We have reason to believe that Rebecca Choe of New Jersey aka (DTR777777 on the Penny Auction Watch forum) is shill bidding on her own penny auction site TdBids.net. When we first found Tdbids.net (from a Chitika ad) we saw that DTR777777 had been “winning” many items at low prices and we e-mailed her to ask her if she had received her items.
Here’s a copy of her e-mail to us:
We received a few items from TdBids, but became suspicious of how high prices would go when we would bid. It seemed like the only time the items ended for high amounts was when we had placed bids on them. We often wondered how they could afford to “give away” so many items at the prices they did and still stay in business.
To prove our suspicions we spent an exorbitant amount of money last night on a Nintendo Wii where DTR777777 was the only opponent, each time we used the autobid function DTR777777 would also put herself on autobidder at conveniently the same time.Â We found it odd that whenever we would place bids on TdBids we would pay far beyond what other auctions have ended for.
TdBids recently changed their website and a full history of auctions is not available.Â DTR777777 has been the only user on the forum to bring up TdBids and recently she asked when it would be back up. Also, when TdBids.net had test auctions the user “vibbu” was bidding, we highly doubt that this powerbidder Â would be bidding on their test auctions.
Lastnight we did some investigating and found that our suspicions were correct.
How do we know that DTR777777 (Rebecca Choe) owns TdBids.net?
- When DTR777777 first found PAW she used her first name, Rebecca, when she left comments.
- An e-mail from TdBids shows the name Rebecca Choe:
- The backend of our forum shows DTR777777’s e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A Google search of email@example.com shows that it belongs to Rebecca Choe of Rochelle Park, NJ, as found on http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/homestay/index.pl?page=2;read=12103:
- TdBids.net is located in New Jersey and is aÂ limited liability company.
- DTR777777 has been quick to call out penny auction sites and tells us that she reports them to the authorities.
Here are some of her forum posts:
From the Bidstick thread: “Don’t even try this site. Bad… Scam… I spent $600.00 with paypal account and won laptop. They never ship the winning items and you can not claim to paypal when it pass 2 months. Even you explain to paypal, don’t get money back and not getting any winning items. Bad site… No customer support…”BlitzPenny: “Tell us detail. How they scam you???”GiftCardBidz : “Couldn’t see winner or end auction. Can not see winner. So, could be scam. They deleted ended auction page.”WormDealz: ” The site is gone. I did not even know if this site was opened. You report to FBI, IRS, nothing will be help. I did it reported to FBI for one of the penny auction site and they don’t do anything. Even Now they are in penny auction now… Try. But I guess nothing will help…”BidMyDreams: “What’s the your seller name so we can see your feed back and make sure if that is you… Are you amazon electronics bestseller in canada??? Please let us know your seller name and one of listing link… If this is true… Is it you registered from taipei??? This is not canada according to your registered. BidMyDreamsÂ TaipeiÂ Taiwan, Taipei 23558″HappySpree: “Looks like scam to me. &Â Read carefully. Term and condition. “Product won will be shipped within 4-6 weeks of the auction closing date. Members are limited to 1 unpaid winning item in their back office at any one time.”If you won 10/5/2009, You will have to wait until 4 weeks…..”BidLew: I will not use penny auction site that only have paypal payments. Hard to getting moneyback from penny auction scam site.
I am least bother about normal small user using the big player name .I think the bigger issue will be using real more prominent user (e.g. btw,protoprotos,rwb63,monikab) etc as shill bidder in those fake penny auction site.I remember seeing at PAW forum that there is an admin screen where you can define your shill bidder.
Because real user won’t go to that site and they may start using these user as the fake user.That will be disaster.
- User GiftCard bids on nearly all of the gift card auctions on TdBids:
- GiftCard is also a registered member of our forum, Notice how both members are on the same ISP:
IP Address GiftCard:
The IP Address is: 126.96.36.199
The host name is: ool-457c13af.dyn.optonline.net
IP ADDRESS DTR777777
The IP Address is: 188.8.131.52
The host name is: ool-4350eb12.dyn.optonline.net184.108.40.206
- A Google search of GiftCard’s e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org shows many inquiries related to penny auctions:Â http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1SKPC_enUS329US345&q=rebk0925&start=20&sa=N
ResultsÂ 11 -Â 20 of aboutÂ 1,330 forÂ rebk0925. (0.29 seconds)
- eBay My World – rebk0925 eBay My World forÂ rebk0925. ReadÂ rebk0925’s Reviews & Guides, blog, and eBay profile.myworld.ebay.com/rebk0925 –
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Not only is Rebecca Choe/Dtr777777Â defrauding people (and hopefully she has not stolen from anyone else), she has even gone so far as to copy BidRodeo.com’s newsletter and catchphrase “Hold on the longest and win!”
“We have some cool items coming up todays and this weeks. Don’t miss out Big Deals and Small Prices.
- Coby DP702 7-Inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame
- Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB Video MP3 Player
- DJ Hero Renegade Edition with Turntable Bundle – Wii
- PlayStation 3 120GB
- Prada. Authentic Cashmere Prada Scarf-Blue
(…)Check out our Gift Card Sections for every day.
Follow us with Twitter
Hold on the longest and win!” –TdBids.net
Here’s BidRodeo’s newsletter:
We have plenty of hot items today on auctions. Let me just list them:
All this must go today!
Hold on the longest and win!“-BidRodeo.com
Here’s a screenshot of the past 20 ended auctions on TdBids:
If you have been defrauded by TdBids.net (or see that your username has been used on the site) please contact us. We will prosecute, after all that is exactly what Ms. Choe insists on doing to other “scam” penny auctions.
Happy Thanksgiving!-Penny Auction Watch
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