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Wichita gun dealer says scam artists using his identity

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A Wichita gun dealer is warning consumers about scam artists he says are the identities of licensed firearms sellers to try to trick people out of money.


Marlon Knapp, owner of Knapp Weaponry, said Thursday the scammers are using his Federal Firearms License and claiming to be him in advertisements posted to the website armslist.com. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the attempted scam, Knapp said.


"What we and the ATF think is that they're just trying to get money," he said. "It's a pure scam."


The scam artists are taking advantage of a strong demand for firearms and ammunition, Knapp said.


"What they're doing is they're advertising desirable firearms at ridiculously low prices," he said.


For example, a rifle listed on armslist.com by someone claiming to be Knapp was advertised at $900. Knapp says the gun is worth about $2,000.


"When they're contacted, they give my name, my Federal Firearms License information and pretend to be me," Knapp said.


KAKE News sent an e-mail to the seller through the Contact Seller feature of the online listing, but the message has not yet been returned.


The federal licensing information is easy to access. It is a public record posted to the ATF website. Knapp is frustrated the information is being used to try to trick consumers.


"Especially if someone does get caught by this scam," he said. "Our name is associated with it and that puts a stain on our record even though we had nothing to do with it."


Though investigators are certain no guns are even part of the bogus listings, Knapp said anybody who falls for the scam could find himself or herself on the wrong side of the law.


"This person has offered to ship guns directly to individuals in another state, which is against federal regulations," Knapp said. "If the person accepts the gun, now they've violated federal law and they also face a penalty."

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Wichita-gun-dealer-says-scam-artists-using-his-identity-238545551.html
 

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Joe! I know exactly what rifle that was. I caught the same guy in an attempt to sell a Colt python for less than one third the real owner was starting the bidding at on gunbroker. What helped me catch the guy was that he forgot to crop one of the photos that said "Gunbroker" on the bottom right hand corner! Needless to say, I sent the guy a heart warming email but obviously that was a waste of time! Tom Rhoads
 

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The same guy lifted my thread for the Kemen I have
Posted here for 5400.00. He is showing it for sale on Armslist
For 1900.00. I cannot seem to reach any person
At Armslist to make them aware..

Jim Veta
 

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New York listings on armslist.com are full of scams. If it's not local where you can physically make contact FTF, don't bother even responding. It's simple, if the listing is too good to be true, it's a scam!
 

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Can you flag the ad, like you can with Craigslist?
 

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I've run into a few of these scammers lately. They have always been unregistered users. I figured it our by google searching the gun in question and finding the same images and description in gunbroker auctions. If its too good to be true... And yes, if you are a registered user you can flag ads as scams.
 

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A technique that I've successfully used to ferret out a scammer is to simply do a Google search of the Username, email address, and/or any phone numbers included in the ad. Surprising how many hits you get that way from other folks that've already been thru their BS.

Another technique... Some of the sale sites allow registered users to see the originating poster's IP address. If so, use www.infosniper.net to see the physical area of that IP's origination. If the suspected scammer is claiming one location, but infosniper shows a location 100+ miles away, pretty good indication it's a scam.

my .02,


-Tim
 
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