|Sat June 5 2021 09:50:51|
eBay Hit with RICO Lawsuit
By: Ina Steiner
A Massachusetts man filed a lawsuit against eBay alleging fraudulent acts against him in violation of the RICO Act, which stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The complaint revolves around what appears to be a growing problem for online shoppers: fake tracking numbers used to provide proof of delivery.
The plaintiff alleged eBay is fraudulently presenting a money back guarantee in cases where the buyer does not receive the item purchased, as he explained in this excerpt of the complaint:
"However, ebay does not give a person their money back if the Seller/shipper provides any tracking number for a package that shows delivery in your zip code. eBay ignores the issue that the package was not addressed to the Buyer/receiver. The refusal of ebay to consider the actually addressee or even the size of the package has created a situation that not only allows sellers to steal from buyers but prevents the buyer from being able to get a refund from the shipping company."
In mid-May, we wrote about the problem on the EcommerceBytes Blog
after being contacted by several readers, although as we noted, the scam itself has been employed by fraudsters for years.
In his complaint filed against eBay in Federal court on Thursday, the plaintiff also express frustration with the FBI and US Attorney, characterizing them as "strictly political organizations that care nothing about their obligations to protect the average person."
The plaintiff, Danny M. Kelly, is representing himself.