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Darksoul

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  1. Hi all, For info a few people have provided information as to names, locations, phone numbers used by these scammers. I have not been able to find any clear avenues of investigation that would assist in identifying anyone in South Australia. Obviously I can't discuss what I have checked or how I have done that. I've rung the phone number and it rings out (no surprise there). With these scams of reasonably high value, they are usually off shore, and information provided by a couple of members does suggest that. Seems lower value scams run on Gumtree and the like are usually done by people in Australia. We sadly see 20+ cybercrime reports for just South Australia every day, ranging from the puppy dog scam on Gumtree, up to the romance scams where people finally report it and admit they have been done for tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) over a period of time. I can only encourage anyone who has been stung by these people to make an online cyber crime report via the below link. It may be that someone finally provides some info that will assist in identifying if the scammer(s) are in Australia or not (though I doubt it). https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/report/are-you-a-victim-of-cybercrime
  2. Hi @Rivs , I've PM'd you. I'd suggest anyone reading about this scam posts it on their social media with a few links to help it come up in searches. May help others realise it is a scam before being hooked.
  3. Possibly but don't hold your hope too high.
  4. Heads up with this scam. Since I have my finger in the pie with all things pinball crime related, I can sadly confirm this company is still active with this scam within the last 2 weeks.. An online fraud report has been received by our department where the victim paid for a machine and never received it. I wont disclose anything else that may identify the victim or impinge on their privacy. Long shot, but if anyone has any details of the email address, phone number or banking details (apart from the ones on the "invoices" in previous posts) they may have provided you, can you PM them to me.
  5. AC/DC Premium Pinball Machine. $10700 1 owner, was new in box. Will come with orginal manual. Well looked after and machine in excellent condition. Nil mods apart from a Bon Scott homage plastic I added to the left return ramp. Not getting the love it deserves so time to move it on. Price negotiable. Advertised elsewhere. Can be viewed on Sunday afternoon/evening or other evenings by arrangement. Will suit local buyers as buyer is to collect. I will not pack, ship or deliver. Twist my arm and I will throw in the neon light. http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/ACDC/1.jpg http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/ACDC/2.jpg http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/ACDC/3.jpg http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/ACDC/4.jpg http://www.users.on.net/~bradandpam/ACDC/1.jpg
  6. EBD (after I find the f*#king problem with it) Dolly Parton Tri Zone Count Down Flash x 2 Centaur II Dr WHo AC/DC Kiss (Bally) Kiss (Sern) TAF (never) Flash Gordon (Never)
  7. @jono very nice job there. I have one I've clearcoated, cabinet is a mess and will need lots of work. What's the best way to take of cabinet decals? Still with a heat gun or has anyone come up with a better way recently?
  8. There's so much misinformation I don't think we will ever know. Probably natural with the possibility of it being an accidental release from a lab.
  9. Spot on. There were concerns very early on that the outbreak was as a result of a containment breach at the lab. WHO knocked that on the head...well the WHO has shown it's true colours now. Nothing more than the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party) bitch. Some gutsy scientists and doctors in China tried to warn the world (and their own government) early on. Those poor buggers have now "disappeared". They knew what was likely to happen to them but spoke out anyways. I still don't think the outbreak was intentional, if it was from a lab and not a natural eveolved disease. Just a lot of inept people trying to cover and save face who took far too long to act.
  10. I found these hard to get when I did my FG resto about 5 years ago. Not sure if that has changed. have you thought of making them yourself?
  11. Thanks guys. I have sourced a set here in Adelaide!
  12. How's this for a long shot. Does anyone have the side art decals for a Dr Who cabinet? I have the coin door and backbox already.
  13. @Ballypinball, are these legit cabinet decals for Dr Who? https://pinballdecals.eu/shop/doctor-who-pinball-cabinet-decals-set/
  14. Point taken, but when the manufacturers have press releases as below, it's hard to argue pinballs are not considered a consumer product. They clearly see the household consumer as a key market. The official press release reads as follows: CHICAGO, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, announced today the Star Wars™ Pin™, a new stylish, affordable and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home. Stern’s new Star Wars™ Pin™ immerses players in the dynamic Star Wars™ galaxy. The Pin™ is packed with features that provide players with an irresistible game experience including select speech and footage from the original Star Wars™ trilogy, color-changing playfield inserts, a custom sculpted Death Star, and a custom sculpted and interactive TIE fighter. The easy to setup Star Wars™ Pin™ is built to last and engineered with genuine Stern commercial-quality parts. The playfield is housed in a stylish cabinet with dynamic, high definition artwork. The all-LED playfield lighting provides optimal color and brilliant light shows. “The Star Wars™ Pin™ is designed to provide quality family entertainment and bring pinball fun to homes everywhere,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “We are pleased to bring these pinball machines celebrating the Star Wars™ galaxy and adventures to our fans.” Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations. SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.
