Crooks on EBAY-How Do They Do It?

My stepson has been trying to sell his PS3 system on EBAY. he has gotten an offer from somebody who has an ebay ration of 130 (STAR)-99+% positive. However, this "buyer’ is trying to get him to complete the sale OUTSIDE of Ebay. Anyway, last time we checked, the "buyer’ sennt an official-lloking paypal statement, showing a transfer of the money-but nothing shows up in his bank account. the ship-to address is ibadan-NIGERIA! So, this is clearly a scam-we have reported it to EABY, and now way are we ever shipping anything to Nigeria. But how can someone masquerade as a legitimate buyer, with a very positive rating? And, how do you scam Paypal? :eek:

He didn’t scam PayPal, he just sent an email that looked like PayPal. As for the eBay account with positive feedback, he probably stole the password through an email phishing scam, used the account for a few transactions until the negs started rolling in, then started over with another stolen account.

Scam sellers often will put the email into their listing, and advise you to use that account, instead of using the EBAY ‘contact seller’ link.

The accounts are inevitably the free ones, AOL, YAHOO and the like, you won’t find too many scammer using the email account their own ISP provides.

Never ever send goods before payment is recieved and properly cleared, never ever sell outside EBAY, either by ending a listing early or after your listing has finished.

Be extremely aware of ‘second chance’ opportunities to buy, whilst they can be legit, I would never go near one. Unfortunate for the legit seller I know, but there are always other items, buyers etc to choose.

If someone is buying from you, its worth just taking a look at their previous buying history, if its all small cheap stuff and nearly all from another country and you are selling something of high value, you have to ask yourself a few questions.

It could be a phished account, and its always worth using the EBAY contact link instead of the email address that the buyer provides as the two may be very differant. On phished accounts, the fraudster is not likely to know the true EBAY registered email account that is in the original users profile.

Differances between currency and item location should be a heads up, if the item is allegedly in Spain, then why is it priced in dollars and not Euros for example.
This can show up well in the account history, if your buyers address is in the US and the history shows purchases mostly from Germany in Euros, there’s obviously something wrong especially if feedback exchanges are all in German too.