My Tip for Safe Trading

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My Tip for Safe Trading

Post by k4kk » Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:08 am

Before I send money (or any negotiable paper that equals money) to an individual in another place, I try to do due dilligence. Many here want a callsign. Others have no such requirement. One thing I insist on is a home phone number. I then cross reference the number with the callsign/address. If you get a callsign that doesn't match the address, there is an almost universal red flag. The same is true for the phone number. Did you know that you can put a phone number (format xxx-xxx-xxxx) into and it will return a name/address? Try it with your own number -- you'll be surprised. In addition, there is even a link to map to that location! (I find that a little scary but...) If the number, callsign, and address all match I have never been burned. The only time I got burned, I did not have a phone number and am still trying to get one!

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Post by KA9FOX » Sat May 01, 2004 3:50 pm

Using Google and the FCC's callsign database to try to match a person seems like a great idea!

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Post by W0LPQ » Sun May 02, 2004 12:32 am

Scott, KK has an excellent idea. I have used it...and it does in fact work like a charm...!!

If more people would just USE the stuff available to them..Google and such, then I firmly believe we would have less problems than some seem to have now..!


Bill, W0LPQ

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