eBay scams - what happens when you contact them

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  1. Sidney

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    It can be interesting to know how a scammer (or thief) operates. So I sent a message to a scammer advertising a 2010 VW T5 Transporter for £5,400 via a classified ad on eBay.

    This could be revealing or dull...
     
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  2. Sidney

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    1st stage.

    I sent a message via ebay asking how I can buy the vehicle. You need to provide a phone number.
     
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    My mobile rings but I missed the call.

    I was called from a landline starting 0161 (Manchester)
     
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    Immediately afterward I get a text message...

    If you still want the TRANSPORTER T5 for 5,400 e-mail me at: transporter5@ bkmpo.com

    Oddly the text message is shown to come from "sarahsale2" rather than a mobile number.
     
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    If you are willing to spend your time and money on this, print everything out, keep all mobile messages and pass them on to the police.

    there are so many scammers out there who are so hard to trace.

    Ive been receiving harrassment calls from apparently cuba????? I know why they are phoning but they are supposedly being very clever in rerouting the calls, unfortunately the police havent the time or facilities to investigate what appears to be international crime.

    As for the mobile phone companies dont expect any help from them either.

    Good luck in scamming the scammer xxxx
     
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    I send an email...

    Where is the van? Can I see it?

    Incidentally the domain bkmpo.com does not forward to a webpage and the registered owner is not shown on whosis lookups because they have paid to keep this information private.
     
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    Reply received...

    Hello.
    The vw transporter is still for sale. Immaculate condition, no damages, nothing to worry about. All necessary documents available. My current location is Scotland due to my work commitments. If this is going to be a quick sale, I will let it go for £5,400 delivered at my costs.
    The deal will go strictly according to eBay Buyer Protection rules and policy.
    Thank you

    Sarah
     
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    I ask...

    Okay what next?
     
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    I receive a reply...

    To start the official transaction. I need to know your delivery information. As soon as I have them I'll start the official procedure, and eBay will send further instructions including payment and delivery times.

    I gave them a spurious address to get the ball rolling. I'd imagine I will shortly receive a bogus email from eBay telling me how to pay £5,400 into the fraudsters account.
     
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    She promised to sell me MY HYMER..........................The Bitch

    Hope Terry is monitoring this.............
     
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    Haha! And all in 'un-english' ... typical. :thumb:

    ('no damages' etc ...)
     
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    Yup sure enough in came three email from eBay; an invoice, a this-transaction-is-guaranteed-safe-by-eBay and some other crap from eBay customer support.

    If you were daft you could send £5,400 to someone via BACS. Sadly there plenty of daft people :Doh:

    eBay should spend time closing the holes through which gullible (but innocent) people will loose their money.
     
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    Thanks for taking the time............

    I did the same about 18 months ago - same reason "I'm in Scotland, will deliver free" contacted by email, then phone, then 'Ebay' invoice asking me to forward the money to a bank account in Barcelona:Eeek:

    Well done to those still taking the trouble to report back to Ebay, I got fed up and stopped reporting scams after I bought my 'new' van.

    Would never buy any expensive item off Ebay without actually seeing the item.

    Bought my van after seeing it in an Ebay classified, after seeing it at the sellers home, driving it, checking documents and HPI check - terrific van at a good price
    :thumb:
     
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    Ahhhh......but ..........

    The email invoice does not come from eBay.

    If it came from eBay.......

    You would have a copy of it in "my messages"

    Check your messages and you will not find a copy in there.
    The bogus invoice comes from the scammer:Smile:

    The scam invoice will have his bank details on.......

    Post them on here and I am sure the details will be forwarded to the fraud office
     
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    Someone got scammed like this but as a 'second chance offer' - the scammer contacted them after the sale finished and somehow had all their details and all the above arrived in their inbox unasked.

    They fell for it to the tune of £3,000 - foolish yes, once again heart overuled common sense and brain.

    How do these people get full address and all information out of ebay when it hadn't been given to them by the scammed? Apparently had address, telephone number the works and that just from a bid entered?
     
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    Once you reply to them using my messages.........

    I think that is when they get your details.

     
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    Or could be they have connection on the inside?
     
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    Morning all, yes I have seen it this morning , not midnight last night :BigGrin:
    As Lesley says post name and bank details :thumb: we have members who will pass details to relivent people etc,
    Terry
     
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    Yeah sorry I should have explained it is easy to create an email address that appears to be from somewhere else. Of course the email was not from ebay it was from ebay-checkout.co.uk@hush.ai.

    Ten seconds is all it takes to create an email that looks like it was from the Queen of Sheba or Barack Obama
     
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    Ha Ha - scammers can't get the staff!!!

    I just noticed the "invoice" from "ebay" is wrong.

    I'm supposed to be buying a VW T5 Transporter

    But the invoice is for a Eriba Troll 2006 caravan! :Doh:
     
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