Man’s warning to buyers on the net

By David Newble

Sunday, February 24, 2013


TRADING Standards bosses at the Isle of Wight Council have launched an investigation after a Ryde man was targeted in a suspected internet selling scam.

Gary Barnes, 47, of Well Street, replied to an advert on WightBay in January where a seller had advertised a boat and trailer for sale, priced at £4,400. The boat was described as being in 'immaculate’ condition and was said to be being sold due to the death of the owner’s husband.

However, Gary’s suspicions were aroused when the seller demanded payment for the vessel via a false eBay payment account instead of WightBay’s account, and without him getting a chance to view the vessel. Gary alerted WightBay and the advert was taken down.

Now, Gary is warning others to be on their guard.

Gary said: "The thing is, if you see something which is too good to be true, then it probably is. It just seems a shame that you can’t trust anybody, regardless of the website."

Amanda Gregory, the Isle of Wight Council’s regulatory services manager, said: "We would urge people to take extra care when shopping on line, as scams to dupe people into providing log in or bank details are becoming more sophisticated."

A WightBay spokesman said it moderated the site to remove scam adverts several times a day but, unfortunately, some did slip through.

He said: "In instances where people get caught out by scams, we are more than willing to assist any investigating legal authority."



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by T Rollingsworth

25th February 2013, at 11:39:20

Scams are nothing new, you should always be alert when buying a product, no matter who is selling it or how legitimate they seem.
If people are generally daft enough to be drawn in by these "something for nothing" deals they can't really complain.

Anyway, I've got to go pop down the bank, some Nigerian prince is under siege and if I give him my bank details, I will be rich.

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by Sean Kellie

24th February 2013, at 21:39:44

Actually, i think its the very same boat still on there, the price of the suspect boat is 4.4k. Excelent they cant even remove an advert that they know about!

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by Sean Kellie

24th February 2013, at 21:34:27

Perhaps a report advert button?

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by Sean Kellie

24th February 2013, at 21:33:28

Lol, this has been going on for months; i've just taken a look and there is at least one suspect boat on there. If people are crazy enough to think they could own a 20k boat for 4k then good luck to them. Or perhaps i'm the crazy one for not snapping up these bargains when i find them!

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by Mr Elliott

24th February 2013, at 14:43:36

Wightbay don't care about scams, so long as they use the privacy number., so they can profit too.

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by Mike Crowe

24th February 2013, at 14:19:56

Mr Naylor, your 'Caps Lock' is on

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by alan naylor

24th February 2013, at 13:25:26


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by Graeme Egerton

24th February 2013, at 11:35:06

I like wightbay but it annoys me when people send a message to ask if they can have something cheaper without even seeing it, or want something delivering like when I advertised a free bed :)

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by matthew arnold

24th February 2013, at 10:43:59

in fact this has been happening for a long time on wightbay with motorhomes and boats. I have informed wightbay many times but nothing has ever been done about it. It is about time it got sorted out its not rocket science.

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