Zeya, on 03 February 2012 - 06:59 PM, said:
I'm not sure what you mean by "file a charge" and "charge without announcing". Can you explain that please? If you mean go to the police, I'm considering it. Oh I see you're in Germany; I'm in the USA.
UPDATE: I initiated the NSS with BL and started a dispute with Paypal. I can escalate it in about 30 minutes, which I fully intend to do, because it's clear the guy is a scammer and won't respond. He might even pull some more shenanigans like closing his Paypal account or bank account once he catches wind, so I'm going to do it right away.
What I basically mean is the action that initiates the law enforcing process. I do not know the correct term, though.
If you received an invoice and he does not respond after you paid, I'd say there is a pretty good chance that he tries to scam you. (And if he didn't change the status of the order, he may be not very smart as well.)
kyphur, on 03 February 2012 - 07:47 PM, said:
I've been on BrickLink since 2005 as a buyer and for about a year as a seller. I hate it when people pull stunts like this.
You can never be 100% safe but you can reduce your risk by:
Always paying with a payment processor that offers you protection (such as PayPal) and use a Credit Card or Debit Card acting as a Credit Card so you can dispute the transaction if the payment processor fails to recover your funds.
Sadly I've had to file a few disputes, once PayPal actually told me I was right but the couldn't recover any money from the other party so I used that to get my CC to charge-back PayPal and I still got my refund.
Personally, I didn't have any disputes yet. It happened rather often that something was wrong with the delivery (missing parts, wrong parts), but these issues very fixed quickly and without discussion.
Edited by Brickadeer, 03 February 2012 - 09:35 PM.