Bogus Seller FT-897 KD5CDU

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W5INC
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Bogus Seller FT-897 KD5CDU

Post by W5INC » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:21 pm

Sent Express mail package and USPS Mo to Lanny Dean KD5CDU for a FT-897 that was supposed to be upgraded to a D model. Lanny recieved the money on 11/15/2005 and has sent no radio up to this point. Doesn't return phone calls or Emails, DEADBEAT SELLER looks like. Will be giving the Postal Inspectors this information and will see what can be done. Money was sent to Witchita Ks address where he supposedly has moved to. BEWARE OF THIS LOSER :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Post by W5INC » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:54 pm

Still no word from Lanny about the FT-897 I sent money for on 11/12/05. No return calls or Emails. Now waiting for time to expire on Registered letter I sent Lanny asking for my money back. Once I recieve the Registered Mail back the police will be able to go after him for theft. Hope this posting keeps HONEST hams away from Lanny so they don't have to go though same things I am faceing now. Sure throws a dampner on my dealings over the net from now on73's W5INC

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Post by W5INC » Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:49 pm

UPDATE: After going thru the maze of misinformation and Law Enforcement professionals who haven't kept up with the theft on the internet, a few facts for Amateurs trying to get their money back. The Police report that counts is in the jurisdictation of where the crime was committed. If you send a check, money order or cash to a person and you don't recieve your goods the crime occured in that person's jurisdiction. In my case sent USPS MO to KS that is where the crime was committed. Most DA offices are setting up a division to take care of this problem. The Police have higher priority matters to take care of which is understandable. As far as Postal Inspectors go you can just about forget about their services. Was told not enough money was involved for them to look into it. Don't know the outcome but looks dim for me to get my money back. Sent DA in KS all documents will see what happens. Comes down to buyer beware. As soon as this scam becomes mainstream it will destroy most of the boards like this. The theives will have a field day knowing not much chance of being caught. Makes me think long and hard about doing buisness this way again. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Post by bw3 » Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:45 am

I've had the same problem with a money sent and nothing in return. I only got burned once and it where there is no feedback attached to the seller/buyer.
I've done 58 sells/buys with only one problem and that was a little one... the item was not as good as advertised.
My mistake with Dave Garrison, AL4A, was the Postal Money Order and no feedback on him to give me an idea where hes coming from. Ive bought from here a couple of times with good results, but without some feedback to go by it's a tough one. Ive found most (Dave, AL4A not included) are honest and easy to work with, but your never guaranteed.
Hope your stuff shows uo, but as in my case, 3 months is a long time.

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Post by nova1010 » Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:49 pm

Hi Michael,I know what your going through,this is what I did,when it happened to me.

Saved all emails(wich were'nt all that many)

Tracked down his phone number(wich he fused to give)

Tracked down his place of work,to try and contact him.

Saved and printed off all emails and tracking information.5 copys of each,1 for the FCC,The ARRL,His local PD,MY local PD,and his local Ham group.

Contacted and emailed eveyone in his local Ham Group(it was 1 of the local Ham guys there that suplied me with all the email addresses :) )

In the End I did get my Alinco DJ-2000T back,with no manual+duty fees,so I did get the radio back with a little preasure,cost me $78 not including long distance calls from here(Ontario Canada) to (Frackville PA)better than losing a $800CDN radio though.

I wish you all the luck in getting whats owed to you,and keep the preasure on the scammers,someday and hopfully soon they all might go back to the rock they crawled out from under.good luck
Shawn(nova1010)

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Post by W5INC » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:29 pm

Update 01/30/2006: I recieved from Lanny a bank check for the full amount that I sent to him. Lanny explained that he had family problems which can happen to anyone. Just wished he called or emailed me to let me know so all of this time and effort wouldn't have been spent getting my money back. In the end Lanny seems like an honest person and just got caught up in circumstances that arise in life. Thanks for looking, Mike

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