So a few days ago I was looking at a Nintendo Switch that was priced at $240 with amiibos and came with 5 games. I messaged the profile user named: Marcus and he seemed pretty chill at first. He said that he would ship through USPS and that he would ship by about 7pm. I ended up telling him I would buy it later when I had all of my money situated and he complied. So later than evening around 3 or 4 hours later...I ended up messaging him saying I had the money and I was ready to pay. He then proceeded to ask if it was okay if I would pay through Google Pay vs the in app because the money would take about a week or so to send, and my dumb self said yes because at the time I was super excited I was getting a deal on the switch and I've sold before and sometimes the app will hold your money depending on the bank. So he then gave me an email and I sent the money and that was that. Then thats where the sketchiness started. I asked him numerous times where was his location because he was supposed to ship it and he made an excuse saying, "Its raining hard and the post office just closed." So I kind of brushed it off because most people do end up shipping a few days later but I still was speculative. So this morning I woke up because he said I can expect to hear from him first thing in the morning. From me just opening the app I knew it was a scam because his profile picture had changed to a completely different person and in addition he deactivated his account. I just got so angry because I saw the red flags but I just didnt pursue. Currently my bank is processing my refund but not only that, more evidence arose to show that it was a scam from the start. I went on my computer and through the lifesaving emails I had it showed that he had changed his profile picture well before I even paid and shortly after I made the purchase, I noticed how he stopped responding in full sentences like he was.
So I just wanted to warn people to just stop and think about what you are doing despite the deals these scammers put out. I know we get excited and that we all want a good deal, but it ultimately can blind us in the process. Also notice the red flags and ask questions. I saw red flags but didnt react because I became so acustom to the whole process of buying through apps like this. I just wanted to end this post with a list of red flags to look out for based off my first scamming experience.
I got almost the exact same scam on OfferUp. Dude was asking for $200 for a Nintendo Switch (Name is Lito Velez from Newark, New Jersey) and he was asking to have the money transferred through the app Zelle since the money would have been heald by OfferUp for about a week or so, which all seemed reasonable. I accepted and sent the money, to which he said he would have it shipped first thing the next morning. Tried to contact him but he had apparanently blocked my number and email as I could not reach him through either means. He had thge TruYou check by his account, four 5-star ratings, and was selling other items such as a Nintendo 3DS with some games and other items.
I just wanted to tag onto this post as it was almost the exact same setup, and I should have seen the signs before hand, but just was too blinded by my excitement to get a Nintendo Switch for that low of a price. Just because the user has their phone and email verified as well as the TruYou check mark doesn't automatically make them a trustworthy person. Never ever send money through a 3rd party app for any item you want to purchase through OfferUp, and never underestimate the tricks these people have gotten.
I hope that this post will help someone to realize that if the offer seems to good to be true, then 9 times out of ten it is. Be safe out there.
Dude I got scammed by the same dude only diff is I made him show a pic of his shipping receipt before I paid and he did, it was supposed to arrive today I checked the trevking and it went to a diff address in pa I’m from ca. I’m outraged🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ What did u end up doing did u get ur money back? How? I’m in the same boat