Personal Assistant help

Started by MistyEyedWanderer, November 06, 2023, 07:05:29 PM

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MistyEyedWanderer

Ok, this may seem strange and is not intended to be a rant.  I have just had a new verified Ebay account suspended for no reason at all and I am furious. I was rudely cut off in the customer chat with no way to appeal and still none the wiser as to what 'risk' I pose buying model choo choo's on the internet :censored:   

I feel sorry for the seller who had accepted my offer on a spares and repairs model, as their is no way to reach him outside of that awful robotized corporation.
So I guess what I am looking for is a trustworthy N gauge member that is prepared to be a friend to help me out on my behalf with purchases.

I rely on writing for communication and need assistance.  It makes simple tasks impossible that would otherwise for most not be an issue.

This could turn into a position to support me in other things that I desperately need help with, such as going to model shows I would otherwise never get to see and general P.A work on an as needed basis.   

I am an ambulant wheelchair user with no chair :censored:

Being a little aware of scammers.If an Admin would like to PM me I can try to tell a little more detail.  I could set up an account with say, wise for transactions.
I need you to Set up a Protonmail email account to work with me.
Obviously cannot go into personal details on a public message board.
I have quirks you need to be ok with, I am a professional introverted misanthropic curmudgeonly hermit with a soft center (so I'm told), that doesn't care about whats on television or the weather.

Does this sound like a job for you?
 

ChrisGH

I had the same problem when I first opened an account.
I hadn't even tried to buy anything and my account got suspended.
Why? Couldn't find out.
All I did was open a new replacement account in a different name and email and everything (so far anyway)has been ok.
Regards Chris

MistyEyedWanderer

Quote from: ChrisGH on November 06, 2023, 07:43:11 PMI had the same problem when I first opened an account.
I hadn't even tried to buy anything and my account got suspended.
Why? Couldn't find out.
All I did was open a new replacement account in a different name and email and everything (so far anyway)has been ok.
Regards Chris
I got about 24 hours out of before it shut down unexpectedly.  I really thought it was ok this time.  My intuition is that if you use a VPN (and we all really should do) or some kind of proxy the account is automatically flagged regardless of how clean it is.  I have used BIN before with no account, but that can be hit and miss even with a fresh email address. After getting stung for a lot more £'s than hobby priced items it has made me wary of buying anything from ebay.  Ebay still owe me for that from months ago.  You might not actually get refunded without an account, if the temporary account that is automatically set up for BIN is suspended!

It really looks like you are forced to behave like a scammer to get around the A.I. just to be a legitimate buyer, and of course you can't actually bid that way. 
I'm looking at how to get to the financial ombudsmen involved.
Ebay are Still charging a percentage for postage!   

Glad to see an association member anyway.

njee20

They're entirely within their rights to charge fees on postage. Non issue.  EBay are not the crooks people seem to think. Good luck with the FOS, you'll have to have gone via eBay's full complaints process if you want a fighting chance. 

I'm not clear what you actually want? Is it just someone to help you with eBay? I can't quite reconcile the idea that not using a VPN is risky, but you want a stranger to purchase things on your behalf, presumably giving them your bank/card details...?

AndrewPH

#4
Yeah, Ebay (and PayPal, and online payment processors like Stripe, and some online banks) don't like VPNs. The reason is painfully obvious even if you don't like it - when funds are being transferred through the banking system, they like to know roughly where each party is located at the time of the transaction. All part of today's crazy world of anti money laundering etc etc.

All this talk of VPNs and Protonmail suggests a higher-than-healthy level of paranoia, and (having been through this myself) I'd now advocate for simply relaxing a little.

Privacy is like many things in life - you can achieve a reasonable level without too much pain, but making it perfect is simply not worth the hassle and is (IMO) impossible anyway. All you're doing is giving yourself stress, and for what? If any corporation or other entity wants badly enough to know what you're doing, they will know. But actually, they couldn't care less.

The fact that PayPal and one of my banks won't allow online transactions if I'm using a VPN used to frustrate me too - but I know I don't have a hope in hell of influencing their policy, so I learned to let it go, and in doing so I realised that in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter.

TL;DR: Pick your battles.
Drew
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joe cassidy

I got a message from Facebook today telling me that if I want to continue to have free access I have to agree to let them sell my personal details to all and sundry.

Otherwise, I have to pay a subscription of 10 euros per month.

mokjumbo

Quote from: joe cassidy on November 07, 2023, 01:21:08 PMI got a message from Facebook today telling me that if I want to continue to have free access I have to agree to let them sell my personal details to all and sundry.

Otherwise, I have to pay a subscription of 10 euros per month.
A great reason to tell them where to go and cancel your account.

steadfast

Quote from: joe cassidy on November 07, 2023, 01:21:08 PMI got a message from Facebook today telling me that if I want to continue to have free access I have to agree to let them sell my personal details to all and sundry.

Otherwise, I have to pay a subscription of 10 euros per month.
They'll have already sold your details left right and centre. The prime reason for social media isn't for communication, but generating ad revenue.
The 10 euro monthly fee makes your account ad free, which it won't have been previously. The fee roughly suggests what your use is probably worth to them each month...

Jo

njee20

If you're not paying for a service then you are the product.

joe cassidy

If I'm a product I'm not selling very well.

Maybe I'm past my sell-by date ?

AndrewPH

Quote from: joe cassidy on November 07, 2023, 01:21:08 PMlet them sell my personal details to all and sundry

They do that anyway, even when they claim they're not.

Part of my "achieving a reasonable level of privacy" (see above) was disengaging from social media. Life is better now.
Drew
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joe cassidy

Most of the adverts I get on Facebook are for ladies' underwear  ;)

AndrewPH

What's that phrase? "Everything happens for a reason..."  :D
Drew
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MistyEyedWanderer

Quote from: njee20 on November 06, 2023, 10:24:22 PMThey're entirely within their rights to charge fees on postage. Non issue.  EBay are not the crooks people seem to think. Good luck with the FOS, you'll have to have gone via eBay's full complaints process if you want a fighting chance. 

I'm not clear what you actually want? Is it just someone to help you with eBay? I can't quite reconcile the idea that not using a VPN is risky, but you want a stranger to purchase things on your behalf, presumably giving them your bank/card details...?

VPN is supposed to be a great defense against hackers and annoyingly some websites wont work without one after the GDPR.
If I ever want my money back that was effectively stolen from me, then I guess I'll go through the process.  I would have done so before but the contact detail were horribly obfuscated and the chat wouldn't work. Probably overloaded from complaints.  Amazon appears to work and is apparently beating Ebays market share, but the fees are higher and neither can exactly boast of moral superiority when it comes to how customers and staff are treated. 

Wise accounts for example are one way to transfer funds securely without disclosing insecure card numbers, then there is crypto.  There is an element of trust much the same as making a classified ads purchase by mail.  Done it on Gumtree for low value and sold that way too.  Both trust that the other will send.  Set a limit.  Ideally it would be someone nearby that wont stay a stranger for long so it could be collected in person or give help with large objects.  Someone to help with buying from Ebay on my behalf and sending to me is only the tip of the iceberg.
The rest is much larger in all.  Social coordination and physical effort with the likes of arranging hospital visits and actually getting there and back.  I might try a local add again.

AndrewPH

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