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Scam 'Bay Listings?

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I could have sworn I saw a thread on here about scam listings. Couldn't find it, so I'm starting a new one.

I just saw a listing for thirteen 1990s Revell/AMT kits, all of american subjects, for sale for a "buy it now" of about $24 bucks, with free shipping.

Location: China

Riiiight.

Just a reminder, practice safe shopping; don't click "buy it now" and fund these jerks!

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Chris that was I that made that post about eBay scams. Right here is the original post....

What I've been doing lately when I see a bogus auction is simply report it. Just for fun, I'll "watch" the auction and usually within a half hour or so ZAP!!.......it's gone! ;)

There was one bogus auction I was watching.......I think it was for the big scale Monogram '32 Ford that was being offered at a "real cheap" price with free shipping. Unfortunately, I had reported that one, but I saw later on that it was "sold". Oh well--------the poor sap has to find out the hard way that "if it sounds too good to be true, then it is".

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Unfortunately there are always bottom feeders looking to cheat people. 

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Chris that was I that made that post about eBay scams. Right here is the original post....

What I've been doing lately when I see a bogus auction is simply report it. Just for fun, I'll "watch" the auction and usually within a half hour or so ZAP!!.......it's gone! ;)

There was one bogus auction I was watching.......I think it was for the big scale Monogram '32 Ford that was being offered at a "real cheap" price with free shipping. Unfortunately, I had reported that one, but I saw later on that it was "sold". Oh well--------the poor sap has to find out the hard way that "if it sounds too good to be true, then it is".

If you're talking about the Monogram 32 Ford Sport Coupe auction, that was me that got duped. I'll fully admit it

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This was another one offered just couple days ago Craig.........I remember your post about what happened. 

Sorry that happened to you! These guys are ruthless, and they keep on tryin'! :(

 

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Well I'll be darned! I remember that auction (It was legit) as I BID on that one and lost by a few dollars. I did eventually get one nearly identical to the one linked (legit seller). They're different cars though as the one I got had a very minor chip in the roof (easily fixed) and the pics were slightly different.

In fact, here's the auction I won here.

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Strange Ebay handles, "0" feedback and a China location,  along with great "buy it now " with free shipping on high dollar kits are common place of late. I wonder if it has invaded other types of auctions on Ebay like toys or sporting goods etc..

 

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Strange Ebay handles, "0" feedback and a China location,  along with great "buy it now " with free shipping on high dollar kits are common place of late. I wonder if it has invaded other types of auctions on Ebay like toys or sporting goods etc..

 

Ken, no doubt that's what probably happening. I happened to notice the vintage section of models on eBay as that's what I cruise through the most. I don't know how eBay handles this 'cept to say that one may need to "certify' that they're not a "bot" or something? 

Seems like it's more than them trying to dupe folks into buying a fake auction............sounds more like an underhanded attempt at identity theft.

Just a thought..........

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I check the vintage also Bill, usually starting on newly listed buy it now and searching from that point, right now there is a vintage lot of builders listed today for buy it now 26.95 or best offer with free shipping from China with the typical seller info cm66307800063-5 (0 .. they do try:D

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I always limit my  ebay activity to USA only. Overseas predators and criminals eliminated. Never had any problems since I started doing that and I have been using  the 'bay for about 20 years.

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I hadn't noticed this going on until I saw these two threads. I now see them every week. Every one from China with free shipping. Every one is hundreds of dollars worth of models or Resin parts for less than $30. Every one has 0 feedback. Every one is "But-it-Now." My question is this: what is the motive? It seems like a lot for just $25 or so. I realize that they will receive your name and address, but what other info can they get? I've sold on Ebay before, and I don't think that I had access to any information regarding the buyer. Is there some way they are able to access your info for a larger payoff, or is this simply several $25 scams?

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I have a BETTER rule !!!! I don't use "Scam Bay or Krack list " at any time " .......

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I hadn't noticed this going on until I saw these two threads. I now see them every week. Every one from China with free shipping. Every one is hundreds of dollars worth of models or Resin parts for less than $30. Every one has 0 feedback. Every one is "But-it-Now." My question is this: what is the motive? It seems like a lot for just $25 or so. I realize that they will receive your name and address, but what other info can they get? I've sold on Ebay before, and I don't think that I had access to any information regarding the buyer. Is there some way they are able to access your info for a larger payoff, or is this simply several $25 scams?

I was wondering the same thing. What do they gain frm the scam?  The payment I'm sure is refunded to the buyer (by either PayPal or eBay) but they do have the buyer's address. But what good is that for them?

