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Shane Miesse January 17th, 2005 03:55 PM

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?

Rhett Allen January 17th, 2005 04:06 PM


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.

Robert Crawford January 17th, 2005 09:10 PM

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.

Shane Miesse January 17th, 2005 09:26 PM

thanks i got outta that one

Dylan Couper January 18th, 2005 02:49 AM

Better safe than scammed! You dodged that one Shane.

Rob Lohman January 18th, 2005 10:49 AM

wasn't "western union" a callsign for SCAM basically?

Dylan Couper January 18th, 2005 12:51 PM

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.

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