A Scammer wasting their time [Craigslist]

On August 8th, 2014 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Internet, Technology

I decided to post a piece of technology for sale on Craigslist, which by the way has not had much success if compared to any other items I have posted and subsequently sold. At first, one individual texted me as soon as the listing was indexed, and offered to send me money via PayPal, including shipping charges. I expressed that I did not accept PayPal, but a wire transfer instead, and then they disappeared:

First Scammer, Text Meesage

 

First attempt to get my money:

The next day, I get an message early in the morning, from someone that was interested. The individual tried the same technique, but once I mentioned that I shall get a direct deposit, that person said they worked with Paypal only:

 

I decided to continue with his game, and gave an email addresses out, which I do not use regularly. As a typical Nigerian scam move, they offered to send an extra $100 for shipping and that I will need to send it out via USPS Express. I mentioned that I will check with my PayPal account soon after they paid:

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The individual promptly pointed that I should check to the email instead (which of course was found in the spam folder) and to follow instructions. I decided to continue. At times, the person was irritating as they were mandating me to reply back, with messages like “Hello, talk to me”. I mentioned that I will be printing the shipping label from PayPal directly, and of course the scammer wanted me to get to the post office ASAP instead. I tried explaining that I will be printing and then dropping off the package, but they didn’t get it. I made up a tracking number and mentioned that it was shipped:

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The individual expressed that they will be communicating to PayPal and thus releasing the funds. However the funds were still on hold as per the email so I promptly pointed out that I instructed USPS to hold the item until funds were released (email snapshots later in the post). I thought the scammer was going to stop by then:

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Second attempt to get my money:

The scammer, not happy with the outcome, decided to come back with another tactic. They wanted to send me money to “upgrade” my PayPal account and thus able to release the funds (my account is already a business one, by the way). They pointed out that I shall send back the money via Western Union. I expressed I will be sending an international money order instead:

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I continued expressing that I will be sending an international money order (in reality it was a copy/paste to dilate the communication as I was busy attending conference calls). I decided at some point to make up a MCTN # and inform that the money was sent. I also made up a name (Rodrigo Cachero, a Mexican actor).

The scammer then got frustrated as they did not see the money “en-routed” and expressed if I was kidding them. I promptly communicated that I instructed Western Union to hold the money until the PayPal funds clear (which I am sure it’s a service that does not exist). Then they got pissed. This is where they left, almost 5 hours later.

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Not just text messages, but also a few “personalized” emails:

While text messaging was the main way of communication, the scammer spent time creating fake emails from paypal, which I saved in PDFs. Four in total.

 

First email, $349 sent:

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With that sender email, and found in the “Spam” folder, that is more than enough to understand it is fake.

Header information can be downloaded here.

 

Second email, PayPal received the tracking number:

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Notice the poor narrative.

Header information can be downloaded here.

 

Third email, Incoming extra $200:

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This one even worse. Informal English with semantic errors.

Header information can be downloaded here.

 

4th and last email. I need to send back $200 via Western Union:

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This one with a broken image.

Header information can be downloaded here.

 

Final thoughts:

The Nigerian scam and all its variants have been around for over 15 years, and it is surprising that they are still trying. That might indicate that they are working, somehow.

In my experience, dealing in-person to sell an item listed on craigslist is the best route to pursue. Cash only.

I remember once in 2005, I accepted a PayPal payment (deposit to my checking account) and I sent an item (a DVD player if I recall correctly). I remember sending it to a verified address, and had no problems with the transaction.

I have also sold several pieces of furniture, and because they were heavy, the buyers needed to come and pick it up from my house. In a couple of occasions, the amount was several hundred dollars; I drove with the buyer to the bank to get them deposited into my checking account. I did not want to risk it with fake bills, particularly because most were $100 dollar ones. That is another suggestion for large purchases.

Finally, whenever possible for small items, get to a public location to meet the buyer. Closer to a police station even better. This will bring peace of mind, and if the buyers accepts, it will be very unlikely to be dealing with a scammer.

Now time for me to lower the price of my item, if I want to sell it.

Archiving MiniDV videos to MP4/M4V

On April 18th, 2014 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Encoding, Media

I forgot how to, and it took me some time to remember. I decided to itemize my steps in a blog post.

What you need before you start:

  1. Ensure that you got a video camera that can playback MiniDV tapes.
  2. A Firewire (IEEE 1394) interface in your PC or laptop.
  3. A Firewire cable that connects your video camera with your PC or laptop.

Steps:

  1. Capture your videos using Windows Movie Maker or WinDV. This will create raw AVI files on your hard drive.
  2. If you ended up with multiple AVI files you wish to concatenate, use VirtualDub. Append your videos using the Append option in the File menu. Ensure that under the Audio and Video menu options, you select the Direct Stream Copy option.
  3. Encode your AVI video using HandBrake. Default options are fine (H.264 for video, AAC for Audio). Just ensure that the Deinterlace option is ON under Filters; Slow is fine.

