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    Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    This guy is a convicted felon, multi-time loser that's done jail time for all kinds of cons and scams (more than one stretch, I believe). Now his shtick is tricking people into consigning their "old junk" to him to sell through Ebay and other channels through his "business" called "Crazy Richard Sold It". The problem is he specifically targets elderly and naive clients and ends up stealing most of the stuff that's consigned to him instead of just collecting the already outrageously high 40% he claims to take.

    His MO is always similar I've learned since I've connected with many other victims online. He takes a bunch of stuff to consign, promises the world. He avoids giving a clear inventory of what he receives through smooth talking and excuses. He delays and delays and delays while paying out on a small percentage of the items he admits to selling. He then claims other items were never received, or they are broken, or they are worthless for whatever bs reason, or they are defective. He claims to have disposed off "worthless items" without any permission from the consigner. If you check his Ebay history though you will often find your lost, or broken, or defective items successfully sold for real money. You may also find, like me, that he understated the sales price of the few items he admits to selling.

    Richard Gottfried (Crazy Richard Sold It) is a career criminal and he needs to be stopped. He's stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars and he's been convicted and done jail time. There are many articles about Richard Gottfried and his crimes on major news sites.

    Richard always claims to his nearly flawless Ebay feedback rating as proof that he is not criminal, but of course his Ebay rating is high, he sells stolen property for below market prices. If the buyers don't know it's stolen, they must be thrilled! Although Richard is so stupid, it seems like he even screws over some of his Ebay buyers too (at least according to Richard Gottfried's Crazy Richard Sold It Facebook page reviews he has ripped off his Ebay buyers). He can't help but steal, he's a total psychopath.

    Unfortunately, he employs an army of fake online personalities as well as family and friends to keep his business's rating artificially high. He also seems to have a talent for getting negative reviews removed. The tide seems to be turning (see Yelp for example), but it's not enough. This guy is 100% criminal scam artist! Can anyone in the forum offer some advice on how to expose this fraud further? He took me for over $10K alone, I can't imagine how much he's stealing from the community.

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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    Small problem.

    From this NYTimes article dated 1DEC1998:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/01/ny...-millions.html;
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    That's a Richard N. Gottfried.

    Per phone records at http://www.whitepages.com/name/Richa...ork-NY/896bj1s this is likely him;
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    Phone records also show listings for a half dozen other Richard Gottfried's in New York State, some of those may be repeat listings and some do not give a middle name or age. A Richard J. and two Richard G's (a Jr. and Sr.) stand out among them.

    Per https://www.corporations.pa.gov/search/corpsearch you are looking for a 'Richard Gottfried' in Havertown, PA.;
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    Phone records in PA. also have a half dozen or so listings, again some of those may be repeat listings and some do not give a middle name or age. I can pick out a Richard A., a Richard J., and a Richard R. Two of these are located in Havertown, PA.

    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Richa...own-PA/76tf2j5;
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    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Richa...ried/-/16345b5;
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    So that gives at least two possibilities for who runs that business, Richard A. or Richard R. However, none of these match up to the Richard N. in the NYTimes article.
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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    And while it's possible that a single individual may be using an alias. Generally people using an alias change a bit more then just the middle name, they almost always change the last name in some way.

    Like this one:
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    Generally you did a good job of researching the information. However, you need more then just a first and last name. The middle name is helpful and a DoB is wonderful. Especially when dealing with names that can be rather common.

    Imagine trying to do research on a 'John Smith'.
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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    Oh, and it would be most helpful if you would link to the ebay feedback.

    http://www.ebay.com/usr/ralphizzle4444;
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    Personally I tried eBay over 15 years ago, and didn't care for it much.
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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    Quote Originally Posted by willson View Post
    This guy sells stolen property, so one can only assume he will not be an honest buyer either if you come across him so beware!


    Name: Richard Gottfried (Richard G. Gottfried)
    Business Name: Crazy Richard Sold It
    E-mail: [email protected] (not sure if it's the same e-mail linked to his eBay account)
    Address:3549 Rhoads Avenue, Newtown Square, PA 19073
    Phone: 610-359-6200
    Website: http://crazyrichardsoldit.com
    Ebay profile: http://www.ebay.com/sch/ralphizzle4444
    Wow, most apologies.
    It may be that member https://www.scam.com/member.php?552723-willson is already aware of this.
    Anyway, welcome to Scam.com.
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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    Quote Originally Posted by nomaxim View Post
    Wow, most apologies.
    It may be that member https://www.scam.com/member.php?552723-willson is already aware of this.
    Anyway, welcome to Scam.com.
    so wilson's avatar is a mug of beer!? maybe he was tipsy when he got taken!? 10k was that all in 1 swoop!? more details!?
    i do not endorse/recommend any advertising on scam.com associated with my name /posts or otherwise. thank you

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    Re: Stolen property Ebay scam "Crazy Richard Sold It" (aka Richard Gottfried)

    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    so wilson's avatar is a mug of beer!? maybe he was tipsy when he got taken!? 10k was that all in 1 swoop!? more details!?
    Well, he sure has trouble telling the difference between a N and a G.

    Quote Originally Posted by willson View Post
    Hi, I am Wilson a consultant from Philadelphia. I came here to expose a guy that stole more than $10,000 worth of stuff from me through an eBay consignment scam. Would appreciate advice on how to further expose him.
    Umm, have you tried the police?
    Or filing a civil suit?
    Or are you not concerned with recovering the money?
    Last edited by nomaxim; 04-16-2017 at 02:17 PM.
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