Roy Herold
Sat, 10 Jul 2010 12:07:07 PDT
Bob, I believe you have hit the nail on the head.

Everybody, do a little investigation of the situation before speculating 

Just Google Scadoxus cyrtanthiflora, and you come up with some eBay 
feedback from a member named 'cytisx'  who purchased a bulb from 
'neonlemmy', the seller in North Carolina. Check out Neonlemmy's 
feedback, and you will see postive feedback from two Scadoxus 
cyrtanthiflora purchasers, the aforementioned 'cytisx' (who happens to 
be in Sweden) and 'panamajoe7444' in the US. Seems like good references 
to me.

More importantly, the second to last feedback entry reads:

sale voided. sellers ebay &paypal accounts were stolen. sad for both of us	
Member id lunchboxcharlie
	May 06, 2010 16:20
       Reply by neonlemmy (May 11, 2010 19:57):
       Buyer given full refund.

Furthermore, 'neonlemmy' has cancelled the account, probably because of 
this identity theft.

Tomas probably received the second chance offer from the thief, not the 
real 'neonlemmy', and jumped at the opportunity to get a rare bulb. 
Complaints to Ms Harris may have been ignored because she was NOT the 
recipient of the payment, and had not made the sales offer.

I could be completely wrong, but it sounds logical to me.

It's a cruel world out there. Be careful.


Bob Rutemoeller wrote:
> Tomas,
> This reminds me of a similar problem a few years ago when I was bidding 
> for a new scanner for my office. I stopped bidding when it went beyond 
> what I felt was reasonable.
> Later I received an email message that looked like it came from Ebay 
> offering me a "second chance" for a similar scanner. The response was 
> not through Ebay and that made me cautious. I later found out there were 
> some fraudulent contacts with bidders and that this had nothing to do 
> with the seller or Ebay. So please be careful when not dealing with a 
> trusted source. It may just be someone trying to extract money or 
> personal information that they can use for fraud.
> In your case it is possible that someone else miss represented 
> themselves as the innocent seller and stole your money. The golden age 
> of the Internet is over. One now has to keep up with anti virus and anti 
> spyware as well as being suspicious of some email offers.
> Bob
> Bob Rutemoeller
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