How Are Second Chance Scams Sent From Legit Listings
06/02/2013 Last Updated
I stumbled upon this KTRK TV Houston article and video about a bogus eBay second chance offer. An auction bidder was outbid on item number (251249742243) for a 2008 Airstream travel trailer.
Soon after the listing ended the bidder received a second chance offer to buy the travel trailer for his maximum bid of $11,000. The bidder smelled a rat and called eBay who informed him it was a scam, and that all the emails he received were false. The scammers might have pulled this off had they not wanted the money bank wired to the UK.
I have studied the listing in question and see no sign of a scam. It appears to be a legitimate listing with a successful end with positive feedback left. So the big $64 question is, how did scammers get their hands on the bidders eBay contact email address? It points to an insider job in my opinion, or even possibly the scammers have found a way into the eBay database? Any way you look at it – it stinks like eBay dead fish!
Also PayPal is not intended for paying for vehicles. The most a member can send through PayPal for a vehicle is $3,000. Bank wire Transfer is an accepted payment method on eBay Motors for vehicles only. Most vehicle sellers accept a small good faith deposit using PayPal to seal a deal until it can be finalised. Also when paying for a vehicle it’s between the buyer and seller, eBay does not collect payment for vehicles. The article on KTRK is here.
Beware of a rash of scam second chance offers when bidding on a car. I’m thinking these 0 Feedback Sellers are behind the fraud. eBay shouldn’t give a free run of the website to unverified 0 feedback sellers.