Folks, PLEASE use extreme caution swapping and/or buying from people who:
· Have NO callsign.
(After all, it is not that tough for people to be legally licensed if really interested in ham radio.)
· Address does not MATCH the FCC callsign database.
(Perhaps the person just made up the callsign so you would think he/she is a ham. Use the QTH.com callsign lookup link which is on every page on this site, to verify the address you are sending the check or equipment to, is the same as the what the FCC has on file for that callsign.)
· Has a freebie email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Scammers have ruined this for honest people who want to take advantage of these services.)
· Has no phone number or an untraceable phone number
(Search for the number using Google, no hits? Time to wonder why…)
· Has negative feedback on the Feedback Forum
). (Negative feedback rarely “just happens.” Usually there is a reason for it.)
· Has to sell the item “ASAP” or “Right Away.”
(There are many reasons for needing to sell something in a rush but there is NO reason for you to rush into buying it.)
· Does not give his/her first and last name in the ad.
(How are you going to find “Jim” in Denver where thousands of “Jim’s” live?)
· Wants you to send money right away or the deal will go to another who is waiting to buy it.
(This in an old very time worn ploy and probably needs no further comment. But it still happens.)
· Has no callsign, is not a legitimate dealer, and wants to sell you a transmitter of any kind.
(Ask yourself what an unlicensed person is doing with a transmitter or amplifier that requires a proper FCC license to legally use.)
· Wants to send you a CASHIERS CHECK for MORE than the agreed upon sale amount, then wants you to send the balance to a third party.
This is a well known scam. The cachiers check will turn out to be fraudulent and may come back to you weeks later from the bank, meanwhile you are out the money you sent to the third party.
If any one of the above fits a prospective seller, your resources could be at risk, so start asking serious, direct questions. If you don’t hear the right answers, look somewhere else. After all, there are thousands of good solid honest sellers out there and there is no deal good enough to throw caution to the wind.