Final thoughts:

I recommend you keep a backup of both the raw AVI files and the MP4/M4V file you have created. You can even upload them to YouTube (as private for instance) and share it to the ones you care.

Happy archiving!

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Spotify Gapless playback does not work [workaround]

On March 22nd, 2014 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Media

Yes, I was frustrated about this issue, as my [Mix-Cut] albums where not flowing correctly.

This is how you work around the issue:

  1. Desktop app: Menu / Edit / Options
  2. Uncheck Gapless playback option
  3. Check it again
  4. Done

Seems that by default, gapless does not work, even though it is enabled.

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Interaction with @SpotifyCare twitter handle:

Sold! 2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition, with Warranty

On June 10th, 2013 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Cars



 
This car was sold in record 2 days!
Thank you for your interest.

2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition AWD

I have been working from home for the past year and have realized that I no longer have the use for a second car. So I have decided to sell my 2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition
 
LOW 39K MILES
 
ONE OWNER
 
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NO ACCIDENTS
 
ALL WHEEL DRIVE (AWD)
 
DEALER MAINTAINED
 
UNDER WARRANTY UNTIL JULY 2016
 
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HARMAN KARDON STEREO SYSTEM
9 SPEAKERS/FACTORY SUBWOOFER
 
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PRICED TO SELL!
 

 
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Specifications
Make: Subaru Model: Legacy Special Edition Year: 2009
VIN: 4S3BL616997232851 Mileage: Low 39K Title Status: Clear
Engine: 2.5 Liters Body Style: 4 Dr Sedan Transmission: Automatic
Warranty: Subaru Gold Plus 84 months/70K Miles Interior Color: Black Exterior Color: Obsidian Black Metallic
 
Description
The exterior is finished in a beautiful Obsidian Black Metallic paint that has a deep sparkling shine. This car has always been in sunny Florida and has never seen any snow.
The black interior is very clean with no rips or tears on the cloth seats. All the power equipment is in working order.
Mechanically this car is in excellent condition!! It has been dealer maintained according to Manufacturers specifications and is still under Subaru’s extended warranty until July 2016 or 70K miles whichever comes first. I recently had a set of 4 new tires installed.
I have tried my best to accurately describe my Subaru by taking elaborate photos. However, it is very important to keep in mind that this vehicle is pre-owned, not brand new. Like any other used vehicle this car has some normal wear and blemishes such has scratches or bug damages that are not visible in photos.
This car will come with its original owner’s manual, 2 keyless entry keys and 1 valet key.
If you have any questions please call me at (954) 667-9659
You are welcome to inspect the car prior to placing a bid or buying the car.
Please note that the mileage might be slightly higher as I still drive the car to run errands.
 
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Power Steering Power Door Locks Power Windows Power Passenger Seat
Tachometer Cruise Control Air Conditioning Vanity Mirrors
Tire Pressure Monitor Sun Roof Child Safety Locks Traction Control System
Auto Down Window Dual Front Air Bags Dual Side Air Bags Dual Curtain Air Bags
Anti-Theft Device(s) Automatic Passenger Airbag Deactivation Passenger Seat Height Adjust Electronic Mirrors
Adjustable Head Rests Bucket Seats Trip Computer Head Restraints
3 Point Seatbelts Daytime Running Lights Remote Trunk Release Door Pocket(s)
Adjustable Lumbar Seat Power Driver’s Seat Center Console Rear Center Armrest
Body-Color Bumpers Color Coded Mirrors Power Sun Roof Rear Window Defroster
Reading Light(s) Outside Temperature Gauge 3 Point Rear Seatbelts Intermittent Wipers
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Auto Headlight On/Off Beverage Holder(s) Emergency Trunk Release
Harman Kardon Stereo System (factory option) 9 speakers Factory Subwoofer Spare Tire
 
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Questions: Please feel free to contact me directly at any time with any questions you may have.

Bidding: Your bid constitutes a legally binding contract to purchase this vehicle. Please do not bid if you’re not seriously interested or financially able to purchase this vehicle. Please read eBay’s “User Agreement”.

Bidder’s Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to bid.

Buyer’s Inspection: I have done my best to disclose all information known about this vehicle for auction. I welcome a Buyer’s Inspection. If you plan to have a Buyer’s Inspection, please make sure you have the vehicle inspected prior to the end of the auction. Inspection fees, if any, are the “Buyer’s” sole responsibility.

Warranty: This car comes with a fully transferrable Subaru Gold Plus Extended warranty. $0 deductible, 84 months/70K miles.

Payments: A deposit of 500.00 to PayPal is required within 48 hours of auction ending. The balance must be paid in full within 7 days in the form of cash in person, cashiers check or bank certified check.

Shipping and Delivery: All shipping charges are the “Buyer’s” responsibility.

 


Flashback Alternatives Spotify Playlists

On May 9th, 2013 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Media, Miscellaneous

Not the common playlists you might usually find. I have compiled 2 main playlists with some Synthpop, New Wave and Alternatives of the 80s and 90s.

80s Flashback Alternatives:

90s Flashback Alternatives:

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