First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
Post Reply Ever been scammed online before?
795 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / F
Offline
Posted 10/14/17 , edited 10/15/17
Ever been scammed before?

Comment your story below
20760 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
48 / M / Auburn, Washington
Offline
Posted 10/14/17 , edited 10/15/17
I joined an online magician's club in the mid-1990s. They told me to send my application with a $20 bill in a white envelope that was itself sealed in a blue envelope. I sent them the money and never got anything.

This was before we had very robust laws about online business, so I didn't have enough information to pursue a refund. I chalked it up to experience and moved on.
3117 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
I once bought a jar of oxygen, Turned out to be empty when it arrived.
55218 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
100 / M
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Yes, when I thought for the first time I finally found Kung Fu: The Legend Continues series with English Subtitles, but found out they lied to me just to get me to buy it lol. What I did was asking them via email about it and they reply Yes, Yes it is. Once I recieved it from China, I realized the disc look like it was copy.. and the video was horrible.. there no English subtitles on them of course lol. Of course I had to report them!

That how badly I wanted to see Kung Fu the Legend Continues series lol... But I must have English subtitles in order to enjoy the show.

673 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
16 / M / England, Norfolk,...
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
G2A, bought a game, "this key isn't valid"
26742 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
31 / M
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
I was working on a project with a group of people when one of the other members jumped the gun and bought a 2 tools that we needed (then gave some spiel about he didn't ask the credit card holders permission before hand as he wanted to make sure the order was processed before the due date. Mainly because no one had mentioned buying the items and the date was creeping up.)
I then sent him the money via paypal to cover the fee for it because we needed it. Then he contacted the company canceled the order then ran off with the money that I sent him.
I found him online months later and asked and got a "I'm broke so I can't pay you back. Ask again later." So I thought I wont bother wasting my time anymore on it.

Another time I bought a bunch of "non opened games' off eBay which all turned out that they where open and used so 100% worthless. Also the packaging they where sent in was covered in bird poop. So no idea what I did to them but they clearly hated me lol.
Apparently paypal/eBay where only going to side with the seller due to the nature of the games requiring codes so I never bothered asking for a refund.
19150 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
31 / M
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
A few times when buying from eBay. Luckily eBay seems to favour the customer always so I easily got my money back. Almost always Chinese sellers which is why I generally avoid them like the plague on there now.

Once ordered a vinyl from a seller on discogs and they ended up sending me a cd. They fought me on it even though my message and order said I specifically requested vinyl. Plus I had paid vinyl pricing and not cd pricing. Discogs kind of helped but it was mostly PayPal that helped by refunding my payment. Guy quickly sent my vinyl after that. I only returned the cd once I had received the lp as I was wary that the person lied or had damaged the vinyl before sending.

I also buy retro games so there's always the risk of games not working when receiving them through online purchasing. So I've lost money sometimes there. Nothing that cost much though.
55218 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
100 / M
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17

cdarklock wrote:

I joined an online magician's club in the mid-1990s. They told me to send my application with a $20 bill in a white envelope that was itself sealed in a blue envelope. I sent them the money and never got anything.

This was before we had very robust laws about online business, so I didn't have enough information to pursue a refund. I chalked it up to experience and moved on.


Heh, perhaps they gave you "Good Luck" Blessing! after receiving your $20.00 dollar!
55218 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
100 / M
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17

Ibkickin2 wrote:

I once bought a jar of oxygen, Turned out to be empty when it arrived.


The second you open the jar, you have gain 20 years of Oxygen!
47476 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Sweden
Online
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Nope never been scammed


ronchester44 wrote:

G2A, bought a game, "this key isn't valid"


If you bought something from G2A or another grey market key-reseller then I honestly think you deserved it
16 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
O
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Once bought the limited edition of a game off ebay. The limited edition didn't necessarily sell for a lot more, it just included a bunch of dlc codes, a special disc, and a copy of a 'season pass' I guess.

I ordered it in March and it ended up coming that May but I just was like, "okay whatever at least I got it." Open up the package and it is in the limited edition case, so that's good but inside of it is just the normal game disc and no season pass. I just brushed that off because I got it for a pretty cheap price, I can just purchase the season pass or whatever later.

Decide to put in the dlc codes for special armor and weapons which help you boost early-game and a fun little message appeared.

"This code has been used."

Well, sh*t.

The lesson: buy from sellers with more than a dozen sales and also remember that ebay has a return policy.
7922 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
The first time I was buying stuff from Japan, I used a site called Samurai Buyer. This was basically a proxy site i.e. they'd buy stuff from you form Japanese sellers (e.g. Rakuten, Amazon) and then ship it you. I heard about it though a few youtube channels (the guy on the channel was giving out a code for free shipping or a discount or something). Now, being the dumb 15/16-year-old I was, I went and bought some stuff from this site. They said that they'd charge me later for shipping to my country once they had got my items (the items themselves were decently priced since they were the prices displayed on the Japanese site).
They told me I would have to pay a 'tariff' fee on top of my shipping (I still have no idea what this is), and when they gave me a link to find out more about what it was, the website was completely in Japanese (how wonderful if you have hardly any knowledge in Japanese like I did at the time) so I had no idea what it was, but I figured that it wouldn't be that much. When they sent me an email about paying for my for my shipping and this tariff fee, it came to be around half of the price I had paid for my items (my items weren't even that heavy; maybe a few ounces or less). I figured that I probably wouldn't have had to pay much more after that (little naive old me didn't think customs were that expensive), so I went ahead and paid for it (this was all with the cheapest shipping option btw).
The items took 2 months to arrive, and then I got a letter from my local customs office saying that I had to pay a bit more than the price of my shipping to receive the items. I wasn't even enraged; I kinda thought this was the normal for importing things from Japan (it really isn't).

It was maybe a year or two after, when I started buying stuff from Japan again, that I realised how dodgy this website really was. Every other website I've used to order stuff from Japan give you the shipping prices beforehand (and they don't charge ridiculous amounts, and customs isn't even that much), and the shipping is a lot faster. I went and looked up Samurai Buyer again, and found out a lot of shit about them; I wasn't the only one that had to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping. Every positive review on their facebook page was like 'oh but it's shipping from Japan so obviously it'll be expensive!'. No...this company doesn't even give any indication of international shipping costs at all and even other proxy sites offer much cheaper shipping. I don't even use proxy shipping because I'm so sceptical that I'll get scammed because of this site, but I know a lot of people who have do't proxy shipping on other sites and have had a decent experience. Oh, and their boss is a scammer who uses his employees (just google samurai buyer, it's kinda messed up). I'm glad that all those youtubers have cut ties with him, at least.
673 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
16 / M / England, Norfolk,...
Offline
Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
Also, elaborate, why did I deserve it? I would love to know
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.