Is this a scam? Help! at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business
The pen and paper aspects of DV -- put it in writing!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 17th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 25
Is this a scam? Help!

Hey i was on amazon.com and found a guy selling a used canon xl1s for like $1,100 . Well he talked about a company kind of like escrow called TNT and he took the package to them and they hold it, then i go to western union and do the funds that way then i contact TNT, they verify the funds, then send me the package, does this sound wierd? what should i do to insure that i dont get scammed, if anyone has any info please let me know ASAP, has anyone heard of TNT before?
Shane Miesse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2005, 04:06 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 607
DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK!

You can't believe anything anyone else says, it's not their money. Look at the sellers feedback, look at other resellers and see what the camera is selling for. Look up TNT for yourself and see if you can talk to them. If you can't find any information about them forget it.

My gut feeling is that you are about to be $1,100 poorer with no camera.

A quick search on Google yielded a few discussions from ebay asking this EXACT question. The reply was that it is a scam!

p.s. If it feels like a scam, it probably is.
Rhett Allen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2005, 09:10 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 33
A few months ago I stumbled across a similar "deal" for a GL2 on Amazon's "marketplace". I emailed the person listing it asking if it was for-real -- they answered back quickly, but also pulled the listing off Amazon. They also had some sort of escrow company they wanted to use, but I couldn't find ANYTHING about them anywhere.

Of course, the "seller" was moving to Europe, needed to sell quickly, etc.

A little digging turned up reports of scammers creating sites for fake escrow companies.
Robert Crawford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2005, 09:26 PM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 25
Thanks

thanks i got outta that one
Shane Miesse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #5
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posts: 8,308
Better safe than scammed! You dodged that one Shane.
__________________
Need to rent camera gear in Vancouver BC?
Check me out at camerarentalsvancouver.com
Dylan Couper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2005, 10:49 AM   #6
RED Code Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Holland
Posts: 12,514
wasn't "western union" a callsign for SCAM basically?
__________________

Rob Lohman, visuar@iname.com
DV Info Wrangler & RED Code Chef

Join the DV Challenge | Lady X

Search DVinfo.net for quick answers | Buy from the best: DVinfo.net sponsors
Rob Lohman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 18th, 2005, 12:51 PM   #7
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posts: 8,308
Generaly, yes, that's one of the biggest ones.

Also, there are a lot of fake Escrow companies out there as well that these tools set up.
__________________
Need to rent camera gear in Vancouver BC?
Check me out at camerarentalsvancouver.com
Dylan Couper is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:40 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network