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A scam on eBay

Discussion in 'The OT' started by veryoldschool, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The WAY that the pre-qualification is being done and the threat to remove bids is improper. eBay does run valid auctions requiring pre-qualification (usually for high ticket items such as Jay Leno charity items and that huge record collection). It isn't done by direct email contact between the parties.

    It's so easy to say "Hey, I got another one ... let's save the listing fees and do this outside of eBay" to the losing bidders.

    Everyone has to start somewhere ... but the seller looks like he hasn't sold anything for more than $50 ... and now he sells for $1585?
     
  2. lwilli201

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    I think $5 is cheap for this. As for Ebay, I never order from any one that does not except Pay Pal.
     
  3. James Long

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    Could also work like putting your credit cards in the freezer if you can't buy unless you have the code generator with you. :)

    Mine's on the way now too ... If you have not been hit by identity theft yet it is just a matter of time.
     
  4. Richard King

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    Ah, but the sales you are seeing in the history are not the same person. The account has been hijacked by this guy. I have seen, and reported, several of these in the past. I found one a while back when I was looking for a Jen-Air range where the scammer had stolen the listing graphics and description and listed the range under another account for a VERY low price. I recognized the graphics and informed the original seller who informed Ebay who shut down the scammer. I bought the item from the original seller and he gave me free shipping for helping him out. The scammer had hijacked the account he was selling with from another person and, of course, was able to show that person's history. I have no idea how they do the hijacking, but this has been going on for quite some time.
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    The $3,000,000 record collection "buyer" had logged on from an internet café, where his password had been "caught". This is all that one needs to "become" the user.
    I had a minor "bout" with something like this and I had downloaded some software, which had a keystroke tracker, so the one time I used my American Express card on line, "they" got everything and soon checked the account with an online movies ticket purchase [$15 so wasn't checked] and then came home and went for $800 worth of shirts from an online store. This seemed to have a different shipping address so the seller check with a call to me and my "WTF!!!!!" response let both of us know what was going on. My next call was to American Express for a new card.
    Now I use Computer Associates software and nobody gets any personal info if I can help it.
     
  6. DCSholtis

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    Just ordered one too. Thanks for that link!
     
  7. turey22

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    not all hotmail account are free. I pay for mine
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    I stand "better informed". :)
     
  9. paulsown

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    I think that what is being lost here is that Ebay is becoming almost unusable due to the scammers. If Ebay does not get a handle on this problem soon, they will be in serious trouble. I frequently get emails from people that simply put my user name with MSN.com, Yahoo.com, Gmail.com, etc., claiming to be the winning bidder (none of these emails are for my actual account, they are emails I use for junk).

    Early this year, I had some computer equipment to sell. Out of 5 separate auctions, only one had a legitimate buyer. Luckily, I am pretty well versed in how to spot scams. All of the things they say are true. Never click links in emails, always ship to a confirmed address, always use Buy-It-Now if you can. One more tip that helped me- when you receive an email purporting to be from PayPal or Ebay, read everything and check the grammar closely. These guys don't do this because they are smart. Additionally, check the bottom of the email. Many times, the scammers forget to remove the little ads that yahoo and msn place down there before they send it out. Lastly, after opening any email purporting to be from ebay or paypal, I always close my browser completely (mine is set to erase everything upon closing) and then reopen the browser BEFORE I sign into ebay or Paypal to check any activity. These simple steps have protected me so far (knock on wood).
     
  10. Richard King

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    THIS is a very good point. Many of these scams come from East European or African (Nigeria) countries where English is not the native language. I have been amazed at the grammar on some of the scam offers that I have received from "Ebay".
     
  11. spartanstew

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    What kind of porn collection is worth $30,000?
     
  12. Greg Alsobrook

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    a really good one?? :lol:
     
  13. veryoldschool

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    The kind that you can take home and don't talk. :)
     
  14. James Long

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    Governor porn. :)
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    Messages from eBay [like my security warning] will include your name [first & last] along with your username.
     
  16. tcusta00

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    I think eBay is still a decent place to do business (just bought balusters for my new deck at about 1/2 the cost of Lowes) but like anything else, you have to take the proper precautions. Caveat Emptor.
     
  17. paulsown

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    The sad part is that I received just as many illegitimate bids and Paypal notices from those wishing to have items shipped to US addresses. I know they could be simply drop houses for further shipment, but I thought that was interesting that only a portion was trying to get shipment to Africa.
     

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