Warning to those who sell electronics (especially computers)

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jadzia1182
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23 May 06 10:42:02 pm
I thought I'd pass along a warning to people who sell on ebay. I know this happens because it's happened several times to my sister, same thing happening every time... (it happened three times with the same laptop that she was trying to sell)

A 'new' ebayer will bid on a computer (and some other electronics), bidding unbelievably high amounts. They claim they live in the US (the address and phone number are fake and half the time the area code of the phone number doesn't match the location of the address). They want you to send the computer to a country other than the US, claiming its a gift for someone. They fake paypal payment emails to the seller, in the hopes that the seller will just assume that the item is paid for. Some will even offer their preferred shipper's account and offer to schedule a pick up. This way, you don't need to access your paypal account to withdrawl the money for shipping.

Usually, within hours sometimes days, this user is no longer a member of ebay, and if you ship out the computer, you've just lost a lot of money.

My sister had this happen three times with her laptop that she was trying to sell. What tipped her off is that the supposed American wanted her to ship the laptop to Nigeria... which seems to be scam central these days. Thankfully, she looked into things before agreeing, and when she emailed the guy about how fishy everything seemed, he disappeared from ebay and stopped answering emails.

In short... Be wary of anyone bidding an outrageous amount for your item... Be wary of anyone who wants the product shipped out of country. Always check your paypal account directly to make sure you've received your money. And if things don't seem right, do a little investigating.

Hope this helps keep someone from getting taken.

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toffee
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24 May 06 12:17:09 am
Hi,

If someone continues to do this you can set up buyer preferences in the 'My eBay' area. After logging on to 'My eBay' click Preferences under the account tab and you will see what I mean.

There are lots of criteria you can set to 'block' bidders, including setting countries other than that which you have stated you will ship to; bidders with negative feedback and even buyers without a Paypal account.

Have a look and see what you think. It certainly makes the selling process a little safer, if not entirely foolproof.

Regards.

toffee

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jadzia1182
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24 May 06 12:47:45 am
toffee -

I have employed most of those measures myself. I think the only one my sister didn't employ was the paypal acct mandatory. But the guy registered with a fake US address then asked her after winning to ship internationally, which she stated in her auction she would not do. So the guy appeared to ebay to be a US resident, and could bid on her auctions.

She just kept reporting these people to ebay. And refused to sell to them. Took her 4 listings but she finally sold the laptop to someone legit.

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christianmartin05
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24 May 06 06:07:56 pm
Ebay should provide a 'confirming adress' option! ha?

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