Hi all. Yesterday I listed a Junghans watch for sale, and got an email (not PM) response fairly quickly from someone whose email identified him as Nathan R. Ciufo. I sent him a link to my feedback, and inasmuch as he had no WUS presence as far as I could tell, asked him for some identity information and/or something to establish legitimacy.
Awaiting a response, I Googled the name, and found someone with a Ham license that formed part of the email address I had been given. He was located quite some distance from where the prospective buyer claimed to be, but I did not think this was unusual.
Prospective buyer had seemed most anxious to buy the watch, and today he emailed and said he was ready to send money. He asked me to click on a link in his email, presumably to my own listing so that he could verify that this was the watch he wanted.
That struck an unsettling chord.
With some trepidation, I clicked on the link, to find something that appeared to be the recent WUS notice about new passwords. Not wanting to login from a link, I looked at it and noticed that I was on watchVseek. Got off immediately. I emailed him, saying that I had a problem with the link as that he should call me. (Betting he won't)
I then called the REAL Nathan, whose number I was able to locate. Nice fellow, but he's not looking for a watch. Nor was the email his. He was aware of this identity scammer however, because the fellow had used his name and Ham call sign on a radio hobbyist forum he belongs to. He has taken this up with Google, but they don't seem willing or able to help him.
I told him I'd put it out on my forum as a warning. The real Nathan seems like a very nice guy. To bad someone is playing with his identity.
You have been warned.