the chances of finding this guy/gal out is minimal. How was payment made? Again, if it was a money order then it doesn't look good. Given the amount stated above I suspect that it was not. In a nut shell, because most of these cases involve multiple jurisdictions.....the best bet is to go with the FBI since they have national jurisdiction and resources to handle this kind of crime. If you have a good email address, not hotmail or other anonymous accounts, then their service provider can be found with minimal effort and then a search warrant serviced on that provider for subscriber information. Home this helps. Good Luck.
    Thanks for thought that went into your post.
    Unfortunately, this is an identity theft case.
    Here's they guy's Ebay profile:

    http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP...serid=nupe_one

    It shows he was registered at Ebay just under 2 years. I have a name, Lloyd Franklin, and a disconnected phone number to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His email is from Hotmail. So not a lot of help there.
    I do not have the particulars of the indentity theft. I don't know for instance if this guy hijacked someone else's Ebay account to do this, or used his own.
    02-02-2006 12:11 PM
  3. hpspringer's Avatar
    http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP...serid=nupe_one

    I do not have the particulars of the indentity theft. I don't know for instance if this guy hijacked someone else's Ebay account to do this, or used his own.
    I find it interesting that this is period of time that another seller scammed myself and 19 others for a Treo 650 for $400.00 each, and 5 others for $2000 each for another electronic item.

    Other than getting $175 of it back from Paypal, neither Paypal or eBay has done anything.

    What PO'd me about the situation was the seller list the Treo's one at a time for $400 Buy it Now, I bought the first, then saw he had sold six more in the next few hour. Smelling a scam, I immediately notified eBay and PayPay requesting the fund be frozen in the sellers account, explaining in detail why I suspect fraud.

    Needless to say, 3 days later I got a response from eBay and PayPal telling me that they could not freeze the funds as the seller had already withdrawn them.

    After 7 years on eBay, I seriously doubt that I will ever buy anything there again and if I do, you can bet it will only be with a credit card so that I can file a charge back on PayPaly within 30 days.
    04-19-2006 08:12 PM
  4. ShannonElements's Avatar
    I think a good rule of thumb would be to NEVER send a Western Union. I almost got scammed out of a grand that way...
    04-20-2006 02:48 AM
  5. robber's Avatar
    You could probably still sell the "bricked" 6700 for a few hundred bucks.

    It is still a wifi/bt enabled ppc with a good keyboard...

    You think sprint would be willing to do something.

    I really hate ebay/paypal...
    04-20-2006 08:54 AM
  6. CPcrazyfly's Avatar
    worst part about this story is that it happens hundreds and hundreds of times EVERY DAY. every time i post something i get 10+ emails from people in Nigeria with some crazy story why i need to ship it there for their son or daughter and they will pay me with US money order...its a shame...
    04-20-2006 05:46 PM
  7. hpspringer's Avatar
    EBay's (and Paypal's) fraud protection is weak to say the least. They're not really that concerned with your financial well being, just that the transaction went through without a problem on their part. Once the transaction has been completed, as far as eBay and Paypal are concerned, you're pretty much on your own. Search these forums and you'll see lots of these stories.

    You're better off purchasing something on eBay with a credit card that has these types of protection built into your account.
    Absolutley TRUE!!! I was scammed by an eBay seller over a year ago for a Treo 650. He listed it as brand new unopened box that he had gotten as upgrade but didn't need, only one.

    LOL, I bought it with BIN for $400 includung shipping. 10 minutes later he listed another using the same add, sold it right away. Over the course of 8 hours he sold 19, one at a time using that ad. After he had sold the 3rd, I contacted eBay and Paypal of suspected fraud, took them 3 days to get back to me and their response was that he had already withdrawn the money from Paypal, so they could not freeze the account.

    Whenever I have withdrawn money from Paypal it took me 3 days to get it from them.

