Warning: Obvious eBay Fraud

in General Discussion edited January 2014
As topic states, if you're in the market for a 17" imac (as I am) - avoid these auctions at all costs, they're all obvious frauds:

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14912&item=2087886 802" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14912&item=2087886 802</a>

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14912&item=2087891 999" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14912&item=2087891 999</a>

A new account, under 15 days old, with 21 positive feedbacks - ALL from new users, ALL for expensive hardware/electronics who's auctions were ended early. Seller says is in the Antilles but shipping is only $35 to the US.


only thing that makes me think otherwise though, is that he accepts escrow.


  • Reply 1 of 7
    andorandor Posts: 23member
    Oh wow, he's selling more than 215 items, all listed at the same time - all expensive electronics/computers... How do I report him, or can someone else do it?
  • Reply 2 of 7
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    Just wait for our resident eBay scam police officer, murbot, to get in here. He could at least offer some tips of the trade if you're willing to take up the challenge of stopping eBay scams. Good luck, you'll need it.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    thegeldingthegelding Posts: 3,230member
    seems somebody is on to him....

    <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2087891911&category=14 909" target="_blank">check the bidder name</a>
  • Reply 4 of 7
    is there a way to notify ebay...i am a bit concerned as he has two people who are bidding on a couple of his items that are not his stooges/clones/or himself (all his other "sales" were to new users with no history)....as for the escrow.com thing...i am sure he will as for cash or money order or whatever by email after the sale or direct them to an escrow.com that is a phony site that looks legit....ah, isn't ebay fun....that's why i only buy pez and bobble heads there.... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> .....g
  • Reply 5 of 7
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    The escrow thing has to be watched too, you wouldn't believe the number of false escrow sites set up these days. If a seller wants to use a certain, and obscure sounding escrow service and won't budge on which to use, a little buzzer should go off in your head.

    I'm retiring from the eBay hunting for a while though... I'm getting burned out man.

    Report fraudulent auctions using <a href="http://cgi3.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetRNSWebFormShow&fl ag1=2&flag2=6&flag3=3&rcode=520103841000000&subjec ttier1=Member+Problems&subjecttier2=Law+Enforcemen t&Query=Please+investigate+a+current+listing+for+p ossible+fraudulent+activity." target="_blank">this form</a> (you will have to log in of course). Just use it wisely, if they get dozens of only "possibly" suspicious auctions, you'll dilute the effectiveness of the guys there who shut the auctions down.

    Have fun.

    [ 01-10-2003: Message edited by: murbot ]</p>
  • Reply 6 of 7
    thanks for the link mur...seems others are ahead of me....

    [quote] Thank you for taking time to notify us about these items. We appreciate your efforts in helping us maintain a safe trading environment.

    eBay wants you to know that the following items have already been reported and are under investigation:



    You will receive a follow-up email for any items not already reported. Please allow us 36 hours to complete our investigation.


  • Reply 7 of 7
    Another thing to look out for is mails apparently sent from eBay to you requesting you to update your account/add something/verify that you are you etc.

    I have gotten three within the lawst week and reported them to eBay and of course they weren´t from them.

    One of them was this:

    [quote] Fra: [email protected] ()

    Dato: tor 2 jan 2003 13:32:04 Europe/Copenhagen

    Til: REMOVED (20 email adresses. All of them starting with the same four letters as my email sdress.

    Emne: Please verify your eBay account!

    Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by

    ([email protected]) on Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 13:32:04


    message: Dear eBay User, It has become very noticeable that another party has been corrupting your eBay account and has violated our User Agreement policy listed:4. Bidding and Buying You are obligated to complete the transaction with the seller if you purchase an item through one of our fixed price formats or are the highest bidder as described below. If you are the highest bidder at the end of an auction (meeting the applicable minimum bid or reserve requirements) and your bid is accepted by the seller, you are obligated to complete the transaction with the seller, or the transaction is prohibited by law or by this Agreement. You received this notice from eBay because it has come to our attention that your current account has caused interruptions with other eBay members and eBay requires immediate verification for your account. Please verify your account or the account may become disabled. Click Here To Verify Your Account - <a href="http://ww!w.sunday.ru/ebayhelp"; target="_blank">http://ww!w.sunday.ru/ebayhelp</a>;


    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> If you want to fake it try do a better job stupid. But the two other I got were more professionel
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