Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sequim, Washington
Beware of ebay scams
I used to follow and report Goldwing scams on ebay, and probably turned in hundreds of them. Eventually ebay changed something, so the scams are not as prevalent as they used to be. But, you'll still find them in all categories of high-end items - bikes, cars, tractors, etc. Most of the crooks listing this stuff are not even in this country and have never owned the items they list. Some things to watch out for -
1. If the price sounds too good to be true.... well, you know how it goes.
2. If you are not able to inspect the item. Most crooks say is packed for shipping, they are overseas, etc., etc. If they tell me it's in Chicago, I tell them I have a cousin who lives nearby and can drop by and inspect and pay. That's usually when they come back with the "packed and sealed" BS.
3. If they want you to send the money via Western Union, and tell you that the transaction is guaranteed by ebay, or something similar. You will receive an official looking email, claiming to be from ebay, asking for the wire transfer number, and stating that the number will NOT be given to the Seller until you have received the item and are satisfied. But, guess what? THEY (the scammer) sent you the email and once he has the number, he can claim the funds ANYWHERE in the world!
I hate thieves and scammers! Hopefully this advice will keep someone from losing their money.