How to avoid eBay scams and frauds


Though this has not started in India yet, but eBay scams and frauds are common in US. Some smart moves and you can surely avoid yourself from falling in a Trap.

I been purchasing costly items online  and some times very cheap also. Some of my trusted websites are : ( I use Dubai address ) ( Shipped in Korea )

I never had trust on ebay, I do not know why, one possible reason may be Sellers credibility.

What are common scams :

  • Items received damage – very common scam, this is done to receive two items at the cost of one
  • Delivery to some other address – some times stolen CC may be used
  • If some one wants to deal outside of eBay – To avoid fees of eBay, but in most of cases its a fraud
  • If payment mode is only DD or Cash , before supply – Supplier will encash and may not supply
  • Counterfeit Items – This is another scam. In most of cases in small words it will be mentioned, but you may not read it.
  • Proxy Bidding – To increase the Item price
  • Very cheap items and weird remarks – Seller leaving the country, Unwanted Gift bla bla

But after speaking to lot of persons and my friends in US, developed some guidelines for eBay purchases, which I would like to share with you.

  • Try Direct contact with Buyer to see if it’s genuine or no
  • Always make payments through Reliable sources like paypal or CC where online payments are insured
  • Buy only from sellers with at least a feedback score of 100** and 99% positive rating, Reading reviews about a buyer and seller is always useful
  • Don’t accept offers where the seller agrees to sell you the item directly and not through eBay
  • Some sellers are eBay certified
  • Always read eBay policies very clearly
  • eBay being a market place, always buy or sell from Trusted buyers or sellers
  • Always check if the address of the buyer or seller is confirmed on eBay
  • Always purchase Items with ” EBAY GUARANTEE

Before Bidding or Buying 

  • Evaluate the complete listing like Shipping / return / refund policy
  • Understand the Item fully like authenticity whether original or fake, origin, used or new
  • Inquire about seller like address / service / contact details. If you can not reach buyer, DO NOT PURCHASE
  • Feedback about seller, This is very important

Before sending payment

  • Exercise caution with international transactions, as well as high-priced and popular items
  • For high-priced items, Always use PaisaPay (credit / debit card or online bank transfer). Your money is automatically returned to you if the seller doesn’t ship within timelines or you can request a refund if the item is not delivered within timelines
  • Never ever pay with cash or with instant money transfer services, such as Western Union
  • Keep records of all Transactions

** Star Rating on Ebay

Yellow star () = 10 to 49 ratings
Blue star () = 50 to 99 ratings
Turquoise star () = 100 to 499 ratings
Purple star () = 500 to 999 ratings
Red star () = 1,000 to 4,999 ratings
Green star () = 5,000 to 9,999 ratings
Yellow shooting star () = 10,000 to 24,999 ratings
Turquoise shooting star () = 25,000 to 49,999 ratings
Purple shooting star () = 50,000 to 99,999 ratings
Red shooting star () = 100,000 ratings or more
Green shooting star () = 500,000 to 999,999 ratings
Silver shooting star  () = 1,000,000 ratings or more

Tip: In most cases, a high Feedback Score is a good sign, but you should always check a member’s Feedback Profile to read comments and look for negative remarks.

Recently, I came across one story on BGR regarding eBay and a seller where in eBay denied to support seller giving some vague excuse. Share your views if you have been ever tricked like this.

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