  15. This show could work, with the cast of Zumanity:)
  16. Remember guys, you could take out a credit card. Book the flights and room on it to go a long way to minimum spend and points. Maybe get 2 lounge passes throuwn in depending on the card.
  17. Shows are only in Sydney. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
  18. Oswald. And we will never know for sure who else was involved.
  19. With a lot of people flying overseas to pinball shows and the like, I thought it might be worth sharing a little knowledge on how it may be possible to do it with a touch of luxury, convenience and saving a few dollars. I recently returned from the USA with my wife after a 3 1/2 week trip (mid Sept to early Oct). Planning started about a year prior when we threw a few ideas off each other and confirmed with work we could get the September to October dates off. All figures shown in Australian dollars. The cards and rewards points Having spent many evenings reading about traveling and earning points on Pointhacks and the like, we decided to take out a series of credit cards that offered bonus sign up points and lounge passes (among other benefits such as travel insurance etc). We reasoned that it was worth the effort as we were undertaking various minor renovations around the house. A quick tally of anticipated expenditure on the renos/appliances etc. plus normal household expenses showed we would not be spending money just for the sake of meeting the minimum spends required on the cards to earn the bonus points. We went with Qantas points based cards. Each card has different income requirements, annual fees and spending criteria (usually around $3-4k but they vary). I’ll leave it up to the individual to assess the various cards. Additionally, I took out an American Express Platinum Charge card – more on this later. In evaluating if this whole exercise is worth it, you need to calculate whether the costs associated with taking out the cards is offset by what you see as the benefit. In my case I had the following criteria: Value of Qantas points redeemed must be less than outright cash price of flight ticket for the dates travelling For example, annual fee of a card $300, with minimum spend of $3,000. Receive 120,000 points + 2 lounge passes valued at $50 each after minimum card spend. Plus you earn 3,000 additional points for the spending the $3,000 (at 1 point per $). So in effect it costs $300 for the points to fly, buyng a ticket with cash might cost, $1,300. It's worth spending the points. Trip from Adelaide to Los Angeles departing mid Sept, returning early Oct flying economy was going to cost about $1300 outright in cash per person. Flying economy on points at the time cost 90,000 points and fees of about $50 (points needed to fly economy has now dropped to about 84,000 Qantas points). The price of the minimum spend on the card is not counted as we had to spend that anyways on the renos, even if we didn’t take out the card. As you can see, so long as you are not spending money that you would otherwise, it can be worth the effort in taking out a card. I considered lounge passes as an extra bonus as it would all depend on the flight schedules whether there was time to use them. So we repeated this process several times until we accumulated about 310,000 Qantas points by March 2019. By that time we had exact dates we could take leave from work and where we wanted to go. Below was the itinerary planned and eventually booked: During the trial booking online I realised we didn’t have enough points to cover every flight. Grey represents those legs booked with the Qantas points. This included internal USA flights and the return trip to Sydney booked with American Airlines (AA) who are a Qantas partner. In total it was 302,000 points (151,000 points each). Fees and charges for booking all the rewards points flights came to about $800 in total. The American Airlines Paid Flights were not booked until about a month later, after I took out the American Express Card. We were fortunate enough that premium economy seats were still available for Melbourne – Los Angeles, none were available for the return flight to Australia. If there had been, several more internal flights in the USA would have needed cash payment rather than by points. We just did not have enough points to cover everything. American Express Platinum Card - Cost of the internal USA flights was going to be about $720 in total. If I booked the flights outright, I got no other benefit for that spend. I had looked at the American Platinum Card (Amex card) earlier but dismissed it as the annual fee had just risen to $1450 and some of the benefits cut. A second look at it showed I could still get $1450 of value from it if squeezed. The card gives a range of benefits including the following: - 80,000 points (worth 40,000 Qantas points) - Access for card holder and a guest to American Express lounges - Access to Priority Pass lounge network for holder and guest - Travel credit of $450 - Complimentary American Express Platinum Reserve credit card (with $400 travel credit) - Gold membership of various hotel chains with