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To all,

It has been brought to my attention that a new WACA website user “Garrett Hedlund” is a Scammer.  He is falsely offering items through a pseudonym email address “[email protected]”.  Do not contact him or attempt to purchase anything he offers.  I have put a “Restricted” status on his newly created WACA website account.

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Well, that’s timely news I must say, as I just received an offer from “Garrett” on a catalog I’ve been looking for–if the price had been specified in the first PM, I might already have a check in the mail.  Thanks for the warning.

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I got two emails from him as well. 

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That brings the total to four WACA members he contacted in his attempt to Scam spree.

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Rather a clever scam–“Garrett” himself isn’t offering the items, it’s the “third party” Riley Wilson.

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clarence said
Rather a clever scam–“Garrett” himself isn’t offering the items, it’s the “third party” Riley Wilson.  

I would be willing to bet that “Garrett” and “Riley” are one and the same person.

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Bert H. said

I would be willing to bet that “Garrett” and “Riley” are one and the same person.  

No doubt!  What I meant was, the “Garrett” pseudonym who sent the PM was presenting himself as a disinterested party with nothing personal to gain.  I was a willing sucker, thinking I had the chance to acquire a hard to find catalog.

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Got me for $50 thru PayPal. Non refundable. Lesson learned. 

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Google [email protected] and you will see he/she is pulling the same scam on other boards, including cycling and ukulele sites. 

Thank you Bert for blocking this leech.   

I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder

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Be advised [email protected] &
[email protected]  are also fake PayPal accounts from this person. He goes the extra mile with the phrase he uses under his name. Another red flag missed. 
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RickC said He goes the extra mile with the phrase he uses under his name. Another red flag missed. 

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  

Rick, actually that alone isn’t the red flag you might think, as similar biblical quotations are often attached to signature lines on many gun boards (esp. S&W, for some reason).  In fact, he probably conceived this ploy by observing how commonly it was used on gun boards. 

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He contacted me about a butt plate I had a WTB out on.  He said Riley had one available.  I emailed Riley and asked for a picture.  After reading this thread, I don’t think the picture is coming.

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I would agree you won’t be getting photos. It caught me totally off guard and I was busy doing a few different things at the time. Like I said previously, lesson learned. He didn’t accept postal money orders. Only PayPal. Another red flag. 

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Just found a request from this Hedlund character trying to sell me 45-90 ammo. Glad this got posted about this scam.

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I recommend reporting this incident to the administrators or support team of the WACA website. They can investigate the situation further and take necessary actions, such as permanently banning the user and implementing additional security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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Kinsley Phillips said
I recommend reporting this incident to the administrators or support team of the WACA website. They can investigate the situation further and take necessary actions, such as permanently banning the user and implementing additional security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

  

You are more than 1-year late on that recommendation… I took care of it in March of 2022.

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There are definitely good lessons to be learned in this thread – good reminders.  One additional lesson for me was to check the dates when I open a topic.  I didn’t on this one and as I read through it, I thought it had all just happened.  I will say it seemed odd that a guest would join us and his very first post (and only post) is to pull up a thread over a year old?

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steve004 said   I will say it seemed odd that a guest would join us and his very first post (and only post) is to pull up a thread over a year old?
  

That part of it, pulling up the old thread, is not rare.  Why someone with a question wouldn’t start a new discussion, I don’t understand, but it happens fairly often.

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clarence said

steve004 said   I will say it seemed odd that a guest would join us and his very first post (and only post) is to pull up a thread over a year old?

  

That part of it, pulling up the old thread, is not rare.  Why someone with a question wouldn’t start a new discussion, I don’t understand, but it happens fairly often.

  

I often see that too, but in most cases it is specific to specific rifles, technical issues and that topic type area.  It just struck me as odd as no new information was provided or question asked.  

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