|Sun Oct 15 2017 10:23:05|
How UK Vigilantes Target eBay Scammers
By: Ina Steiner
Read about a group of vigilantes who identify fake eBay listings and take action to shut down the scammers' bank accounts.
Interesting story from The Guardian newspaper today, "Buster Jack: the eBay vigilantes who are outconning the con men." It reports "a secretive network of "bank busters" have made it their mission to help shut down accounts used by internet fraudsters."
It's remarkable these scams are still succeeding after more than a decade. The Guardian writes:
"The group responds to "obviously" fake listings for cars, camper vans, diggers and a whole range of expensive items being offered on eBay - usually at about 40% of their real value - to trick buyers into handing over their cash.
"Having found the scam listings, members of the group pose as buyers, engaging in lengthy email correspondence to gain the scammer's confidence. If successful they will be sent the bank details in order to transfer the cash. Armed with screenshots and carefully gathered evidence they then take it to the bank."
The must-read article
focuses on the role banks play in unintentionally aiding the scammers. But if it's so easy for a group of users to spot these "obviously" fake listings, why can't eBay?
Is there a way for eBay to support users who wish to help police the site?