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Recently i bought a bike from a seller who claimed he is from the UK working in a company named BikeAway Limited. It was a cervelo R3 which cost about US$600. I thought it was too good to be true but he was so convincing that i decided to order from him. he asked to pay via Western Union as a full amount and promised to ship the next day after payment is made. And so i transferred the money.

The next two days, he told me that there is a minimum amount of units (3) in order for the items to be shipped. So he asked to me transfer another $1200, but i was careful enough this time not to do it. Also my friend enquired the seller and he was told that he can buy one unit. Until now my bike is still not shipped and he's not giving me a refund.

Seller information:
Alina Thomas
BELL PARK BELL CLOSE
NEWNHAM INDUSTRIAL E, PLYMPTON
PLYMOUTH
DEVON
PL7 4JH

I've done some research and a legit company will not ask to pay via Western Union before the arrival of the items. REMEMBER THIS.
 

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First of all, I have asked for a refund and he refused to do so. Secondly, he didnt tell me there's a minimum of three units to be bought. And also he has been telling different stories to my friends who have been helping me to enquire more about purchasing the product.
 

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"I thought it was too good to be true"

Says it all.
 

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How did you find the seller?

Was it Ebay or some other regulated site?

The Western Union thing makes me think it is a scam as well.

Sucks to learn the hard way.

Hope it works out for you.
 

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Yea it sucks, and I'm sorry. Thankfully it didn't cost you more. Cause had you paid the 1200.00 some other fee or issue would have come up.

Your gut told you right, it was too good to be true. Trust that gut, it will rarely steer you wrong ,

Bill
 

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If someone asked you to wire money via Western Union.. its always a scam. Most probably its from Nigeria.. They are notorious of scamming people for wire transfers and many victims fall for it. You hear this all the time from the news. Does the seller communicate with you via email? If yes, you can try to check where the email is originated using the Email Tracer (below)...

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You fell for that?

Western Union on a deal too good to be true?

You know the saying, A fool and his money were lucky to ever get together in the first place.
 

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Hi, a few years ago I had an issue with a company in the UK and ended up getting the UK Office of Fair Trading involved. They visited the company and I got a result. This may work for you, or at the very least you'll get an answer as to the legitimacy of BikeAway.
 

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It is a shame that you never ran into this before, scams like this have been around for a decade at least.
Weren't there any warnings on the site you were using, CL or fleabay?

You cannot get money back from Western Union, period. Anyone that ever tells you to wire money that way can rip you off and you have no recourse. Nothing you can do; that money is gone forever.
That is why you only use a credit (not debit) card or paypal, after you have thoroughly researched the seller.

Within the US you can sue someone but good luck trying to do that if they are outside of your state.
If they're in another country, forget it.

Sorry that it cost you so much to learn this lesson.
 
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