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How can I beat eBay scammers?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wryel, 7 Feb 2006.

  1. Wryel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,663

    This is really annonying, cause even if I don't fall for it my auction is ruined: The scammers make a stupidly high bid right at the end and proceed to start asking for the item to be sent to Nigeria. Now of course I told them where to go, but now I'm about to re-auction the item after 2nd chance failed, I'm worried its going to happen again! How can I stop these muppets bidding on my stuff?
     
  2. Ripper

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Jan 2003

    Posts: 11,395

    Location: Newark, Notts

    i dont get what these people gain from this apart from being utter *****.

    as a solution to your problem the only way to help really is by setting it so that only people from the UK can bid, and that they must have a paypal account and positive feedback.

    Language.

    Otacon
     
  3. Brynn

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 14 Jan 2005

    Posts: 60,712

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    If you cant beat them, join them!


    just kidding, what I do is always use paypal
     
  4. Greenlizard0

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 15 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,189

    Location: Liverpool

    Aye as ripper^ says, make sure that people only in the uk bid for it, that helped me out a lot!
     
  5. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    The sad thing is that they wouldn't do it if it didn't work. Someone somewhere is making money off it, and the real twits are those that fall for it.

    Your advice on avoiding it is good though.
     
  6. pyro

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2002

    Posts: 16,167

    With a stick?
     
  7. Wryel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,663

    I've set it to UK only, but it didn't stop the fools from bidding: 'I do live in UK but am in Nigeria at the minute it is a present for my fiancee......' Shut up. Now.
     
  8. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    Buy yourself one of those cheap simcards.
    Then in your auction tell all that Bids will only be accepted after you have spoken to the person on the phone.
    This can be used to reassure the Buyer as well as the seller.
    Any bids you dont like can be blocked saying no phone call no bid. Job done.
    Odviously use the cheap sim card number in your add and rinse and repeat every 3 months.
     
  9. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Tell them not bid and if they do give them bad feedback.
    Then email ebay and they cancel any negative feedback that they give.

    I did it once but some idiot wanted me to post to australia!
     
  10. dirtydog

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Essex

    :confused: no they don't.
     
  11. Wryel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,663

    The one from the other day already had his eBay account closed.

    Would be nice if it was a little more dificult to register with eBay instead of totally instant.
     
  12. dirtydog

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    Swings and roundabouts. If you make it harder for people to register then you'll have less potential customers.

    Set up your auctions so that only paypal account holders can bid, as well as making it UK only, no negative feedback etc. That should cut out most of the nuisance bidders. Also I personally don't accept 0 feedback bidders either unless they email me first.
     
  13. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

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    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Well they did it to me after a friend of mine told me I was able to do it.
     
  14. dirtydog

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    9 times out of 10 ebay will not remove feedback. It's dangerous advice to give someone to leave a negative and then email ebay to ask them to remove retaliatory negs.
     
  15. zain

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Jun 2005

    Posts: 3,773

    You could pre approve bids, im sure I saw that option somewhere. A simple way is to check the auction regularly and remove the bidders and report them to ebay.
     
  16. CLAWS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,416

    Location: West Midlands

    How exactly does this scam work?

    /thickmode
     
  17. Paulj

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Mar 2005

    Posts: 212

    Wouldn't YOOOU like to know ;)
     
  18. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    They wire the money, you send the goods, their payment bounces.

    Or they use a dodgy escrow service.

    Or they hold your dog to ransom.

    Or they pee in your shoes.

    Or they hide all your left socks.

    Some, all or none of the above are genuine scamming methods.
     
  19. CLAWS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,416

    Location: West Midlands

    :p Blimey, people do go to extremes ;)

    With regards to the payment bouncing, is there no way of sending the goods once the payment has been received and cleared?

    Sorry for being thick folks but....... :rolleyes:
     
  20. Wryel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,663

    Or they send you the cash, you send the item, they say they haven't got it which you can't prove (cause its in Nigeria), they kick up a fuss and get a refund.