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ATTN: Community action needed to combat EBAY Scammers.......(6 posts)

ATTN: Community action needed to combat EBAY Scammers.......Spunout
Mar 26, 2003 9:40 AM
We're reading alot of reports of scam auctions lately. What can we do? It certainly puts a bad light on the bicycle market. As someone who has purchased a frame from EBay and may do so again or sell in the future, I would like to protect my/our reputation.

When I see the obvious fake auction, I have e-mailed the bidders to advise them of the problems. I have had many relieved responses after the bidder didn't get responses from the sellers, etc.

So, we can post and laugh at the silly auctions, but why not send a little note to the high bidder? Private auctions cause problems, as well as sellers bidding up their own auctions. But, if I save a few people from a bad experience, doesn't that help us all out in the end?

Another option is to notify EBay that the auction is an obvious fake. Someone throw me a bone here and provide the link. Funny thing is that EBay makes it kind of tough to find the link, I guess they don't publicly admit abuse of the system.

Keep at it, you know I will.

eBay is as safe as you make it.Ken of Fresno
Mar 26, 2003 10:02 AM
If you only buy from sellers with a high positive feedback rating you should be fine. The only problem I have ever had with an ebay auction was from a seller with a feedback rating of 0. I emailed the seller, and got pretty poor answers to my questions. I took a chance anyway. The seller tried to take my $300 and run. Got Sure trade involved and threatened legal action, months later, finally got my item. Wasn't nearly as good as advertised, but at least I didn't get stuck. The point is, watch for signs of possible fraud, and, if in doubt, ask the seller a lot of questions.

Those fraudulent sellers have to pay to list their phony auctions, so if people would wise up and quit bidding on suspect auctions those loosers would go away.

EBAY STOLEN AND FISHY GOODS LINK!!!!!!shamelessgearwhore
Mar 26, 2003 10:16 AM

If people who see these fakes report them they will be kicked off. Right here is obviously the best community for monitoring this kind of activity. If everyone here today took 2 minutes and filled out this form. This turd will be out of business tomorrow.
Direct linkDERICK
Mar 26, 2003 10:40 AM

This will take you to the page to report scams. Just go to the bottom of the page and click "contact support" button. It will ask you to log on then you can e-mail concerning the auction. Be sure to have the auctoin # ready.
Another direct e-maildavet
Mar 27, 2003 9:18 AM
I have reported many of what I thought were fraudulent auctions here:

If you find what you believe is a fraudulent auction, cut and paste the auction number and insert in your e-mail.
Is it possible...biknben
Mar 26, 2003 2:02 PM
I saw a couple weeks ago someone with a user name of "seller's a fraud" post a really high bid on an obvious scam. I thought this was a great idea.

Is it possible to create a second user name for just these cases? Then just overbid on scams so that other bidders will look elsewhere?

It sounds like a good idea and gets right to the point. No need to notify Ebay and wait for them to take action.

Any opinions on this?