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    Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    Hello guys,

    One of my friends was looking for a 14MZ and found an ad by a user called "top3d" for a 14MZ and closed a deal, and immidiately paid with paypal.

    The seller provided an invalid USPS tracking number, and when my friend opened a paypal dispute, the seller thretened to "ask USPS to return the package" so my friend closed the dispute (BAD judgement there since a closed dispute cant be reopened).

    Anyway, as you would think, no package, no tracking, no money and no more communication from the seller !!

    Here are the seller details he gave my friend:

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    OFFICIAL RCUNIVERSE INVOICE

    The following invoice was generated by you in connection
    with Item No: 377412 sold in the auctions & classified
    marketplace of RC Universe or one of its network affiliate
    sites.

    Bill To:
    XXXXXX (my friend who wishes to stay anonimous)

    From:
    graciliano cordero
    112 llanada
    quebradillas , N/A 00612
    PUERTO RICO (USA)
    mrctattoo@gmail.com
    7875629932

    Date: 03/15/2008

    Description: Futaba 14MZ Air - FULL SYSTEM!
    Price: 1,450.00
    Quantity: 1
    Sub-Total: 1,450.00
    -----------------
    Tax: 0.00
    Shipping: 0.00
    -----------------
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    Total: $1,450.00

    Payments Accepted:
    PayPal

    Payment Terms:
    i will accept paypal only as payment and i will pay for
    shipping if is 50 or less with i think it will so please
    send payment via paypal thanks
    -------------------------------------------------------------------

    The seller used his GMAIL with 2 different names (note name on his paypal is Ariel Rivera)L
    Junior Mendez
    Graciliano Cordero

    These are the phone numbers which he provided:
    787-547-4711
    787-562-9932
    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    This is the paypal dispute:

    Non-receipt - Case ID: PP-439-644-647

    Dispute Closed: 3/17/2008 16:56 PDT

    Transaction ID: 6W762658RT423301F

    Seller Name & Email: Ariel Rivera, mrctattoo@gmail.com

    Transaction Amount: -$1,450.00 USD

    Transaction Date: 3/15/2008 07:33 PDT

    Package Status: USPS tracking # CJ280612089US

    Total Messages: 6
    Last 5 Show All
    From PayPal: PayPal on 3/17/2008 16:56 PDT
    PayPal Note: Buyer confirmed that buyer and seller reached
    an amicable resolution on this Dispute and buyer closed the
    Dispute.

    From Seller: Ariel Rivera on 3/17/2008 14:24 PDT
    hey sir. first of all i just sent the radio on sat. two days
    ago, second of all i sent you tracking info you can check
    the tracking here on top where it says packege status also
    are you trying to get the radio and the money too? i reply
    to all of your email but there so much i can do, you say
    that you call me but man its been two days only and it was
    weekend what you want me to do i did my pard and now you
    open a dispute? you got to be kidding right?
    now i will ask you kindly to close the dispute or i will be
    force to contact usps to see if i can have the radio back,
    so is up to you so let me know by today or i will contact
    usps thanks for your time


    I hear he's doing this on HeliFreak as well trying to sell a 14MZ or trade for a turbine helicopter.. can anyone help in tracking down this guy ??
    thanks for your time.
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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    As your friend should have already found, this seller has been banned from RCUniverse because of reports such as this.

    Your friend should contact the authorities in Puerto Rico with all of the information he has so they can locate the guy and bring him to justice.

    Please note this is precisely why we recommend using Escrow.com whenever dealing with an unknown private party through the internet.
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    If it seems to good to be true, it more than likely is.

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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    just to let you know...I live between Puerto Rico and Miami because of my bussiness....I will try to HELP you.... I am an active seller on RCU and on Ebay....

    I called the 2 phone #'s on the answering machine message and there is an answering machine that replies in spanish the phone #'s and asks to leave a message...

    I left a message to call to my phone #... I did not identified myself, because Puerto Rico IS small and people in the HOBBY know me....

    As soon as they or him answers, i'll try to pass as another person or issue and ask for his name...I will use the excuse of that I cannot hear him well so probably he will give a phone # which is a physical phone # from a place , house or bussiness... thus, we can track him....

    But... both phone #'s are from a mobile #. because the answering machine is from a mobile company...

    hopefully I will be able to help you....
    I also sent an e-mail to your friends e-mail( idanmorn@zahav.net.il )




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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    Thanks so much !!
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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    Vidal_Felipe,hats off to you.-------------------------pub

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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    No answer until now..
    Will keep trying.....

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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    Thanks dude ! we're waiting..
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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    WOW! Any updates on this?

    I just read this and I'm thinking/worried this is the same person on RCGroups.com going by the username mrctattoo and that I may have been duped along with a number of others on May 25. I paid him via PayPal (using CC) on 5/25 and then after that I have not heard a thing about the JR 9303 2.4gHz radio being sent and so far no replies to my PM's (sent last night) or e-mail(s) (sent today) Another one of his buyer's PM'd me yesterday afternoon to ask if was having trouble getting info/replies. He has been on RCG doing transactions for a while (couple of years it appears) with no apparent/public issues on scamming that I could find. Maybe I'm jumping the gun too early here and need to give mrctattoo at RCGroups.com the benefit of the doubt.

    BTW the name I sent money to on PayPal is Jorge M Martinez Torres and the e-mail account is: mike.556@live.com

    Here is the link my transaction with him:
    mrctattoo on RCGroups.com

    Crossing my fingers..........
    I'll keep you posted on what goes down on this.

    Mike

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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    Given that the seller on RCG has the same username as the email address registered here, and is from P.R., I think there is probably little doubt it is the same person.

    File a report with your CC company IMEDIATELY.
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    RE: Rip Off on 14MZ sale

    ORIGINAL: WECoyote

    WOW! Any updates on this?

    I just read this and I'm thinking/worried this is the same person on RCGroups.com going by the username mrctattoo and that I may have been duped along with a number of others on May 25. I paid him via PayPal (using CC) on 5/25 and then after that I have not heard a thing about the JR 9303 2.4gHz radio being sent and so far no replies to my PM's (sent last night) or e-mail(s) (sent today) Another one of his buyer's PM'd me yesterday afternoon to ask if was having trouble getting info/replies. He has been on RCG doing transactions for a while (couple of years it appears) with no apparent/public issues on scamming that I could find. Maybe I'm jumping the gun too early here and need to give mrctattoo at RCGroups.com the benefit of the doubt.

    BTW the name I sent money to on PayPal is Jorge M Martinez Torres and the e-mail account is: mike.556@live.com

    Here is the link my transaction with him:
    mrctattoo on RCGroups.com

    Crossing my fingers..........
    I'll keep you posted on what goes down on this.

    Mike
    sorrey to tell you
    but yes he is use this name also
    the one that was rip off IT IS ME
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