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An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 06, 2017 04:27PM
I fell for this one twice and I probably would continue to fall for it if this jerks changed his routine a bit.

Here's the listing:

[www.ebay.com]

To those that say that they can easily spot this scam because it's clearly too good to be true, I say you failed. I've seen so many deals better than this that do in fact turn out to be true. This one isn't.

It's got that look that I just love when buying macs... the look of a person that doesn't quite know what they have or how much it's worth - they're just putting it up there to clear it out and pricing it at nice round number.

The seller isn't selling anything else - no clue there. No previous sales. No feedback...

but here is how you can tell 100% that it's a scam - do a search of the exact title for completed listings ebay-wide and you'll see that this listing (priced at $500) actually sold for over $1200 last week. The listing was simply lifted (pics and all) and relisted with a bogus account.
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: April 06, 2017 04:41PM
Well, the fact that the description mentions a screen would tell me to click the back arrow, scam or not.
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 06, 2017 04:43PM
So what's the problem if ebay such a safe place to buy things from?



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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 06, 2017 04:56PM
The seller has a feedback rating of zero.
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: April 06, 2017 05:02PM
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hal
I fell for this one twice and I probably would continue to fall for it if this jerks changed his routine a bit.

No need to worry, after you fall for it a few more times, the fraudster will probably block you from bidding/buying.

I've "bought" so many Canon 500mm and 600mm lenses that both of my eBay accounts are blocked by the fraudsters. It's now a surefire way for me to tell if a listing is fraudulent or not.

eBay refunded me in every case, but every so often, they'd forget to reverse my eBay Bucks, so I actually "made" money on a few of my "purchases".
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 06, 2017 05:06PM
haha Gareth! At least they're not THAT familiar with me...

"The seller has a feedback rating of zero. "

very observant... some of the best deals ever come from such accounts
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: tenders
Date: April 06, 2017 07:13PM
My practical limit for a zero feedback seller would be about $10.

My actual maximum for a zero feedback seller has been exactly $0.
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Re: An ebay lesson - how can you verify that this listing is a scam?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 06, 2017 07:41PM
Maybe I'm just paranoid but whenever I see zero feedback with a single number at the end of the user name (in this case preceded by an underscore) I automatically get suspicious. This is in addition to the normal doubt from a zero feedback user.

Anyway, good advice about searching for the exact title in completed listings. Thanks.



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