Skip to comments.Beware of "Second Chance" eBay scam (vanity)
Posted on 03/11/2005 3:35:48 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
I recently sold an expensive (over $1000) item on eBay. Shortly after the auction, I received an email from one of the losers asking if an email they received was legitimate.
Someone posing as me, the seller, emailed the losing bidders, telling them that the winner had backed out, and that they had the chance to buy the item now. I told the recipient that the message was a fraud, and asked him to report the fraud to eBay.
I then took the liberty of emailing the fraudster from an anonymous account, assuming that he didn't keep track of who he was emailing. He didn't, and we are at the point where he is asking me for personal address information: "To end our transaction in the faster and very protected way i will need your full info so i can contact eBay to setup a granted and protected transaction. As soon as i receive your info i will contact eBay to send you an aw-confirmation invoice regarding how will be complete this transaction in safe mode"
I just submitted a complaint to the FBI (www.ic3.gov) (which handles matters over $2500) and left a message for local law enforcement fraud division.
Obviously, any savvy person would immediately suspect this as a fraud, but I am posting this to caution anyone about this type of scam.
As it happens, the local police is now interested in posing as a victim, and trying to fish out this guy.
FYI, There was a lengthy article i the NY Times sometimne in the last week about probnlems at E-Bay..mainly due to increasing fees it charges, and also to increasing fraud...and the fact that E-Bay doesn't seem interested in stopping the fraud. Do a search on the Times website..well worth reading..
Talking to eBay is like talking to a sheet of ice......
"E-Bay doesn't seem interested in stopping the fraud"
thanks for posting this. FReepers, identity theft, fraud and "phishing" using what is called "spoofing" is a huge online crime area.
One tool to help identify spam and phishing is a program called Mailwasher. Google it and download it, it's very popular. Using Mailwasher (free/donationware and paid Pro versions available) in conjunction with ZoneAlarm you can block all internet activity, then look at the Header (click the box) of the email to confirm it's where it claims to be from. If not, it MAY be spam or worse.
Indeed, BEWARE anything, anybody that seeks personal info of any kind, unless you can verify the caller, emailer, Web site.
HINT: copy the email address or Web site with your mouse, then open Wordpad or other word processing program (NOT Notepad) and enlarge the size to 24 or larger point size then CHANGE THE FONT a few times until you can confirm the information.
Scams are using l "small L" for numeral 1 and lots of other tricks, it really is ugly out there. If in doubt, DON'T.
Again, good post, BBa, from BB!
The article interviewed several "Power Sellers" (? on E-bay...and that was their main point. I was just passing it along FYI..
I had something similar happen to me a few years ago on eBay. I put in a bid on an expensive watch. I would have gladly bought the watch at the low bid I put in, but I did not keep bidding. After the auction was over, someone else, not the seller or buyer, contacted me saying that they had a similar watch for sale. (At that time, the bidder's email address was displayed.) I refused the offer, but in another email, the person got more agressive. In his(?) third email he attached a photo of the supposed watch. But the photo was simply one you could find on a company web site, not a real-looking watch photo. He finally gave up when I refused the offer again.
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