Buying expensive electronic equipment safely.
Ok, i have bought and sold numerous items of expensive
electrical hi tech equipment in particular
laptops and mobile phones.
I have come accross several scams currently being allowed to run
by ebay and would like to share what to look for,
in order to easily spot them and avoid being ripped off.
The circle feedback scam.
This one is becoming more and more popular.
Several ebayers or one with several accounts, get together
and list fake items for their friends to buy.
They then leave each other feedback therefore making
themselves look respectable ebayers as both buyers and
in particular as sellers.
They then list high end equipment at what seems like bargain
Ive seen a lot of these items coming from sellers with feedback like this
and originating in Hong Kong.
Its easy to spot, look at their feedback and click on a few
item numbers on the left.
The items dont even look like proper items sometimes lol.
If youve been a member for a while im sure youve been a recipient
of a spoof email or two.
These are basically emails supposedly from ebay or paypal.
These contain allsorts of things including requests for info, payments,
feedback requests, item disputes, in fact the lot.
They all, however contain links which require you to log into
These log ins though are not at an ebay secure site but at a
copy of an ebay site where they can log your details.
There you have it, they now have access to your ebay account and can
use your good feedback as reputation for their dodgy buying and selling.
This appears to be happening a lot with american accounts
and i have since removed america from my 'will post to' list
when im selling.
They will bid ridiculous amounts on your items in order to win it
and then send you fake email reciepts for payment from paypal,
western union etc.
NEVER use western union.
ALWAYS check your paypal account from a proper link
or type w w w . paypal . co . uk (remove spaces) into your browser
to check if you have recieved payments.
remember, a bargain is great yes, but is it better to lose out
on large amounts of cash, or is it good practise to take the time to check
it out and maybe miss the bargain?
There will always be another bargain.
I in no way mean to say all hong komg or american based buyers
and sellers are fraudsters, i merely mean to point out the
prevelence of these cons in those countries.
It does happen all over the world.
It is also easy to spot, so why dont they stop it????
Thanks hope this helps