eBay Scam – Beware

So we got a bid for our sword on eBay, and right after I was accepted it, I realized a message was in the notes. At first, Ethan thought the eBay user didn’t know how to use eBay, as you can message within eBay, so we had a good laugh and I messaged the person. However, their reply rang every alarm bell in my head!!!

Yes thanks for texting I would love to have it mailed to my Cousin in Oklahoma as a birthday gift,i want you to get a steam wallet gaming cardGift Card of $400 inside the package before you ship it and I will add $400 for the steam wallet gaming card, $30 for the shipping through UPS/FedEx and $50 for the inconvenience, are you cool with that?

I just want the gift card as an additional surprise with the package and besides I should have get this done myself but I work away from home with the US Navy?

Text message from scam user frawa-6710

I then noticed we had received a message x2 from eBay, transcript below:

MC098 Suspicious buyer for item

Hello travellin-treasures,

We had to cancel bids for the buyer, frawa-6710, because they aren’t registered on eBay:
313237300522 – Pakistani Samurai Sword Steel Red And Black


We’ve also made it easy to relist your item if it was removed. Although the item is no longer available in search listings, you will find it in the Sold section of My eBay. For more information, please visit:
http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/relist.html

To help you avoid this situation in the future, consider setting a Buy It Now price and requiring buyers to make an immediate payment. For more information on immediate payments, visit:
http://pages.ebay.ca/help/pay/require-immediate-payment.html

We recommend you take the following actions if this buyer won the item:
– If you haven’t received payment, don’t complete the sale or send the item to the buyer.
– Don’t communicate with the buyer directly.
– Verify any payments you’ve been notified of by logging into your PayPal account (or other online payment service).
– If the buyer requests a refund or additional payments, don’t send any money without contacting eBay first.
– If you’ve already sent the item, try contacting the shipping carrier to find out if you can stop shipment.

In these types of situations, we may, at our sole discretion, decide whether to credit the fees for removed listings.
– We have credited any associated fees to your account.

If you have any concerns or questions, click “Help & Contact” at the top of most eBay pages.

We’re sorry for this inconvenience, and thanks for continuing to work with us.


Thanks,


eBay


eBay Document ID: 91722136000


eBay is committed to your privacy. Read our user agreement and privacy notice. Learn how to recognize fake (spoof) emails.

Copyright © 2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc. eBay Canada Limited is located in 500 King Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5V 1L9, Canada.

Another pattern I’ve noted is that if you don’t respond within the hour, the seller will retract their bid. This seems to avoid eBay’s automatic checks to see these aren’t real people, as I only saw the email above from eBay once I had accepted the bid without seeing the comment.

I also noticed we had a few more offers, details of scammers and numbers below:

Message from jegsan_88:one=question=regarding=on=this=item=kindly=text=me=on=720 623 5681

Message from frawa-6710:hello=seller-i- have=a=question=on=this=item=kindly=text=me=on=7204609767 thanks

Message from janmi-1869:one=question=regarding=on=this=item=kindly=text=me=on720 623 5681

Message from acm6687:
hello=seller-i- have=a=question=on=this=item=kindly=text=me=on=7207597382 thanks

With this newest slew of scams, it appears people are getting more creative in getting around normal security protocols, so I stress that all of you be on your guard!

Much love – SarahTonin

Radio Silence – A Short Film

When I first saw this movie, something finally clicked in my head – you can’t change them all, and it isn’t up to you to fix what another person thinks or is going through.

People have a responsibility to themselves to live a life not based on other’s happiness, and this film really puts that all into perspective. I left a situation which I realized was not in my power to repair, and moved on with life. As they say, change your perspective, change your life!

I really recommend checking out the rest of ‘Shining Light Studios’ and ‘ER Studios’ films, these guys have a way of putting together films which hit you in the soul – might be best to have a handkerchief on hand!

Thank you for changing my life, and hopefully others, for the better!

P.S. This film was shot in the greater Vancouver area, I recognize a few areas, do you?

Artist Spotlight – CANZINO! (Zeus)

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredible musician friend Jesus Cancino!!!When I first met Zeus, it was at BITF a few years back, there was a stage set up with all sorts of music equipment, and with his amazing guitar playing, we formed a band ‘Pillow Surfers’ and rocked out for HOURS!!

Canzino is a musician and live-looper residing in Vancouver, BC. Alternative Dance-Rock with a splash of Electronic Melodies; Canzino is always dabbling. Always looking for fresh beats!  Years later, his musical talent keeps rising, his newest single out now, explaining the importance of eating your Broccoli’s!! #ranchitup Check it out now! Keep up the great work!!

To support, book him for an event, listen to his music, or check out more of his cover art click below!

Sound Cloud

Spotify

Instagram

As per his own direction ‘Feel free to reach out at canzinomusic@gmail.com – hit him up with your feedback or sling a crazy idea for a genre-blend that you think would be banging!’

Always look forward to seeing and working with this artist!!!

P.S. My apologies for being so lax lately with my blog in general, however do know I plan on spotlighting more of my amazing artist friends in the near future!! Stay Tuned!

Anime Revolution 2019

I love meeting people at these events because they are so excited about what they have to share that it gets me excited TOO! I know this is a little late, but with no cons happening this year, it’s allowed me a little time to catch up on a few things such as uploading the content I snapped the last few years, updating my websites, being more faithful on social media and such like!

This Thursday, I’d like to highlight Summer 2019 Ani-Revo, (otherwise known as Anime Revolution or AR!)

I went to the event as Ruby from RWBY, stoked to be at my first EVER AR!

I rode the skytrain in ensuring it was all clear of GRIMM!

One of the things I love about going to these events is meeting all the interesting and talented people here! This event allowed me to make some wonderful connections, such as a young film maker and cosplayer dressed as Midoriya who recently featured me in a video at this event, check that out here:

I ran into my sister Yang!

A cute black mage:

Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service!

Another Ruby!

My charming and amazing friend Syu⭐zo!!

PIKACHU!!!

Astrid and Hiccup are going to teach me how to train a dragon:

Kim Possible, Shego, Ron and Dr. Drakken!

Ladybug & Cat Noir mashup!

My sis again! Stood up at the altar I’m afraid so she’s a little FIRED UP!

Now here’s a story that really only comes from going to events like these! Met these amazing peeps as they wandered around with a Jukebox singing ‘I WANT IT THAT WAY’ OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING AND SINGING ALONG!!! Still to this day, t.c._c0splay5 and I chat on a regular basis, and he tunes into my streams every week, and we reminisce and look forward to the next time that all of us WEEB AVENGERS will unite once again!

Met MASTER CHEF!

The video below really only catches the tail end of an example of some of the shenanigans we get up to at these events!

It’s also where I met my fearless Twitch Team Leader ‘SPOC‘ who has been using my platform to promote other streamers with common interests while I’m not streaming. Be sure to check out his stream and follow/subscribe!

And on the way out I ran into Jon!!!!

I really enjoyed the time I spent with my new and old nerd friends, I hope to see you again next year!! MUCH LOVE!!!

Till next time! Peace Out – SarahTonin!