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My encounter with the Russian mob on eBay: A cautionary tale....

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I just feel like telling this story....  

A while back, I sold a used, water damaged iPhone on eBay for $70.  I had never had any kind of fraud issue on eBay, and was not my usual vigilant self that day.

The buyer messaged me and said that the eBay payment system wasn't working in the listing, and could he paypal me directly.  I said no problem (I know, I know.)
Received a payment, but from a different name than the buyer.  (Yep, I know.)
Sent the thing to the stated shipping address in Florida.

Once it had been received by the buyer, the paypal payment was reversed.  The payer claimed to never have received the item.  Of course, there was nothing I could do, because I couldn't connect the payer to the buyer.  When I messaged the buyer, he had a great laugh at my expense, mocked me and sent me gross porn pictures.  Sigh.  When I researched the address and the buyer name, I found that there is a Russian (actually Georgian) gang that steals items on eBay and uses the address of a freight forwarder in Florida to have them shipped to Georgia.  Knowing that it was a lost cause, I nevertheless did my due diligence reported the fraud and system to FBI, USPS, PayPal, etc., and messaged eBay to remove the user.

The next morning, I received a message from the buyer: "Please unlock the phone."
I HAD NOT UNLOCKED THE PHONE CORRECTLY – Yay me!
I went into my iCloud account and put a lock on the phone with Erase instructions should he ever managed to crack in.

The Creep assured me that if I would only unlock the phone, he would send payment straight away!  I told him what I thought of him.  Nevertheless, he persisted.    I said, "Nyet."  And that is the end of the story.  I have to say that the satisfaction of getting revenge was worth the trouble.  Plus, the joy of knowing exactly what kind of water damage was done to that phone.  

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Green for story time, thanks for sharing.

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I not done with you. Unlock phone now, or I send enforcer.

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In Russia phone drops you in the shitter.

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In Russia, we elect YOUR president.

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ZenNUTS said:   In Russia, we elect YOUR president.
  So true.  

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ZenNUTS said:   In Russia, we elect YOUR president.
In America you elect President and they gone in 4-8 years.  The Supreme Court Justices that President gets put on the bench are there for a long long time.  That's who you elect President for in America 101, and the Russians have nothing to do with that.make no mistake about it

Feel free to delete this Mods  I just wanted to give some edjumication 

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Larryslug said:   
ZenNUTS said:   In Russia, we elect YOUR president.
In America you elect President and they gone in 4-8 years.  The Supreme Court Justices that President gets put on the bench are there for a long long time.  That's who you elect President for in America 101, and the Russians have nothing to do with that.
 

  
*snort*

or, if you prefer

*snortski*

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