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  • gewizmeto gewizmeto Apr 2, 2009 9:19 AM Flag

    Ebay promotes fraud!

    They hide bidder I.D.'s...... You never know who you are bidding could very well be one of the sellers buddies. This does happen.... and ebay promotes this..... naturally, they take in more money from two or more people bidding. Many sellers employ this tactic to get bids started..... they run up bids and then jump off, hoping that other bidders run with it. Buyers have no way of knowing who they are bidding against..... its a sham..... and it makes ebay more money..... this is of course, all in the name of protection and safety.
    Fake bidders make you pay and ebay loves it!

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    • eBay Shopper Says He Was Harassed By Seller
      CSU Student Wants To Return Bike, Gets Recorded Threats
      Jaclyn Allen, 7NEWS Reporter

      POSTED: 8:26 pm MDT May 3, 2009
      UPDATED: 6:32 am MDT May 4, 2009
      FT. COLLINS, Colo -- When Tyler Blackwelder decided to buy his girlfriend a bike on eBay, he never thought it would end with death threats and obscene messages, but he said what he learned should be a warning for others who shop on-line.

      Blackwelder, a graduate student at Colorado State University, had bought a bike before on eBay after he decided to take up road biking.

      “It was new, fast, perfect. It was exactly what I wanted,” he said.

      Happy with his success, he started looking for a bike for his girlfriend and found one listed for $200 from a seller in Arizona.

      “We thought that one looked good because it said ‘brand-new,’ ‘spotless,’ and ‘perfect paint,’” he said. “But when it came, it was definitely not like that.”

      When it came, Blackwelder said, there was a shattered reflector, scratches all over the frame and rocks in the treads.

      “It was clearly, clearly not brand new. ... All I wanted was to get my money back and to get a different bike,” he said.

      He went to eBay and PayPal to file a dispute and got his money back, but that is when he said the phone messages from the seller began.

      The first message he saved on his voicemail: “Don’t you play games with me, goddamn you. I’ll follow you to your grave.”

      Then, after Blackwelder gave the seller negative feedback on eBay, writing “seller threatened my life,” he got another message.

      “My feedback went from 100 percent and went down,” the person leaving the message said. “Do you have any idea in hell what that means for you asshole? Do you have any idea? The rest of your life, you’re f-----.”

      Blackwelder said at first he thought the messages were funny, but then felt concerned about his safety, especially following recent reports of criminals finding victims on other sites.

      “I can’t tell if this guy is a lunatic or if he really wants to come up here and try to set me straight or something,” said Blackwelder.

      So, he said he went to Ft. Collins police twice, but they told him it wasn’t a criminal matter.

      7 News asked Ft. Collins police why no action had been taken.

      “I’ve been told that he did not make a report at the Ft. Collins police department regarding that matter,” said Detective Rex Steele, with the Ft. Collins Police financial crimes unit.

      He said he did not handle the case and couldn’t comment on the specifics, but he said it is not uncommon to hear about on-line threats or fraud.

      “The vast majority of on-line business is successful,” he said, “Any time you do an on-line transaction, you do run the risk of becoming a victim.”

      Meanwhile, Tyler Blackwelder kept looking for help, finally contacting Colorado State University Police.

      “He knew everything about me,” said Blackwelder. “My phone number, my address, my name. ... It’s a little scary.”

      A University spokeswoman said a detective called and left a message for the seller.

      Blackwelder said since then, the phone calls have stopped.

      “I won’t buy off eBay anymore, unless it’s from a company. I’m not going to buy from the individual anymore," said Blackwelder.

      Blackwelder said he believes that eBay gave the seller his phone number, but an eBay spokeswoman said the company never provides phone numbers during the dispute process.

      She also said that E-Bay is making changes in how it resolves disputes, planning to take a more active role in the coming months.

      7 News also contacted the seller in Arizona.

      He told us with his military background, he’s turned “punks” into “young men” with discipline, but that it was never his intention to threaten Blackwelder.