 

BTW, I reported one of these scam listings last night - it is already gone.

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It sure is funny how so many of us know about it and i'm sure many have reported it but Ebay hasn't done anything about it!

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It sure is funny how so many of us know about it and i'm sure many have reported it but Ebay hasn't done anything about it!

They are constantly doing something about it: they delete the bogus listings and probably delete the user account that created the listing. But the scammers just create new user and new listings.  it goes on and on.

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They are constantly doing something about it: they delete the bogus listings and probably delete the user account that created the listing. But the scammers just create new user and new listings.  it goes on and on.

I mean, they need to come up with something that keeps them from making another account. Verification systems, etc. 

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It sure is funny how so many of us know about it and i'm sure many have reported it but Ebay hasn't done anything about it!

E Bay has a litany of Fake Service station signs and vendors who are re popping this junk in Argentina . I refuse under any circumstances to fool with sings now as a result ...

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I'm thinking someone must have written a program that strips photos and descriptions from listings, automatically creates user profiles (hence the profile made up of strings of numbers), populates new listings with the "borrowed" photos and text, and offers the "item" for sale for a low price and free shipping. Heck, they could probably even pay some mouth-breathers to do that work.

Then, if they are doing this across a wide enough swath of product categories, they could potentially reel in enough suckers that they'd make hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per day. And they're pretty much untouchable because they're overseas. Nice!

You really have to be careful these days. If it looks too good to be true...well, it probably is.

 

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There's a lot more going on that that! 

I recently read about there being investigations that ISIS is using eBay auctions and Paypal to funnel money to pay small factions in different parts of the world.  One was an eBay seller pretending to sell printers,  with ISIS funds coming to him one sale at a time to avoid detection...    scary stuff!

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There's a lot more going on that that! 

I recently read about there being investigations that ISIS is using eBay auctions and Paypal to funnel money to pay small factions in different parts of the world.  One was an eBay seller pretending to sell printers,  with ISIS funds coming to him one sale at a time to avoid detection...    scary stuff!

Maybe that explains this listing: "4 Tires Goodyear Hi Miler 16.5 Ford F350 Truck 2WD 1:25 AMT Model Pickup U"   that is listed for $10,000.00 +Free Shipping or Best Offer. What a deal!!:D

This was for the tires only! This is the same seller that listed a 1:25 Dodge truck grill for $9,999.00. I missed out on that one too!:(

Maybe not ISIS, but interesting to say the least.

On another note, I have gotten a lot of great deals on Ebay, and have never been taken. I have also made some good sells on Ebay as well. I like Ebay. Most of my kits have come by way of Ebay. When buying, I try to check the location of the item and the feedback of the seller.

I'm glad that these scams have been pointed out by you guys. I have learned a few things to look for when buying on Ebay from this very forum. Thanks!

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This isn't exactly the same thing, but something I've noticed on the UK Ebay site is there are a lot of current Revell/Monogram models at insane prices, all of which are listed by sellers stating their location as "UK" with a contact address in Israel.   Hard to believe they sell any at these prices, so one wonders what's behind it and why they choose to list them on the UK site in Pounds.  For example, same Willys kit at $80 - 110 from three Ebay IDs with Israeli contact info:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Revell-Monogram-1-25-Scale-1941-Willys-Pickup-Plastic-Model-Kit-/292196213653

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Revell-Monogram-1-25-Scale-1941-Willys-Pickup-Plastic-Model-Kit-/202019187229

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Revell-Monogram-1-25-Scale-1941-Willys-Pickup-Plastic-Model-Kit-/322285299509

 

 

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Now this is interesting...from a person who worked in China for 15 years:

"In almost all cases Chinese scammers are individuals. China still maintains the DEATH PENALTY FOR FRAUD so in most cases of foreigners being scammed of money it is very unlikely that a company is involved...

First off, no legitimate supplier in China is going to accept payment via Paypal. Most will not have ever heard of Paypal and even those that may have heard of it will not use it as it can be difficult for them to set up in China and also unnecessary for them as they do plenty of business with the standard payment method of bank transfer so will have no interest in Paypal."

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Scammers-in-China-protecting-yourself-from-ripoffs-/10000000020060921/g.html

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For me its simple. 

If it's out of the country.....i don't bid. 

 

My only exception is Canada. Even then it has to be something I absolutly can not find anywhere else.

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This just happened to me for a book I wanted titled FRICTION.  A new book about marketing and brand names. The seller was selling two copies for what others wanted for one.  I bought only to read others feedback about getting screwed.  I got my money back and purchased from another seller.

Edited by Greg Wann

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