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Old 03-13-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Possibly Scammed by "kamakazi" (Jodie Reed) - Please help

Well, this is a sad day, but I believe I have been scammed by a forum member "kamakazi". I bought a set of rims/tires from him back in January, but never received them. After I paid him, he told me that they were stolen from his garage. He expressed he was experiencing some personal problems at the time and asked me to wait until he gets his tax refund to pay me back. I felt bad for him so I agreed to work with him. Last contact I had with him was an email on February 5, 2008. I read over all his previous posts on the forum, and he seems to be a pretty standup guy. Maybe he is really having problems... Any help locating this individual is appreciated.
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Seller ID: "kamakazi" (also known as "modular" on Focaljet)
Seller Name: Jodie Reed
Seller Location: Loveland, OH
Seller Paypal ID/Email: jodiemreed74@yahoo.com
Item purchased: A set of 16x7 OZ Ultraleggera rims with 215/45/16 Dunlop Direzza DZ101 tires. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=145127
Date payment sent: January 9, 2008 via Paypal



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Old 03-13-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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hasn't posted since 1-9 but shows he was logged on the forum march 4.
dont know what to tell you, should have filed a paypal complaint right away instead of trusting him.
Sorry man
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:45 AM   #3
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can he still file a claim thru paypal? hopefully he send u ur stuff back man
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:09 AM   #4
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can he still file a claim thru paypal? hopefully he send u ur stuff back man
I tried filing a claim thru paypal, but I'm past their 45-day limit to file a claim. I think they only provide protection on ebay transactions so a personal transaction like this is not covered anyways...
I just wanted to share my bad experience with other forum members.
I've never had any issues buying stuff online before this happened so I probably wasn't being as cautious as I should have been. I learned my lesson the hard way.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #5
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dont buy from fourms.....everyones been getting screwed....

thats why whenever im selling or buying i always keep it LOCAL
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:59 PM   #6
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There's nothing wrong with negotiating purchases via a forum, but then a good idea is to move the transaction to a protected system. I believe it is possible to create eBay auctions with a fixed price and for a specific user. That way everyone gets the buyer/seller protections offered by both eBay and PayPal. Just my $0.12 worth. (Adjusted for inflation of course :)
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Old 03-14-2008, 06:40 PM   #7
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I hope you can contact him soon and get things worked out. The moderator staff here will help you out if you need anymore help. Just send one of us a PM.

I've sold & bought stuff off here without any problem the 5 years I have been here. I hate to hear of people getting scammed like this because it makes me not trust too many people now and it also makes me feel like no one trusts me when I sell something.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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I hope you can contact him soon and get things worked out. The moderator staff here will help you out if you need anymore help. Just send one of us a PM.

I've sold & bought stuff off here without any problem the 5 years I have been here. I hate to hear of people getting scammed like this because it makes me not trust too many people now and it also makes me feel like no one trusts me when I sell something.
Thanks for the offer to help. I may take you up on it.
I hear you about the trust thing. I'm definitely going to be more careful from now on. This was a very expensive lesson for me.

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Paypal does protect you in private transactions if you file a claim
I tried filing a claim thru Paypal, but got a message saying that "this type of transaction is not protected". It didn't really tell me what they meant by "this type" of transaction, though...

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I doubt that they were stolen. Have you checked over on FJ to see if he has a for sale thread over there?
He did have them posted on FJ at the same time. I guess it's possible he sold them to someone else while taking my money also.
At this point, I'm not really expecting to get my money back. I just don't understand how people can sleep at night after pulling off a stunt like this
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Paypal does protect you in private transactions if you file a claim
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I doubt that they were stolen. Have you checked over on FJ to see if he has a for sale thread over there?
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