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Thread: ** Fraud Alert ** Ruruep
02-25-2008, 06:22 PM #1** Fraud Alert ** Ruruep
Attention users of this board:
Please be cautious of dealing with the user RURUEP.
He defrauded a friend of mine on ebay. He promised to sell an Iphone for $400 and instead he sent a box of paper scraps. We have reported him to the Philly Police, El Paso Police, and 2 federal agencies.
We have also filed a case against him in Philadelphia Court and have a court date set for April 2nd.
MODERATORS: This is not a joke nor a form of harassment. Real police reports have been filed, and real court case in pending. I am posting this here to protect your users from entering into any transactions with him.
I can provide further proof (police report #s, ) if you want.
Here is the link where the fraud originated...
** UPDATED SEPT 2008 **
We won the court case against "ruruep" aka RUDY GALLARDO, of El Paso, TX. He did not show up nor respond and we won by default. However, he appears to still be scamming people.
Here is another report from someone who claims to be scammed by this person:
Last edited by thiefcrusher; 09-09-2008 at 12:55 PM.
02-25-2008, 06:31 PM #2
Thank you for the warning, some people...
02-25-2008, 06:52 PM #3
Where's your friend's review of the crook? He/She should have it in the "seller"'s profile!!
02-25-2008, 07:08 PM #4
My friend was naive to the whole thing and made the mistake of asking the seller a question about the phone and got conned into buying it via email. This allowed "ruruep", or "michelleandruru" (on ebay) to sidestep ebay/paypals authority. This is why we have to take him to civil court.
I tracked him to mysapce and contacted him, he denied it was him. However, the idiot has a picture of himself by his desk. In the ebay picture, it has the same exact desk and window in it.
Last edited by thiefcrusher; 02-25-2008 at 07:13 PM.
02-25-2008, 07:25 PM #5
Your friend and the community has learned a lesson about bypassing ebay security protocols! Thanks for posting!
02-25-2008, 09:35 PM #6
I hope that your friend takes this as a lesson well learned; Never circumvent eBay/Paypal, it might seem tempting, however it is very dangerous for a buyer (or seller for that matter). I'm not trying to sound patronizing in any way, I'm being serious...
02-25-2008, 09:52 PM #7
I'm sorry, but how big of a dumbazz do you have to be not to see the contradictions in the listing? The whole thing was a lie from the start.
The only "some people" I see here is the SOME PEOPLE who will buy anything.............
Brand new still in box Iphone. This phone was jailbroken and modded. The Iphone has all the software installed to unlock the phone. I will not personally unlock it for you . Once you recieve the phone you have the option to unlock or not. The phone is still in its shrink wrap state. Only thing added to the phone was a theme of any choice you prefer from its installer resources. Only bid if you are planning to pay instantly as soon as the auction ends. I will relist the phone if not paid withing the hour of auction ending. No exceptions. email me any questions you have.
02-25-2008, 09:58 PM #8
02-25-2008, 10:02 PM #9
# 1 reason i avoid listings of $20 > of people who have less than 50 feedback.
As well picture of shrink wrap looks very loose, as well how can it still be shrink wrapped if ANYSIM loaded on phone.....
Sorry for your freind but should be more cautious when buying items.
I still love the non-fraudulant Brand New Xbox 360 box, worded so well stated have listing of whats included on side of box. And people actually payed $400 +, and ebay and paypal coudl do nothing as stated it was box and what was listed on side of box and nevert stated auction included items.
02-25-2008, 10:07 PM #10
02-25-2008, 10:16 PM #11
It's so easy to see the warnings and the signs after-the-fact and after the warning. If someone wants to scam you, one misstep is all it takes. So typical to blame the victim.
The eBay and Paypal complaint department can't keep up.
Last edited by RainWalker; 02-25-2008 at 10:16 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
02-26-2008, 05:35 AM #12
I do agree that it's best not to let someone that has low or no feedback purchase an item (or to buy from someone in that situation) from you, but sometimes, there is good in man- though very rare this occurs.
Thought I'd give my $0.02 ;-)
02-26-2008, 06:37 PM #13
02-27-2008, 06:45 AM #14
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02-27-2008, 07:57 AM #15
why would someone pay retail price for an 8gb iphone off of ebay when you can just save yourself time and have peace of mind by purchasing one through apple or AT&T? doesnt make sense. honestly, you are right in the sense that what was done was wrong but really i dont think anything is going to come about from it. the cops and courts will do very little and have more important things to deal with. GL though.
02-27-2008, 11:49 AM #16
But its best to be weary than overly tempted.
But from the ebay link, description is a # give away ( as BNIB never opened, yes has program out of box once power on unlocked, and shrink wrap image is well it shows it all.
02-27-2008, 05:09 PM #17
02-27-2008, 08:41 PM #18
The police wont do anything, BUT there is a report on record in his home town. If he applies to a local job that checks local police records he will come up as being named in a fraud case. Granted he will only be 'accused' but it would still make employers look twice. Plus, most employers (for real jobs) google their applicants these days, and mentions of this situation will come up in various locations.
Last edited by thiefcrusher; 02-27-2008 at 10:44 PM.
09-09-2008, 12:59 PM #19
Just giving an update to anyone that was interested. We did end up going to court, and 'ruruep', aka Rudy Gallardo of El Paso, TX never showed up and we won by default. So if you ever find yourself scammed by someone 1000's of miles away, don't think its hopeless to fight back.
Also, here is another link I found of someone who also claims to have been scammed by this person, "ruruep" aka Rudy Gallardo. I dont know this person, and I am unsure if he/she took Rudy to court also.
Rudy Gallardo - was reported to Scam Club
09-09-2008, 04:03 PM #20