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How are con artists
stealing money from eBay buyers? Case I
|Someone is using
another person as a middleman.
Just imagine: you want to buy a fast and modern laptop but you see that in
retail stores and internet superstores it costs tons of money.
Where will you go? Right! You will connect to Internet; start
your favorite browser and type "www.ebay.com".
You find a laptop there and you like a price, you think: "Okay. It's very
good deal! I will win this auction!" And you win.
You write to a seller and ask him how to pay. The seller is reply that you
should send a money order to him/her. Then you send the money
order and... nothing. You try to contact with the seller, but
nobody replies on your messages.
You use eBay to get seller's information. What a hell!? I sent the money to
another person!!! You call to the seller and find that he
doesn't know what eBay is. Someone used his credit card to
You find a phone number of a person who had received your money order. You
call to her and learn that she is just receiving money orders on
behalf of an overseas company.
She doesn't know what eBay is also. Heck! You want your money back! But it's
As I know it's impossible!
What do you learn from it?
Before bidding on an auction:
- Look at the payments part of a page. If a seller accepts money orders and
cashiers' checks only when it's a 95% scam. Feedback means
almost nothing. I will explain it later.
- Ask a seller for his/her phone number and make a call to be sure that the
seller is real person who is selling an item.
- If a seller is refused or avoiding to contact you via the phone ask for
the eBay escrow service. Use eBay escrow only! Do not trust
- If you are paying a seller by http://www.PayPal.com always check that a
seller name the same as on eBay. If different it's 95% scam.
- If you reached a seller by a phone and negotiated with him about a payment
method you can bid on the auction safely.
Some advanced knowledge:
I said early that feedback means nothing. Why?
Because some scam artists are buying eBay accounts with a high feedback
They are buying it from hackers who overtake legal users' accounts and
inactive for a long time period accounts. It's also true for
And why you should trust eBay escrow services only? Because rippers are
running bogus escrow sites and try to rip you off.
Theirs site looks very fine. You will see a professional design and great
domain name. But... it’s only fake, intended to take your money
Very often such services tell you to transfer money to an overseas bank
account or e-gold account.
REMEMBER THAT A BIG PART OF SCAM ARTISTS SIMPLY DON'T DO THE NEXT STEP IF
YOU WILL ASK FOR THE EBAY ESCROW OR PHONE CALL. I KNOW IT,
BECAUSE I'M THE RETIRED RIPPER.
About the author:
Article by Nikolai Nikonov - the publisher of eBay and internet