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Bad news Possible Gunstar Scam!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by littleJon365, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. littleJon365

    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    Hi all,

    just a quick heads up that there is a (possible) scam on Gunstar. I sold a S200 on here to @Reecius not so long ago, who was local to me. My pictures from here have appeared on there along with the same description. looks like the freeadds scammers at it again which is a shame as I've found Gunstar to be pretty good in the past.

    I've reported it to Gunstar. I've also emailed the seller and will see if he will meet up

    https://www.gunstar.co.uk/air-arms-s200-mk3-177-air-rifles/Air-Guns/1283801

    Goes by the profile name of Gspul, advert reference is: GS03796EC , S200 mk3 .177

    Take care,
    Jon
     
  2. SamG340

    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    It looks so legitimate, there's just no way to tell :facepalm:

    Thanks for pointing it out :)
     
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  3. jonnyuk

    jonnyuk Posting Addict

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    The same happened to me on Gun Trader when I was selling my Ultimate Sporter.

    I emailed GunTrader and they ignored the email and let the guy rip off an innocent person.

    I'd never, ever use these sites again!



    - JonnyUK
     
  4. Twoplusfour1

    Twoplusfour1 Donator

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    Time for a forum watermark? Is it possible for uploaded sales pics to be watermarked without mods having to do it manually each time?
     
  5. littleJon365

    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    id not seen many on these sites until the collapse of FreeAdds and then all sorts seem to come up each week.
     
  6. SamG340

    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    I think that's a good idea.

    Not sure if they could do it specifically for the sales section might have to be for every picture posted on the site
     
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  7. jonnyuk

    jonnyuk Posting Addict

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    There may be a site that does somewhere. That's a brilliant idea. It should be worded something similar to...

    "Selling on AirgunForum.co.uk. Please check authenticity of a sale if listed anywhere else." ?



    - JonnyUK
     
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  8. robs5230

    robs5230 Oversprung

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    A seller in exactly the same area was fraudulently advertising a Rapid a few weeks ago. Its a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, quite near me.
     
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    robs5230 Oversprung

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    Regarding folk stealing pictures, it would be far easier to deny public access to the whole forum.
    Membership only
     
  10. SamG340

    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    I've had a look online, you can get a forum app that lets the user choose if they want to water mark a picture or not. Think that would work ?

    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/tl-watermark.7380/
     
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  11. SamG340

    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    Also how about having name / date on a piece of paper in every picture, not just one
     
  12. jonnyuk

    jonnyuk Posting Addict

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    Someone could still sign up, grab the images and only return when they want more.

    This wouldn't work.





    - JonnyUK
     
  13. robs5230

    robs5230 Oversprung

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    I agree it wouldnt be a cure entirely but it would surely minimise the risk.
     
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  14. Jimmypie

    Jimmypie Pffft , Pop , Twang , Bang

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    It seems the Freeads parasites are getting settled into their new homes nicely , the out and out scammers using gunstar and the wannabe RFD’s using MEWE .

    :(
     
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  15. SamG340

    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    I think it would help, but it would also cut out everyone using Google looking for help with their airgun

    I know I used this site 100s of times before I ever signed up
     
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  16. Twoplusfour1

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    I'm sure plenty will complain but I wouldn't mind paying a monthly fee for access to the sales section either.
    *edit* it would be a bit crap if I just needed a trigger guard screw or similar I guess.
     
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  17. Jimmypie

    Jimmypie Pffft , Pop , Twang , Bang

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    or perhaps just the classifieds , make it like the hunting section .
     
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  18. Jamie P

    Jamie P Engaging Member

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    These scammers must be pretty tech savvy, so wouldn't be easy for them to quickly digitally 'remove' anything in the images that they didn't want before they used them? I think some sort of watermarking system may be the answer, perhaps with text similar to what jonnyuk suggested earlier in this thread.
     
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  19. Twoplusfour1

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    Mewe's great, it's like freeads meets Facebook but it's got the added bonus of seeing the same advert twelve times in a row:D
     
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  20. Mike Watkins

    Mike Watkins Woody Woodgate

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    Although a watermark is a great idea, I think this ^^^^ is definitely the first step.

    Maybe it should now be a forum rule that all photos have name, date and also AGF in big letters as well.

    577B1E02-25FD-4BF1-94F2-7E4668A59EA0.jpeg
     
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