Recently, there has been sellers from china who are scammers out there to con people by listing high value items like HDTV plasma TVs, Projectors, PCs, and even High Definition camcoders. Such sellers do not have any of the items and are only trying to scam potential bidders. All they want is your payment via unsecure methods and you will never hear from them again.
You find that these items are going for ridiculuos prices. If the price is too good to be true, then it is too good to be true. Think about it, would anyome sell you for example, a 65 inch High Definiton widescreen Plasma TV for only; say £500. Not a chance. Its all a scam.
A way of spotting these scammers is simple. Look at their feedback, not just the rating but the comments left. Most of these scammers will have ratings of 10 or so. Read the comments and their corresponding items and you will see they have NEVER sold any item of high value. In fact, most of them have never sold any item before. The feedback left are from members all with zero ratings. A very easy scam to spot. Some scammers are even buying ebooks from normal sellers costing 1p each only for the purpose of boosting their feedback score. Again, they are never sold a HDTV or any other item.
Be alert, as some of these scammers are getting smarter by making their feedback private. They also usually have feedback rating around 10 and 100% postive ratings. Never purchased any item of high value, especially from international sellers whom make there feedback private, even if they have 100% positive ratings. Why the private feedback, what have they got to hide.
Most important of all, even though the scammers listing will eventually be removed by ebay due to listing policy breaches, the sellers (or scammers should I say) will contact you by email stating they have packed the goods ready for despatch. In fact they have no goods at all.
THEY WILL DEMAND PAYMENT BY WESTERN UNION OR BANK WIRE TRANSFER. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAKE ANY PAYMENT. ONCE PAYMENT IS MADE, YOU WILL NEVER HEAR FROM THEM AGAIN.
You will find most will never ask payment via paypal or even accept of this method (as you can claim from paypal and you need a credit card or bank account to register with paypal). They choose methods of payment which are both unsecure and unsafe, and most of all, which you will never recover your money from.
I have also noticed that the scammers operating from China usually have their emails ending in 126.com. They appear very friendly in their emails, so beware. To ensure you dont receive their emails, block all emails ending in 126.com.
UPDATE: The majority of these scammers are listing Dell XPS notebooks above any other items. Just type in "Dell XPS" and you'll see what I mean.
Spot a Scam or Scammer from China
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10 August 2006
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