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Old 12-04-2003, 11:30 AM
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Actually, Robyw1, the one you posted is legit. I've spoken with them about rebuilding an engine before. I don't know if they are any good, but they are a real company that you can talk to. That price will no doubt go a lil higher before it closes...
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Old 12-04-2003, 12:03 PM
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Listen, guys.
If it smells like fish, it might not necessarily BE fish, but it might as well be.

Pre-Approved Buyers Only.
This is Ebay scam lingo for : we plan to screen our suckers before we decide which one we are going to rob.

Money Order/Cashier's Check only.
This means that we will have cashed the sucker before you know we are crooks. While you can certainly cancel a cashier's check with good reason, we STILL will have already cashed it and willbe gone with your money. Remember, we are screening you and if you sound too savvy, then we aren't going to let you be the one "approved bidder".

Pre-Approved Bidders Only.
This is designed for sellers to be able to weed out rifraff on their listings. That way, the seller can figure out who is real and let the list of bidders war it out amongst themselves. It can definitely be used as a scam tool, though (see below).

A BuyItNow Auction WITH PreApproved Bidders AND NO ABILITY TO ENTER A BID, EXCEPT TO EXERCISE THEY BUYITNOW ??
This is major tip off. "Buy It Now" is intended to be used IN CONJUNCTION with a normal auction listing. PreApproved Bidders is a seller's tool but is intended to be used to allow preferred buyers to bid on an item.
Adding in the fact that they have NO start bid and no place for two "approved bidders" to bid against themselves is the third part of the scam.
Pairing the three things together is useful ONLY FOR SCAMMERS. It lets them "target" the "fool".

There is certainly an easy way through this BS.

Once they "approve" you, tell them you will be using an Escrow Service and that you will be paying the fees for it (they are around 2%). This is fair for buyer and seller. The item doesn't ship until the escrow service has received your money, and then the seller doesn't get paid until the buyer has verified that he has recieved the merchandise. Good for everybody. They won't go for it cause they have no motor to sell you - they are crooks. They will tell you to look at their fantastic feedback and accuse you of being silly. Offer them an additional $250 if you can use the Escrow service (a handsome offer for the ten days they will have to wait for their money due to Escrow). Once again, they will decline (or never get back to you). They may even throw in the "free shipping" if you send money directly to them (stating something about their timeframe not allowing them to wait for Escrow).

How do they do this?
They STEAL other people's Ebay accounts. They find an account and a password with good feedback and go in and change the contact emails and passwords and use it as their own. They look for accounts that haven't done much recently and grab them. I don't know if some hoodlum inside Ebay somehow got access to passwords, or if it was from a "teaser" email (like I received) asking for you to update your Ebay account information (Ebay didn't send it but damn it looked just like their stuff and even had an ebay.com mailing domain).

OR

this guy is legit and you just got a raging deal on a sweet motor.

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Old 12-04-2003, 12:12 PM
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I hear ya. I have asked him 3 times in an e-mail now for the Serial # and additional pictures. This is the response i've gotten:

Hello sir,
For the moment we don't have any other pictures but soon we can provide you all the pictures you will need.
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Course i may just be trying to throw everybody off the trail so i can steal this deal.!....ahaha

I'll letcha know further responses. If it gets more legit sounding, i'm with yellowbird, i'll buy a cheap ticket and go check it out. It's coooooooold here in Iowa anyway, CA sounds pretty nice right now.

any way you can turn these people into the 'e-bay task force'??
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I want this motor !! anyone in L.A. Willing to take a look at it for me ??? I sent him an e-mail asking if I can take a look at it, lets see where it goes from there ??
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Guys,

Don't get all glassy-eyed about this. It ain't real. Not with the dreaded THREE (preapproved bidders, buyitnow, no competitive bids).

You can send an email to the Ebay fraud division and tell them that you have reason to believe that this guy is using another person's account to conduct fraud.

You really don't have enough to go on yet, though.
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Dear Sir,

In order to be pre-approved please inform us if you ever purchased a high price item on eBay. We also need to know if you have negative feedback. We apologize for asking these questions but we had a lot of problems with non paying bidders in the past and we lost a lot of money in listing fees.The shipping is free only within US.The motor is complete,whole motor/drive package.The buy it now price is 5340$.

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This was the reply I got from him when I asked to come take a look... talk about avoiding the question...
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I saw this too

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=50442

Roby
If you read that it is just a rebuild. They expect your engine as a core. That also does not include if your motor has a bad blower or anything like that. Basically you are paying 10,000 for a rebuild of your motor.

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I hear ya. I have asked him 3 times in an e-mail now for the Serial # and additional pictures. This is the response i've gotten:

Hello sir,
For the moment we don't have any other pictures but soon we can provide you all the pictures you will need.
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cause they haven't stole the boat yet
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Old 12-04-2003, 04:05 PM
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900SC for $10K he probably sells 496HO for $75.oo thenI'll drive down and take a couple dozens of those.
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Old 12-04-2003, 04:20 PM
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I agree, it smells funny. Go back and re-read my post where I inserted his response to me. His spelling and grammer is as bad as puders

I don't think Puder mispelles..He just prints in a differeant lenguagge..
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