|Thu Dec 10 2015 21:33:28|
How an eBay Seller Defrauded the Post Office of $18,000
By: Ina Steiner
An eBay seller was able to defraud the US Postal Service of $18,000, according to the Justice Department. But why wasn't eBay able to detect the poor service he provided to customers for over a year?
Details of the case are in Friday's EcommerceBytes newsletter
. The seller used an online postage service to print postage labels for one penny and alter them, and here's where it gets interesting:
The seller also labeled the packages to falsely indicate that they were being sent from the customer's address - so when the USPS detected the underpayment, it wouldn't return the package to him.
In most cases, the customers were required to pay additional postage fees to the USPS even though they had sent earlier fees to the seller, according to the US Attorney's office.
While the indictment and press release didn't address details, we wondered - didn't the buyers complain to eBay or leave the seller negative feedback? The government said the seller sent 9,000 packages between April 2009 and October 2010.
Didn't at least some of those 9,000 buyers neg the seller?
Also perplexing - didn't the seller expect to be caught? And didn't he know he was leaving a detailed trail of evidence?