Just a note about a scammer operating with impunity this very day. I'm a little humiliated to reveal this because it shows my ignorance when I was brand new at E-bay purchases. Nonetheless, I want to educate others as to what's going on & warn you not to deal with a known con artist.
Right now, you may notice two bikes currently listed on E-bay by a "mogulpal". One is a Masi, the other a Gios (here's a like to the Masi: http://ebay.com/<blah>
I dealt with Mogulpal several months ago- bid on his Gios, didn't win it as it never reached reserve. Contacted Mogulpal thru E-Bay after the auction about a "second chance" purchase option. MogulPal sent me bogus e-mails appearing to be from E-Bay notifying me I'd won the bike & asked me to send money by Western Union, as his Paypal acct was down. In reviewing Mogulpal's 100% E-Bay record, I assumed it was safe to deal with him. His scam E-bay notification also stated that he had money in an escrow account to insure the buyer's satisfaction.
After paying the money by WU, the bike was never shipped. When I emailed Mogulpal, he continually claimed that he had mistakenly shipped two bikes to me instead of one, and asked me to send another chunk of $ so he could have the second one released to me.
E-Bay refused to do anything about this con game, because it happened off of E-Bay. Authorities have done nothing either.
Turns out that MogulPal has a site (mogulpal.com) chock full of juicy bikes & parts, ready to entice a trusting buyer to send money. He generally claims the bikes are in Los Altos, CA, but he is located in Germany. MogulPal's given name could be Luchas Frand or Johannes Steilmann of Hamburg.
Sorry about the long e-mail, but I don't want anyone else to get conned by this thief.
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