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    Ebay 4x4 scam

    Hi

    I thought I would bring to your attention an eBay scam we have just witnessed. My Dad was selling his Land cruiser and placed it for auction on eBay which reached a colossal amount within days. What we have come to realise is that there were two fake accounts pushing the bidding up to an amount that was unrealistic, once the auction ended obviously then the top bid was unable to be contacted and the ”second chance” bid was prepared to offer a significantly discounted price.... we have since had an another bidder contact us to offer us another discounted price and ebay have confirmed that the telephone numbers match up with the top bidders account......

    We have had this chap turn up this evening which stated that he came from 45mins away ( a quick google search on his number proved he came from 3hrs away) he turned up 3 hrs later and tried to reduce the price even further, to which he was told to p@$$ off.
    The conclusion we have reached is that the scam is to bring the price up to an amount which is beyond the price range of normal bidders then to approach the sellers after the auction to attempt to take the vehicle of their hands for a reduced rate.

    Just a heads up for people that sell high ticket 4x4’s.!


    Hope this helps some people out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PointBlank View Post
    Hi

    I thought I would bring to your attention an eBay scam we have just witnessed. My Dad was selling his Land cruiser and placed it for auction on eBay which reached a colossal amount within days. What we have come to realise is that there were two fake accounts pushing the bidding up to an amount that was unrealistic, once the auction ended obviously then the top bid was unable to be contacted and the ”second chance” bid was prepared to offer a significantly discounted price.... we have since had an another bidder contact us to offer us another discounted price and ebay have confirmed that the telephone numbers match up with the top bidders account......

    We have had this chap turn up this evening which stated that he came from 45mins away ( a quick google search on his number proved he came from 3hrs away) he turned up 3 hrs later and tried to reduce the price even further, to which he was told to p@$$ off.
    The conclusion we have reached is that the scam is to bring the price up to an amount which is beyond the price range of normal bidders then to approach the sellers after the auction to attempt to take the vehicle of their hands for a reduced rate.

    Just a heads up for people that sell high ticket 4x4’s.!


    Hope this helps some people out there!
    C**** !

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    Or they turn up and give you fake cash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    Or they turn up and give you fake cash?
    good possibility, but they were obvious dealers and were only prepared to give what it was worth (but we were already pre-warned and armed). The point is it makes a mockery of the auction system on ebay

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    Thanks for the heads up--it's a dodgy business this auction set-up!! Useful to know some of the pit-falls/scams.
    Cheers, Pete

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    Also watch out if they turn up en-masse. I've had four blokes turn up and try and tell me that the head gasket was gone, and that they'd offer me 1/4 the price. They even went to the trouble of pouring oil in the coolant bottle while I wasn't looking. Sadly for them I knew it was clean because I'd checked it earlier on. They then tried to pressure me to give them money for the fuel they'd spent coming to see the truck. They were told to f##k off in no uncertain terms! It's amazing what people will try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_hooks View Post
    Also watch out if they turn up en-masse. I've had four blokes turn up and try and tell me that the head gasket was gone, and that they'd offer me 1/4 the price. They even went to the trouble of pouring oil in the coolant bottle while I wasn't looking. Sadly for them I knew it was clean because I'd checked it earlier on. They then tried to pressure me to give them money for the fuel they'd spent coming to see the truck. They were told to f##k off in no uncertain terms! It's amazing what people will try.
    Sounds familiar. Weren't from Devon were they? I told them pay the price or f==k off too and went in my house.

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    So what are ebay doing about this?

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    Since evilbay decided to hide bidders identity in general this has helped the scammers and shills no end.
    Evilbay will 'help' but in reality do nothing as they are only interested in their own revenue stream - been there got burned!
    I personally try to avoid selling anything with them as seller has no 'protection'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    So what are ebay doing about this?
    They have deleted the offending accounts but that doesn't stop them opening up new fake ones.

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