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Old 03-05-2012, 08:09 PM #1
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M-Baller - Matthew Lanoue - Willmar, Minnesota

Let me start by saying, that based on my feedback, this is not in any way a sympathy thread. This is a public document for those who will possibly deal with this individual in the future.

PBN Name: M-Baller ( http://www.pbnation.com/member.php?u=182773 )
Real name: Matthew Lanoue
Location: Willmar, Minnesota
Age: 19


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I had contacted Matthew to purchase his Dynasty NXT found at http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.p...348&highlight= . After exchanging private messages, we agreed upon $225 for this gun. It has been a week since I have paid Matthew, and have been unable to get him to reply to any of my messages, or let me know the whereabouts of the gun in question. I have tried multiple PBNation messages as well as his facebook. He's been online more than twice this past week, and recently changed his facebook picture AFTER I contacted him. This leads me to believe that he has no intentions of shipping the gun I had paid for. Below are screen shots of our interactions.



















I hope this prevents anyone in the future getting scammed by M-baller. I'm glad I decided to cover the fees, or I would be out this sum of money.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:32 PM #2
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have you started the paypal claim process?
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:37 PM #3
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have you started the paypal claim process?
Yes sir. I will be escalating the claim in roughly 30 minutes. That is the soonest I am able to do so.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:53 PM #4
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The claim has been escalated. Matthew continues to ignore me.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:54 AM #5
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You are doing the right thing making a claim through paypal. You also may want to send him a link to this thread so that he can chime in and explain the lack of communication.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:18 AM #6
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Watch out for scammer's delay tactics of buying postage thru PayPal so the dispute is put on hold for a while. Of course unless tracking shows a package reached you PP will still refund your money. Also beware of package with junk in it. Make an unboxing video if you receive his shipment.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:10 PM #7
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I have already contacted the seller regarding his lack of shipment and provide links to this thread. if in fact any package does show up I will be doing in on boxing video just to protect myself. thank you to everyone who has provided some tips
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:05 PM #8
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I have gone through Matthew's facebook and messaged someone I believe to be his mother, or at least related to him, to hopefully escalate the matter quicker.


Edit: It turns out to be someone just related to him. Other leads are still in the works. Paypal is still open.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:49 PM #9
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I've gotten in touch with his mom. She seems quite apologetic for the situation, and assures me Matthew will be shipping out what is owed to me. I am reluctant, and will believe it when I see it. The paypal dispute remains escalated, with no communication on his part.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:38 PM #10
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don't touch the paypal claim until you have what you are owed in hand and in proper working order. Once closed, you cannot reopen them.

unboxing video is a must.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:03 PM #11
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Once again, great advice. Thanks for stopping by.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:30 PM #12
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I know this guy, hard to believe he would try and screw someone over. I just message his teammate to see if something is up. Will let you know
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:57 PM #13
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Thanks. As proven, I have 9 messages left un-read, and he's been online. Tried his cell phone (just got it today) and talked to his mom (real nice lady). Really sorry it came to this, he was outstanding with initial contact.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:41 PM #14
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Still unresolved, waiting for ANY communication back from Matthew.
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What's the deadline PayPal gave him?
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:00 PM #16
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Unfortunately he has until the 15th, I'd like to recover my funds, or possibly obtain the gun (which everyone knows won't happen) by then.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:42 AM #17
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Unfortunately he has until the 15th, I'd like to recover my funds, or possibly obtain the gun (which everyone knows won't happen) by then.
Seems like all you can do is wait it out, unfortunately. As you said, due to the lack of communication, it was very unlikely that he had any intention of shipping what was owed to you. We shall see how this turns out at least until the 15th...unless he tries to pull a fast one as mentioned previously.

I see you left appropriate feedbacck, so thank you for that (and much thanks from others, I'm sure).
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:38 AM #18
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Unfortunately he has until the 15th, I'd like to recover my funds, or possibly obtain the gun (which everyone knows won't happen) by then.
You've mentioned that you're talked to his mom, you should call her again, and if you don't get any satisfactory answers, make sure you mention you'll be contacting the police for a theft report, or possibly mail fraud. But, if you go that route, don't just say it, actually do it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:32 AM #19
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He got in contact with me today, said he would be shipping it out. We will see what the outcome is. I will be making an unboxing video to record anything paypal may need.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:45 PM #20
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he may just send you and empty box so that paypal unfreeze his account so he can pull the funds out...make sure paypal does not close your claim. a few known scams have been to send a box with tracking and recall it or send it to a friend or a empty house.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:19 PM #21
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I sent the gun today via usps priority mail, it's expected to arrive at his house Monday.

The tracking number is
0311 2550 0001 5583 2362

I'd love to see an unboxing video myself, that'd be pretty tight.

Sorry about all the confusion....
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