    Anyway, under PayPal fraud protection (joke), I got $200 back, actually $175 after PayPal's $25 processing fee was deducted. Having sold and bought on eBay for 7 years, that was my last transaction on eBay!
    02-02-2007 06:31 PM
  8. HobbesIsReal#WP's Avatar
    One of the things I ALWAYS do when buying anything over $50, is check their rating. I know this is isn't full proof any means, but it sure does help weed out some of the rift raft in eBay. For example I just bought a couple Wii games (high potential for fraud) I ignored anyone with under 800 or 1000 feedbacks and who did not have 99% or higher positive feedback. I also double check if they are feed back from selling and not just for buying.
    02-02-2007 06:42 PM
  9. sledgie's Avatar
    800 or 900 hobbes? holy ! I guess when I sel this 6700 my rating of 100% for only 8 items won't do you any good :) ps I know you are looking for a 6800 so not to worry. but 800 or 900 is quite high! I usually find those high power sellers sell at a higher price, and usually have someone "boost" their auction to get more $$. good thing I didn't have any complaints after selling 2 blackberries, 2 treos and Imate JasJar.

    ps I should have held on to the jasjar especially with 3.5 aku.

    pps we can continue this conversation privately but are you still holding onto your 6600? have you at least a evdo rev a broadband card? if so I highly do NOT recommend the novatel u720 unless you have a mac. I've tried all the evdo rev a and the best by far (and for the money) is merlin s720. and you can plug it into a kr1 router or linksys (i forget model #) and have wifi anywhere, anyplace! I just did this is my house since I had aguilty conscience at stealing my neighbors wifi.

    good to see you again, take care
    sledgie
    02-03-2007 11:04 PM
  10. HobbesIsReal#WP's Avatar
    Hey sledgie!!!!!!

    Actually....I have historically done rather well with filtering eBay with power sellers. There are always exceptions and I certainly trust my gut and throw out my own rules at times. What makes this a great rule of thumb while still getting good prices is Auction Sniper. If I am looking for an item, I will find up to 40 auctions of the item by power sellers with 99-100% positive feedback from selling and put them all in a GROUP with a max price I am willing to go. I set this price lower than I would realistically think I could get the item for. The sniper then places my bid the last 3 seconds of the auction. I will loose 39 of the auctions but get that one that ended at the worst time in the morning when no one was up bidding. Once I win an auction the eBay Sniper then cancels monitoring and bidding on all the other auctions in that group to make sure I do not win multiple auctions. Works wonders and has saved me hundreds of dollars. For example I just bought a popular sealed Wii game that retails for $50, going on eBay for an average of $65....for only $23 with shipping. I just did this with my new N router 2 weeks ago too. Saved at least $200 retail and about $100 off of the average eBay prices for the router, laptop card, and PC card.

    Yup....I skipped the 6700 and hanging tight with my 6600 until may for the 6800. Sprint's broken promise to enable the EVDO that is in the 6600 is my only complaint with the phone.

    No I do not have a Rev A card. If I did, I would seriously look at a router that will take the Rev A card....except then I would have to buy two cards so that my family would still have internet while I am on the road. I have been trying to talk my company to spring for the card and the account....but no luck so far.
    02-03-2007 11:27 PM
  11. sledgie's Avatar
    you are such a rat!!! you ebay sniper! tell me where to get this program :) i definitely need it for an upcoming hdtv purchase.

    as for sprint- i had such a horrible problem with them over my 6601, my business partner still has his, mine literally DIED on me and because i didn't sign up for the insurance within 30 activation days (i was of course told i could sign up within 90 days at the store) i couldnt throw my 6601 against the wall! however...

