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Looks like another Ebay Scam?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by JSL, Feb 17, 2004.

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  2. Old Guy

    Old Guy Formula Junior
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    Hard to say on this one. It has a few suspicious things, including the price.
    Somewhere on eBay someone has posted a checklist of indicators for a scam on a high-value item. Typically these include:

    1) Price too good to be true

    2) Feedback which doesn't match the item. For instance, if someone sells Beanie Babies and suddenlty has a Harley Davidson or Ferrari listed, it may be a sign of a hijacked eBay account. (In this case the sellers seems to have sold very little on eBay -- he has been a buyer as far as I can tell.)

    3) Payment by Western Union. (An escrow service can be valuable, but eBay has a list of approved ones. There are quite a few scam escrow services.)

    4) Free shipping where it makes no sense. (One "seller" offered to overnight a Harley Davidson from Italy by FedEx at his expense.)

    5) Questions about location. The seller is shown on eBay as being in the U.S., but the item is claimed to be overseas, and the seller is travelling on vacation or a business trip or some such.

    6) The auction is for a valuable car such as a Ferrari, four-wheelers, laptops (Sonys seem to be a favorite), motorcycles, etc.

    None of these proves that a listing is a scam, but all of them together suggests you be prepared to lose your money if you get involved.

    eBay's a great source for lots of things, but the crooks have discovered it as well. "Buyer beware" applies here more than ever.
     
  3. Exoticbro

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  7. kiesan

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    At least he has a sense of humor. The 916 phone # listed in his "showroom" rings through to the state of California dept. of health services...
     
  8. JSL

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    Thought it looked familiar Mario. Martin should be very interested.
    Scott
     

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