I too had my call "highjacked" on QTH.com. The scammers look for good
feedback on the feedback page and uses the call.
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Watch out for a scam by Alex Barski. VE3XAX
> you are dealing with a case of stolen identity. Alex is a respected member
> of the Ham community in Toronto and a known contester. And I can not
> recognize the "bluemail.org" email as his that the other person made a
> reference to in the link you provided. Also, Alex is not 16-20 years old,
> as you can see on his WEB page
> --- On Wed, 6/15/11, David Kirkby <email@example.com> wrote:
>> From: David Kirkby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Subject: [Amps] Watch out for a scam by Alex Barski. VE3XAX
>> To: "amps" <email@example.com>
>> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, "Discussion of precise time and frequency
>> measurement" <email@example.com>, "Yaesu" <Yaesu@mailman.qth.net>
>> Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 10:42 AM
>> I advertised on eHam.net and qrz.com
>> that I was looking for a Kenwood
>> AT-230 ATU. I got a reply from someone claiming to be Alex
>> Barski from
>> Canada with the callsign VE3XAX who has an email address
>> I've no idea if his real name is that, or if he
>> holds that callsign, but I'm suspicious.
>> This person offered me the ATU for $220 shipped to my
>> house, but there
>> were a number of things that make me suspicious this is a
>> 1) When I checked on QRZ.COM, the address and name did not
>> agree with
>> the callsign. The only similarity was they were in Canada.
>> Today when
>> I checked, the information agreed.But yesterday they were
>> 2) When I offered to pay via Paypal, I received this:
>> "Thanks for the response to my email David but i am sorry i
>> don't use
>> paypal or bank transfer as means of payment due to the
>> giving to me by my bank and lawyer but i will entertain any
>> other safe
>> and reliable mode of payment. Also what is your full
>> information and we can discuss about the payment over the
>> phone, give
>> me your number and i will give you a call to talk."
>> This immediately made me "smell a rat", but I decided to
>> play along
>> and gave him my mobile phone number.
>> 3) Today he rings me, withholding the number, and says
>> Western Union
>> would be a safe method of payment.
>> I'm rather sorry I did not play him along a lot longer, but
>> I told him
>> the deal was off. I might email him and say I had second
>> thoughts, and
>> will string him along for a bit of fun. But basically be
>> Today I looked on qrz.com and found others have basically
>> formed the
>> same conclusion of this person
>> The strange thing is, the other person reporting the scam
>> also played
>> along with it. Sometimes these scams can be fun! I think
>> I'll play
>> along a bit more too.
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