    when i called to renew in the summer (my 2 year renewment was up in nov) i tried to get 2 6700s for $150 each - i was going to renew both lines for 2 years, and i had it all set in motion but the customer service rep said she was going to have to call me back to get the activation and shipping override from her supervisor. of course she never called back, i waited over a week getting steamed (i kept getting calls from Sprint in the evening but it turned out to be a satisfaction survey!) and finally really thought about going to cingular because of the expected hsdpa arrival. then when i went into purchase a broadband card from the local store, the guy there said he had a few preowneded 6700s for $300... very tempting. but i HAD to renew my contract (but it did NOT have to be up, or at the end of 2 years, it could be 6 months into the contract, as long as i renewed it for another 2 years). i got a good idea, called sprint, complained about the 6600 evdo fiasco, they offered the 6700 for $449. i said, you know what, give me $200 rebate and i'll just buy one at the store. they said as soon as we see you've renewed your contract, we'll give you $200 in credits. so i walked into sprint, got the 6700 for $320 after tax, later that evening called sprint and they credited my account $200. now that might not be as good as your ebay sniper story but!!! :))) not to mention, ever since the release of AKU 3.3 for the 6700 (unofficial release of course, they are working on 3.5 right now) i really dont even SEE myself upgrading to the 6800. the only thing i was really looking forward to was 3.5 or crossbow on the 6800, and more memory! that was my #1 concern, because with the earlier AKUs, i only had about 6-10megs left at any given time (and believe me, surfing with evdo eats that up QUICK!) but now i've got 28megs of caching available and that's AFTER all my programs are installed. plus i dont want to lose my tethering. i barely EVER use it, but it has come in handy when my office cable has gone down temporarily. not to mention the "upgrade" to microsd - i'm not looking forward to that.
    i should tell you a few ppl found a SDHC.dll in the AKU3.3 rom, they are trying to figure out if the 6700s can use the high capacity SD cards! that would make the 6700 even more worthwhile...

    but as for the routers - the s720 is the only card REALLY officially supported, the novatel u720 USB does work on the KR-1 but not officially.

    nice thing about sprint (nice? :) is that ever since my problem, i was told by skippyrq (remember him?) that best way to solve problems is to email sprint. i did this about 30 days ago, i was looking over my records for my rev 0 merlin s620 and found out i never received my rebate! i wrote them an email saying i'd like a rebate or else exchange my card for the higher speed card. the guy credited my account $267, told me i can either buy it via telesales or go into a store and charge it to my account. i went in and got the merlin U720, didn't like it, and just had them send me the s720 (after crediting my account again temporarily in order for the return). they've been very helpful - but only via email.

    didnt mean to turn this into a sprint thread, or 6700/6800/router/ thread but i did, so i apologize. :)
    02-03-2007 11:46 PM
  12. HobbesIsReal#WP's Avatar
    OT: Good deal! If I had the 6700 I would probably skip the 6800....but moving from a 6600 to a 6800 is a no brainer and voice & data at the same time sure will be nice!

    Here is the link for the snip tool I have been using for several years now: http://hammersnipe.auctionstealer.com/home.cfm

    I have a billing issue when I upgraded my wife's phone. What email address did you use, I want to send one tonight! ...thanks
    02-04-2007 12:35 AM
  13. sledgie's Avatar
    sign into your accont and click the "contact us" link, then send an email complaining. I also forgot to mention - if you send it on a friday or saturday, they respond within 24 hours from their outsourcing department! I advise you to write after 8pm, in hopes of getting someone who is more easily "understanding" of your situation and any problems sprint has caused. I wrote on a friday night and by sunday 11am I had a $267 credit. I should also mention you MUST DEMAND , not ask. I have 3 lines 1 broadband yet my bill is over $211 a month. with the amount of business I've given sprint, let alone money, the least they could do was compensate me. so demand compensation!
    pps write out your letter on your desktop and copy and paste in the sprint window, it times out after 5 min and if you aren't done typing you lose all your info. there is also a character limit

    sledgie
    02-04-2007 01:06 AM
  14. HobbesIsReal#WP's Avatar
    I have it typed it out.....I am waiting until 10:00 pm tonight to send it. Wish me luck!!!
    02-09-2007 12:25 PM
  15. sledgie's Avatar
    good luck and I hope the outsourcing ppl respond to you with a credit!
    02-09-2007 11:00 PM
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