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2004/10/18-19 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/Companies/Ebay] UID:34197 Activity:low
10/18   Has anyone been a victim of ebay fraud?
        \_ Yes, although it was for shipping costs rather than the full
           price of the item.  Sold $600 of records to a buyer in the UK.
           Shipping was over $200.  He sent me a "FedEx id number" that the
           FedEx driver accepted, but which later turned out to be fraudulent.
           I was later charged the full amount for shipping and threatened with
           collections if I did not pay up.  The buyer disappeared, and since
           I had already given him "good feedback" for his payment of the
           goods cost, I couldn't ding him through the feedback system.
           Ebay was COMPLETELY unresponsive on this issue, and I have heard
           *very bad things* about their response to fraud issues.
           \_ If I were selling $600 stuff on ebay, I'd have required buyers
              w/ excellent feedbacks only.  What was that guys's feedback?
              \_ Uniformly excellent.
                 \_ Isn't this a special case of the 'collusion problem'
                    Google's trying to solve?  -- ilyas
                    \_ Not necessarily.  This guy got ripped off but has
                       now joined the others who gave positive feedback.
                       \_ Right.  Lesson learned: don't give any feedback
                          until ALL costs are sorted out, and never believe
                          that a FedEx or UPS account number is real until
                          double checking. --ripped off guy.
           \_ Is there some credit-reporting agency in the UK you can talk to
              to shit all over this guy's credit?
        \_ I have. Bought an item and similar (but less valuable) item was
           shipped in return. I took it as a loss. I had very many good
           experiences also, but I am thinking fraud is more common now
           than it was when I used eBay more heavily (5-6 years ago).
        \_ I was indirectly.  A company I briefly worked for had a service
           where you could buy a money order with a credit card and have it
           mailed to a purchaser (to allow eBay buyers to pay with a money
           order).  When I heard about this my immediate reaction was something
           like "Um, isn't this a huge risk?".  The next month we lost $5000 in
           charge-backs from people who didn't get their purchases.  They all
           bought from the same seller who did good business for 4 years and
           then moved to Turkey.  Oh yeah, when I heard about this I looked at
           the seller's address and recognized it as the International House.
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