I got an email overnight from JOHN P CHWALEK <email@example.com> - or at least someone claiming to be John Chwalek - you may recall he's one of the ones who answered my WTB ad for a 2-NT and passed me along to a "friend" of his.
As it turns out, "John" has a Collins 75A4 that, for some reason, he thinks I might be interested in buying!
Here's the exchange:
<"JOHN">: I have for sale Collins 75A4 radio receiver. if still
interested let me know Thanks.
<ME>: Nice radio!
I'd love to call you and talk about it....give me your phone number and I'll call later today. In the meantime, could you send some photos?
|Photo sent by "John"|
ASKING PRICE $955 + SHIPPING
<ME>: How long have you had that radio....it looks to be in very good condition....did you have to replace the DSP module, or is the original OK?
<"JOHN">: the radio is 14 months old and it still have the original DSP module..
<ME>: Are you the original owner?
<"JOHN">: i am the original owner
This was actually fun! There are several things wrong here, that I suspect most of the readers have already figured out! Additionally, the photo "John" sent is actually a photo from rigreference.com, from which that website's name was cropped out of the file.
And the kicker is that OM John Chwalek has been a Silent Key since 2012! I don't think K2IW showed as an SK last week when I looked him up, but the QRZ record definitely reflects that now, so perhaps it was just recently brought to the attention of QRZ. RIP K2IW.
And for the sake of folks looking to not get scammed, when I asked for the PayPal address to use, "John" said to use firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully it will get picked up by Google ...or you may want to send him some email yourself!