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Although eBay is still the best auction site in the Philippines, eBay is still in its infancy stage here and more safeguards must be implemented to protect its members. Every time I visit eBay’s discussion board, I’m disheartened to find threads, where eBay members ask for help or ranting about being scammed.
A few months back, I posted an entry about the 13 red flags of a fraudulent eBay transaction. Courtesy of eBay members jenny_lake and silverstrad, they listed down possible red flags that eBay members should know.
Now, there’s a new thread in eBay’s discussion board, courtesy of vigilant eBay members and spearheaded by hananim012. You will find a discussion of auction postings that are potentially fraudulent.
I encourage everyone to regularly visit the Scam Patrol thread to ensure that you are entering into a legitimate transaction. And if you see fraudulent listings in eBay, please do your part and share it with the rest of the eBay Ph community. Every voice counts.
I have been a member of eBay—both as seller and buyer—for more than three years. I have been very fortunate that I have never been scammed. Truth be told, I have spent several thousands of pesos buying Archie comics outside of eBay but this is an exception because the seller inu_mktg turned out to be a very trustworthy person.
But others are not as lucky. In the discussion board of eBay Philippines, I always see threads warning others of scammers or desperately looking for a way to retrieve their hard-earned money. It’s always the same. Seller has low feedback scores, offers gadgets at dirt-cheap prices, and provides limited payment options.
I do my part in helping the eBay community be rid of scammers (and joybidders). Whether you’re an experienced eBayer, it’s still best to refresh yourself with the 13 red flags to warn a bidder of a fraudulent transaction. Credit is due to eBayers jenny_lake and silverstrad, who compiled and edited these materials. For a detailed explanation, please check this link.
Most people who are defrauded are victims of their own greed. When a transaction appears to be too good to be true, it likely is. Application of common sense can preserve your money.
1. A popular item is offered for a price which seems too good to be true
2. An ‘off-eBay’ transaction is conducted through email
3. Payment options provide little or no security for the buyer
4. Misleading claims of transaction security or buyer protection
5. Item is no longer listed on eBay
6. Item is listed on Craiglist or similar
7. Item is listed on a hijacked account
8. Escrow other than escrow.com is used
9. A fraudulent Second Chance Offer is sent
10. The seller’s location may be a clue to a fraudulent transaction (China, India, Nigeria, etc)
11. Free shipping from a distant country
12. No photo or stock photos are used
13. The bidder needs to be pre-approved or the item is listed in a private auction
To report a suspected fraudulent auction, go to the ‘Contact Us’ web form here:
Final word: Don’t be a victim of your own greed and be blinded by cheap prices. Practice common sense always. If it’s too good to be true, it must be. Let’s help keep eBay clean and safe.