File under: eBay
I recently listed an item for sale on eBay. I was going through my excess electronics and found an item I can sell for a decent price. As I listed the product, little did I know that I’d have a great tale to share with my readers. So here we go.
During the week of the auction I received dozens of fake emails requesting side deals. Example:
I am interested in the purchase of your ____ on ebay .It is to be shipped internationally so i am willing to pay the sum of [___] for it.I Will like it sent to my daughter in West Africa(is it suitable for documentation purposes?) and I will be making the payment via MONEY ORDER by Travelex payments.Kindly get back to me with your name address and two valid email addresses if you are interested and i will proceed with sending the payment immediately.You can send me an email on [___@___]
Several hours prior to the end of the auction, I noticed that the new high bidder was from the UK. He looked reputable (based on feedback) but I had clearly stated that this was a US only auction. I quickly sent him a note telling him of this limitation. just before the end of the auction, I received a legitimate email from eBay entitled “Notice: Administrative Bid Cancellation” informing me that this bidder was actually a fraudulently used account.