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Ebay Scammers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Assumer, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. Assumer


    Mar 26, 2003
    I always check ebay from the address window as opposed to from an e-mail. I am glad. Lost an auction last week then got an e-mail about a second chance because the winner could not pay. They sent some really believeable e-mails with elaborate graphics etc. I knew it was BS when I went to the ebay site and there was no record of the transaction. I kept them believinig I was interested while I notified ebay. Is there anyway they can track them? They used a yahoo e-mail. I thought those were trackable as opposed to hot-mail. They did not get anything from me but it is the point and I would love to see them caught. These guys used perfect english not like the typical scam.
  2. jgbass

    jgbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2003
    I would report this to Ebay's Security and Resolution Center. You can find that department on their site map. They have had some success in tracking these people down. I send them all the spoofs I get.

    I'm not even a regular Ebay buyer, not a seller and I get this stuff almost weekly. Last one I got was someone threatening to call the police (I think they spelled it "polise") if I didn't respond to them. I've gotten smart about ebay too and I just go directly to mt ebay and read mail while signed in.
  3. Flag2Flag


    Dec 30, 2005
    Austin, TX
    ywah id def report it. ive seen chinese auctions where half of the words were spelt wrong and the pictures were of model guitars.... totally lame
  4. My experiences with eBay administration haven't been very good though. They take days or a couple of weeks to respond, and even so their response is highly unsatisfactory.
  5. Assumer


    Mar 26, 2003
    Ebay actually responded in an hour saying the e-mails were fake. I knew that but it is there hands now.
  6. Aside from the fact that nobody is going to pursue this guy. Attempting to rip somebody off is not a crime.
  7. Assumer


    Mar 26, 2003
    Are you sure about this. I could swear I have heard of people being arrested for attempted this and that. Maybe not. who knows but these folks are annoying as hell. They do make life interesting.
  8. Herman


    Dec 25, 2005
    Lynchburg, VA
    I think it's called fraud and it is illegal.
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Officers probe web auction 'scam'
    The police are investigating an alleged scam in which household goods were stolen from a Bristol warehouse and sold from Devon via eBay.
    Brabantia ironing boards, kitchen utensils and other goods valued at more than £10,000 and £5,000 in cash have been seized by police.

    They seized the goods from houses in Barnstaple and Umberleigh.

    The police believe the items were stolen from a warehouse close to Nailsea, near Bristol.

    Four people were questioned on 7 February over offences including conspiracy to steal, and bailed.

    Investigating officers also raided a house at Weston-super-Mare and seized further Brabantia goods and about £3,000 cash.

    Those questioned at Weston-super-Mare included a 27-year old Umberleigh man and a 62-year-old Barnstaple woman. They were bailed to appear in court on 11 May.

    Police believe products stolen from the warehouse have been on sale since the middle of last year.
  10. So far the only thing this guy is guilty of is lying. No transaction took place.

    Ever been lied to by a car salesman, a politician, a music store employee, etc.?
  11. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I just got a good one today pretending to be the paypal receipt for a $420 xbox 360 and it has a nice little link to "duspute this sale" I wonder how many people they fished in a got from this one. Quite clever but since I am a software engineer, these hacks and attempts to get passwords just dont work...

    A guy I work with got one of these, knew it was a scam and actually used the email information to get the understanding that it was based in Korea. He then took the leisure of finding some nice swear words in Korean and flooding the user name and password with them and keept going back and doing it for a good 5 minutes...

    Afterwards, he sent the email about the spoof.

    You forward them to spoof@ebay.com so you know.
  12. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    On a related note, here is the one for PayPal


    I get a constant stream of spoof emails about EBay and PayPal. I especially like the ones where they say that my account is being canceled. Always hover over the link and you will see their bogus web site address in the status bar (if you have the status bar visible).
  13. Herman


    Dec 25, 2005
    Lynchburg, VA
    It doesn't matter whether a transaction has taken place yet or not. If his intentions are to defraud someone, and it can be proven, he's guilty of attempted fraud.

    Have you ever heard of someone being charged for attempted murder, attempted robbery, attempted rape etc? By your logic, if someone walks into a bank with a gun demanding money but is stopped before he actually takes the money, he hasn't done anything wrong.
  14. Wow, I almost got scammed on a "Second Chance Auction" today. Boy, I feel dumb, but I'm glad I didn't pursue it any further. Here are the gory details.

    Last week I bid on a Mesa Walkabout Scout bass combo amp, but I was eventually outbid. Then last night I got an email from eBay that certainly appeared to be from the seller. It showed all the details of that particular auction -- the item photo, the title, the seller, the link to the auction, the winning bid, my eBay ID, and even my bid amount. It explained that the winner couldn't pay, and that I could now buy the item. It told me to email the seller directly for more details, and gave me his email address. That should have tipped me off right there -- eBay probably wouldn't give up the real seller's email address.

    I was excited because I really wanted that particular amp, so I was ready to jump all over this offer. But then this morning I got two more "Second Chance Offers" for the very same item, and all of the emails showed a different email address for the seller! So I did a Google search on "ebay second chance scam" and learned that this is how they operate. Yuck.
  15. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    There's another pretty clever scam email to watch out for. I don't know if it still goes around, but my mom's gotten it a few times. It looks like it's a message from ebay, telling you that you need to confirm something in your account or something to that effect. It links you to a page that looks exactly like ebay's login page, but your username and password go straight to the scammer.
  16. lbpark


    Apr 23, 2005
    Mobile, Al.
    My favorite current scam is the auction with the pornographic gallery picture and the explicit item title. I laugh every time I see it.

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