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Portland Oregon area Scam Artist Busted! Warwick Dolphin 5 String - FOUND!

Discussion in 'Lost & Stolen Gear' started by MaddAnthony_59, Sep 12, 2014.


  1. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    I had a bass shipped to Portland Oregon by UPS. There was a delivery attempt made shortly after Noon, no one home, signature required. The driver came back just before 6pm and claims the recipient signed the delivery attempt notice marking it was OK to leave the package without a signature. The recipient had not been home yet, and Certainly would not want this package just left on the porch of this busy street.

    At any rate keep an eye out for this bass in the Portland Oregon area. It is one of 4 with this body wood according to Florian at the Warwick Forums. It is a 1999 Warwick Dolphin Pro I 5 String with Birds Eye Maple Body, Serial Number G - 64556 - 99

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    It is in a Beat Up Warwick Case

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    If you see this bass listed for sale, or see it being played or displayed please get ahold of me ASAP! 812-343-0002 Text or Voice
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  2. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Just an update, this bass is reported stolen with the Portland Police. UPS is trying to say that it was Properly delivered because they claim the InfoNotice left on the door was signed allowing them to just leave the package. But the 1st attempt was at Noon, and the package was left at 6pm. The recipient was at work until much later. Also they can not show me a Signature on the InfoNotice. Maked sure you select "Sender required a Signature at time of Delivery." This way UPS is required to witness the signature. And it costs no more. I have appealed UPS's decision and it looks like someone in Package Location is starting to notice the Irregularities as well, so maybe a claim will be paid. In the mean time, this Aquatic Mammal is at large and considered in Danger!
     
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  3. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Update! Contact was made by a man in Missouri who claims to have bought this from someone while he was in Portland. He said he wanted to send this back to me, and just get his $200 back, but he has disappeared. Anyone in Missouri who sees this bass please contact me, the police, or UPS at once! UPS is still investigating this matter, and I have CraigsList postings in Missouri.
     
  4. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    It turns out that the CraigsList guy, Paul Griffin at 660 221-8124 is a Scam Artist. He scours the Lost / Stolen items across the country and claims to be a Truck Driver who picked up your item from a "Shady Charecter" in a WalMart parking lot, or whatever, and only wants his $200 back. But he wants you to send him his $$$ first through Western Union. False Hopes, but I'm sure the Dolphin will surface eventually...
     
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  5. bungletrpg

    bungletrpg Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    Redlands, CA
    What a shagging lowlife! Wow!
     
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  6. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Well, UPS has paid off on this! But Im still keeping my Eyes opened for this Rare Bird to Surface. Might take 5 years, but tracing back to the Thief could be fun!
     
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  7. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Still Out There.

    Flipper, Come Home!
     
  8. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Still looking for this beauty...
     
  9. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Scouring the Portland Area again...
     
  10. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess I'm Your New Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    man, heck of a journey here. Will keep my eyes open.
     
  11. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I texted you, let me. Know. If you got the text
     
  12. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Oh No Mr. Bill!
     
  13. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Strapped in for the show!
     
  14. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    What's the latest???? Inquiring minds want to know! :)
     
  15. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    The Wheels of Justice turn Slowly...
     
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  16. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    OK! Talkbass has taken action!

    It turns out that the Original Purchaser, BassAce77 AKA David Walker of Portland OR did in fact take delivery of this bass back in 2014, and Lied about it being missing / stolen. He had me do Battle with UPS 3 Months getting him a "Refund". It seems that he has been doing the "Missing Package, I need you to get me a Refund" scam here for some time now, and may have some still in progress! Feel free to Speak up if you have had Shady Dealings with this Scam-Artist.

    But this IDIOT sanded the serial number off of this Rare Bass, and Stamped a Non-Warwick serial number on it, and produced a Bogus Bill of Sale citing the serial number. Then he made the mistake of Trading the bass with someone here on Talkbass. Someone I have done business with, Messaged, and a fellow Warwick Lover.

    At any rate, UPS has been notified, I am consulting with a Lawyer, and Local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies have an interest in this matter! I am contacting Portland's local News Stations to see if they would be interested in covering this story as it unfolds.

    That's the news...
     
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  17. stevensivak

    stevensivak

    Dec 24, 2014
    I was involved in a similar scam- the detectives got the dude and within a year he was in a courtroom and I got to
    watch the whole thing- it really is fascinating! Enjoy the show...
     
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  18. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    And as a longtime TB trader or whatever, I'm the guy who has the Dolphin and put the pieces together. Maddanthony did well by reposting and making this ad, which is how I found it once I got the bass.

    When it's all said and done, I'm hoping to get Warwick to redo the serial, but for now, we got a show to watch. Unless I'm holding the bag at the end, but in all honesty I don't care if that happens. This all needed to be done.

    TB is am awesome place!
     
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  19. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Wow, what a story! I'm glad that it's been figured out.

    Please, do keep us informed as things progress!
     
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  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Jeez. People are so disappointing sometimes.
    I'm glad this seems to be worked out?

    Man.
     

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