perks such as upgraded rooms, breakfast etc. The American Airlines paid flights must be booked with the travel credits via American Express website (and they are at a premium) and I upgraded to Main Cabin Extra for a few more dollars (extra legroom and free drinks). I made sure all layovers were extended. Anyone who’s flown in the USA knows you’re just as likely to be delayed several hours. We’ve experienced many delays before, one as long as 6 hours leading to a layover of almost 8 hours. One delay resulted in a missed flight home to Australia. Total Cost of Flights per person The 302,000 points represented just under the total bonus points obtained when taking out 3 cards. The annual fee for those cards totalled just under $800. Add in the $800 in fees and taxes when booking the reward flights brings it to about $1600 for two people or $800 per person. American Express Platinum card annual fee is $1450 or $725 per person. Total costs per person being $1525. Costing the flights as if they had to be paid with cash per person ($): Adelaide-Melbourne-Los Angeles (premium economy) $3,600* Los Angeles-San Francisco $150 San Francisco-Dallas $230 Dallas-Memphis $280 Memphis-Dallas-Las Vegas $240 ($270 Amex price) Las Vegas-Los Angeles $120 ($170 Amex price) Los Angeles-Sydney-Adelaide $1,600 Total cost = $6,220 per person *one way premium economy with Qantas is not half of a return trip, returns can be had for about $3,800 in the same class. I double checked on Qantas and Google Flights. :/ Assumes no flight sales Airport Lounges About 4 weeks out from our trip I received two complimentary Qantas International Business Lounge passes valued at $99 each. Bonus! We also used two Qantas Lounge passes that came with our cards during the long layover in Sydney before returning to Adelaide valued at $50 each. This is where the American Express Platinum card came into its own. Almost every airport has some type of lounge you can visit for free while waiting for your flight (apart from Memphis it seems!). Either an American Express Centurion Lounge or Priority Pass Lounge was visited at the following airports (in order of use) and costed per person: Adelaide - Rex Lounge valued at $33 (due to our very first flight being delayed by 90 minutes) Melbourne - Qantas Int Business Lounge valued at $99 (not included in calculation as they were freebies) - Amex Centurion Lounge valued at $70 Los Angles - Alaska Lounge valued at $70 San Fran - no lounge used due to early flight Dallas/Ft Wrth - Amex Centurion Lounge valued at $70 Memphis - no lounge available Dallas/Ft Wrth - Amex Centurion Lounge valued at $70 Las Vegas - Amex Centurion Lounge valued at $70 Los Angeles - Alaska Lounge valued at $70 Sydney - Qantas Domestic Lounge valued at $50 Total value of the lounges used per person= $500 (rounded), of this the American Express/Priority Pass lounge value was $450 per person. So I came out in front by taking up the American Express Platinum card. Cost was $725 (half the $1450 fee). From that I booked flights for about $360 ($240+$120) and the $450 of lounge access totalling $810. There were some other benefits re room upgrades/free breakfasts totalling about $200 per person for the trip. That makes the total value gained at about $285 per person ($1010 - $725). And I didn’t even use the Amex points towards flights. Conclusion and Observations Most cards offering bonus sign up points will also earn you between 0.75 – 1.25 Qantas points per dollar spent. Wherever possible we paid with Amex to earn maximum points. Plan well in advance, 2 years prior to a trip would not be too early. Award seats are released about 11-12 months in advance. The higher class seats are snapped up quickly and offer the best “bang for buck” per point. To get those seats you will likely have to be flexible with your travel dates. To me, good travel insurance is worth every cent. We always take out comprehensive travel insurance separately and didn’t rely on the insurance that came with any of the cards as there can be various exclusions and pre-requisites to qualify for the insurance. Qantas sometimes have bonus points sales on hotels booked through them, often 6 or 8 points per dollar. We were lucky enough to book a same star rating hotel in LA (next to the one we were planning to stay at), earning about 13,000 Qantas points. To maximise your value, consider cancelling or down grading the credit card prior to 12 months or you pay another annual fee with no bonus points on offer. Happy snaps Dodger Stadium watching the Dodgers Golden Gate Bridge On the grassy knoll in Dallas Downtown Dallas from the Geodome at sunset AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys Gracelands [ATTACH=CONFIG]156715[/ATTACH] Drinking at the Flying Saucer in Memphis (long story and a long, happy afternoon) Southern end of Las Vegas strip
  20. If you get the chance, there are 3-4 things to have a good look at around Dallas: Sixth Floor Museum/Dealey Plaza - JFK assassination Geodome at sunet Dallas Aquarium Also go down to AT&T stadium - home of the Cowboys for great tour.
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