EBAY DROPOFF: Online Outpost Being Used By Scammers


Internet scams come in many cleverly packaged disguises, from the popular widow of the deposed dictator who wants to share millions to the overseas buyer who wants to buy your stuff on eBay or Craig’s list.

FranchisePick.com readers recently complained they had been ripped off by Online Outpost:

Cameron wrote:

Hi. I tried to buy a bike from a guy selling through Online Oupost. I sent him $2000, and recieving nothing….

Rich wrote:

Someone tried to scam me the same way on Craig’s List, selling a boat worth $13,000 for $3000. Wouldn’t give me the VIN or let me see it. He wanted me to pay him through the Online Outpost, but I went on the website and called all the phone numbers . They were all fake. The addresses were fake too. Beware!

However, another reader explained that it is an overseas scammer using the Online Outpost name, not OO itself.

Support wrote:

There is a person overseas that is using the Online Outpost name and is scamming people. Here’s the gist of it. You contact a person on Craigslist about a “too good to be true” cheap item. They email you back stating that they are out of town and they dropped it off at The Online Outpost to finish the transaction.

Then you get an email but if you look closely, it’s not from theonlineoutpost.com, there’s probably a – or 0 instead of an O in the address. They ask you to wire transfer the money. That should be a red flag right there!

The Online Outpost does NOT accept wire transfer AND you can always stop by the location (if there is one where these scammers are advertising) and you are allowed to see the product, pick up the product and pay over-the-counter.

To sum it up Cameron, this is a scam not by The Online Outpost, but someone using their name.

4 thoughts on “EBAY DROPOFF: Online Outpost Being Used By Scammers

  • February 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm
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    I WAS JUST SCAMMED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! FREAKIN’ FIGURES. WE WERE TOLD WE WERE BUYING A 2003 FLEETWOOD WILDERNESS CAMPER. THE JACK ASS SENT US ALL FAKE ONLINE OUTPOST WEBPAGES ALONG WITH FAKE PHONE NUMBERS. SO WHEN WE CALLED AND SPOKE TO WHOEVER THE FAKE PERSON WAS THEY NEW EVERYTHING THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. THEY TOLD ME ALL ABOUT THE SELLER AND THE THE CAMPER. WE ARE NOW OUT $4,000 AND EVERYONE NEED TO BE AWARE. HIS EMAIL ADRESS IS

  • February 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm
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    I WAS JUST SCAMMED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH. FREAKIN’ FIGURES. ANYWAYS WE THOUGHT THAT WE WERE BUYING A 2003 FLEETWOOD WILDERNESS CAMPER. HE GAVE US ALL FAKE ONLINE OUTPOST WEBPAGES ALONG WITH FAKE PHONE NUMBERS. SO WHOVER THE A**HOLE IS THAT WE SPOKE WITH NEW ALL ABOUT THE SELLER AND ALL ABOUT THE CAMPER!! IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL THIS SCUMBAG FEEL FREE… HIS EMAIL ADRESS IS:. RIGHT NOW I STILL HAVE HIM ON THE HOOK AS A NEW BUYER UNDER A NEW EMAIL ADRESS!!!! HE’S USING THE NAME DANIEL VARGAS AND HIS AGENT IS GLENN LAVIGNE. RIGHT NOW THE LOCAL POLICE OF BOTH MY TOWN AND THE ADRESS HE USED ARE PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. ALONG WITH THE INTELLEGENCE, STATE POLICE, MONEY GRAM, ICU 3, CRAIGSLIST, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE OF NY. IF ANYONE HAS A SIMILAR STORY FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME. EVERYONE BEWARE OF THE SCUMBAG!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm
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    I believe that I also am being scam for the same thing except that i was emailing back and forward to a markus hewitt ( the seller) of a 2000 Catalina camper. I also send him the money via a moneygram in the amount of $ 2100.00. this was done on thursday 7-9-09. Please let know what would be my next step. I f I donot get a reply from them by today. Your advance is good and I will also proceed with full force to stop these bad people from ripping off hard working people. I also have another email address: [del]. Again thank you much.

  • July 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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    To all the people that buy thru craiglist please be aware that a professional thief comes to us with many stories. Just read the stories of the people above. Where scammed for in monies and not being able to recover half of their losses. I also was a victim to this very rip-off scammers that go on to steal from the innocent people like myself and others who fall and believe their stories with the items they sell. I have submitted my complain to the NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE and hope that everyone does the same thing. I learn a big lesson the hard way, I should have search deeper before losing my monies. This is one way of stopping a SCUMBAG, NO GOOD FOR NOTHING FRAUD/SCAMMER PERSONS LIKE THEM. Good luck to everyone and be aware. Meet the seller in person. GO WITH THE CASH ON DELIVERY BASIS AND YOU WILL NEVER GO WRONG. Please email me to the above if anyone else has any suggestions.

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