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Old 02-11-2019, 08:01 PM
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Be careful, there is a scam going on right now where an individual contacts you about a guitar you are selling. They ask all the right questions, specs, action, more pics etc. They will agree to buy the guitar and you will receive a fraudulent email from PayPal saying the funds have been paid...It is a well done email looks 100% authentic it even says it's from service@paypal. com. They never pay and you will continue to receive these incredibly well designed emails requesting the tracking number and telling you that the funds will be credited to your account in 3-5 days. They stole my 1977 Gibson Dove Serial number 06143119, and I have already found another forum member that was victimized and his J-29 was stolen.

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:08 PM
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Wow, Iím really sorry to hear that. I hope they catch them.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:13 PM
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Be careful, there is a scam going on right now where an individual contacts you about a guitar you are selling. They ask all the rightnquedtions, specs, action, more pics etc. They will agree to buy the guitar and you will receive a fraudulent email from PayPal saying the funds have been paid...It is a well done email looks 100% authentic it even says it's from service@paypal. com. They never pay and you will continue to receive these incredibly well designed emails requesting the tracking number and telling you that the funds will be credited to your account in 3-5 days. They stole my 1975 Gibson Dove, and I have already found another forum member that was victimized and his J-29 was stolen.


The PayPal scam is an ongoing theme everywhere. If you have a buyer that wants to pay using PayPal always send them an invoice. Do not accept direct payment. You can check your PayPal account to confirm that payment has been received prior to shipment. Always include shipping, full value insurance and PayPal fees in your sales price.
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Be careful, there is a scam going on right now where an individual contacts you about a guitar you are selling....and I have already found another forum member that was victimized and his J-29 was stolen.
You mean this scam??? https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=528829
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:18 PM
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I know it's too late for you to read this, but you can never ever trust an email, no matter who it looks like it's from.
In this case you would have wanted to directly logon to your own paypal account.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:30 PM
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I found the J-29 for our forum brother. Maybe someone will find my 77 Gibson Dove Serial number 06143119. Reward offered.

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Old 02-11-2019, 08:33 PM
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I found the J-29 for our forum brother. Maybe someone will find my 75 Gibson Dove
Well, that's certainly great news! Hope you find yours soon!
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I found the J-29 for our forum brother. Maybe someone will find my 77 Gibson Dove Serial number 06143119. Reward offered.
How did you find it?
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:27 AM
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I am the original owner of the J-29 that I (yes, stupidly) lost to a scam. I want to thank Forum member RTBGuitar for locating this guitar at a shop in California, and I ask anyone who may run across his lost 1977 Gibson Dove (Serial number 06143119) to contact him through the Private Message system.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:28 AM
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Glad it was found, Martz... gonna get it back?
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:09 AM
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Kerbie - Not sure yet. I'm considering my options . . .
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:10 AM
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Best of luck!
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:09 AM
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The lesson learned here is to “never” use any links. Always sign directly into your pp account, or any other accounts.

Hope you get your guitar back
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Kerbie - Not sure yet. I'm considering my options . . .
Stolen goods when they are found, go back to the owner. It is up to the buyer to make sure he is not buying stolen goods. That may seem unfair to someone who bought stolen goods in good faith but it pays to check.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:06 PM
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Stolen goods when they are found, go back to the owner. It is up to the buyer to make sure he is not buying stolen goods. That may seem unfair to someone who bought stolen goods in good faith but it pays to check.
Yep. Which is why it might be a good idea to report the theft to that area police department. If you contact the seller, they may balk at returning the guitar and do a quick cheap sale on Craigslist or wherever. Whereas if the police get involved, they'll have your guitar. And yes, that would be tough on the seller, but as you said it's their responsibility to know they're not buying stolen goods.
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