      Ft. Collins police said to be safer shopping on-line, buy locally for face-to-face transactions.

    • Independence police blotter: Man says he was scammed by eBay seller
      Posted by Staff May 09, 2009 05:28AM

      THEFT, BRECKSVILLE ROAD: On April 27, a man came to the police station, saying he was a victim of theft by deception.

      He said that he and his business partner placed a winning bid on eBay for a Rayco 1625 Super Jr. Stump Grinder with 6x10-tilt trailer on March 21. The seller identified himself and gave an address in Syracuse, N.Y., and a phone number.

      The purchase price was $6,100 for the Stump Grinder and $250 for delivery.

      The man wired the money per the seller's instructions. The transaction wasn't successful, so the seller gave another account number. The second time, it went through.

      Following the transaction, the phone number given by the seller stopped working and the seller did not respond to e-mails. Also, the man said the seller resold the same machine on eBay shortly after the failed transaction.

      The officer researched the address, the site for eBay transactions, and the Sycacuse bank and spoke with the Fraud Investigation Department. A request for all records of the Rayco Stump Grinder transactions was faxed to eBay's Law Enforcement Division.

    • Curator arrested for stealing museum property

      (05-09) 17:32 PDT Fortuna, Calif. (AP) --

      Officials say the curator of a local timber and railroad history museum is under arrest on suspicion of stealing museum property and selling the items on eBay.

      City officials and police say 60-year-old Robert Newell, curator of the Fortuna Depot Museum, was arrested on April 24 and charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property.

      Officials did not say what items were taken, but that they were worth "several thousands of dollars." Police say Newell has confessed to the thefts.

      The Humboldt County district attorney reduced Newell's charges to misdemeanors, and he has pleaded not guilty. He has a pretrial hearing May 24.

    • SPAM AWAY! Back to the top!

    • What every bidder needs to know when bidding on ebay. Who is the other bidder????


      RILA survey: Retail crime on rise
      Nation's largest retailers experiencing rise in amateur and professional shoplifting efforts
      Updated: 05-6-2009 9:44 am

      The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today released data from a survey of America's largest retailers, and the survey generally shows a rise in retail crime that the organization says is linked to "an economy in distress."

      The survey, which follows the group's December 2008 Crime Trends Survey, sought to quantify the measured or perceived changes in crimes against retailers over the last four months.

      The survey found that 61 percent of survey respondents said that amateur/opportunistic shoplifting had increased. None of the surveyed retailers said they had seen a decrease in this area of shoplifting.

      But it wasn't just amateur shoplifting crimes that were on the rise. Some 72 percent of respondents said they have seen an increase in organized retail crime (ORC), and 52 percent said they had experienced a rise in financial fraud.

      Paul Jones, vice president of asset protection for RILA, noted that the increase in ORC should set off alarms not only within the retail community, but also within the business and law enforcement community. Organized retail crime typically involves organized groups of criminals operating shoplifting rings which have networks to fence their stolen goods, which may also appear on Internet auction sites like eBay, as well as at flea markets.

      "These trends confirm that retail criminals are seeking to capitalize on the current economic climate to expand their activities," said Jones. "Their resulting ability to fund other crimes should be a concern to everyone."

      Participating in the RILA survey were 32 of the nation's largest retailers across all categories: grocery, mass merchant, apparel, electronics/appliances, fabric/craft, and specialty stores.

    • This hgeer wun iz very funnee!
      It wuz a man sellin stolen purses on ebait!

      Baggage handlers busted in Portland airport theft ring

      The part thets funne iz that sumwun sayed
      "one of the larger theft rings"

      Haw Haw Haw! Thay dooh knot no much abowt ebait! Do thay!???

    • Can't control this message!
      Up front and center.....

    • Back to the top! I enjoy watching Toolfool work, spaming to page 2.
      Now get back to work! LOL

    • No other auction site hides bidder ID's??? Just another ebay Scam!

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