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Tue Oct 4 2016 09:45:04

eBay Vigilante Gets Attention of Banks

By: Ina Steiner

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What do you do when you're a victim of fraud? Some eBay victims are becoming vigilantes. UK newspaper The Telegraph published an expose showing the dangers of fraud that still exist on sites like eBay.

"A group of vigilante "fraud busters" are patrolling popular websites, including eBay, with the sole aim of tricking fraudsters into revealing their identities - which are then passed on to banks and other authorities," the Telegraph article begins.

While fraud and vigilantism aren't new when it comes to eBay and ecommerce, the level of organization among this particular crew of UK users is impressive: "Buster Jack (a pseudonym) claimed that in the past six months he and the Bankbusters have been responsible for around 350 account closures."

And what's also noteworthy: a bank actually went on the record confirming they have acted upon information they received from "Buster Jack." Back in 2005, a vigilante we interviewed said he had found it difficult to get attention from authorities.

The Telegraph article contains stats on types of online fraud and also offers good advice to would-be buyers particularly those looking for vehicles online. Here's a link to the article from The Telegraph.

Do you encounter scammers when you're buying or selling on eBay or elsewhere? Have you found an effective way to report them to the venues or to authorities?

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Oct 4 11:35:21 2016

Reporting a scammer to Ebay or Amazon is like telling mommy that junior got a bigger piece of the cookie.


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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Tue Oct 4 19:45:06 2016

It can be done in certain instances.  If USPS is used to perpetrate the fraud, then file with the Postmaster as that is a federal crime.  I've known people to be successful with this, but I personally have not had to do this.

There is also wire fraud because of the money transmitted and that can be reported to the FBI as it is a federal crime as well.  Again, I haven't personally had to do this, but I've heard / read of others that have.

And there is the FTC for consumer fraud.

if you feel strongly about being scammed on Ebay or elsewhere, there are steps you can take if you feel the need.

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by: gizmo This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 6 14:19:17 2016  Very helpful when I sold on ebay.

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