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How to Identify Automobile and Computer Scams on eBay

Updated on March 1, 2013


In this hub I will teach you some tricks that will help you identify the automobile and computer scams that are out there on Ebay. This guide will show you what to look for, how not to fall victim, and what to do if you do see them.

What are the Scams

Computer and automobile scams that are you there typically involve a seller that is looking to simply collect money for payment on an item, not deliver the item to you, and essentially scam you of your hard earned money. There are many ways for you to see these scams, and now Ebay does a lot to help protect you from these scams. Their biggest assist in this feature involves the buyer protection which will help you get your money back if you do fall victim to one of the many scams that are out there. None the less, just avoiding these is the best choice, so lets talk about how to avoid these scams.

Avoiding automobile scams.

So first I will start with automobile scams. There are many of these out there so let me go over some tips to help you realize these scams to avoid them.

If it's to good to be true, it probably is. This is something that that fits the Ebay case. If a vehicle price seems to good to be true, then most likely, it is. Be careful for prices that are very low, as these may be people looking to collect the money then abandon their account.

Watch out for payment options. While obviously most transactions are done through Paypal these days. Scammers will typically request that you send a money order, or Western Union check that way it will be easier for them to cash, and they don't have to go through any verification process with PayPal.

Watch out for feedback. This is a crucial one. When you are buying an automobile I would suggest only dealing with Ebayers that either have more than 100 positive feedback, OR sell cars on Ebay. That they have at least 10 positive feedback from previous cars they have sold. So pay attention for Ebayers that have 0 feedback, negative feedback, or little feedback because these could easily be scammers.

Try to keep it local. On some cars like high priced, or classic cars this may be tougher, but try to keep things local. Request to view the car prior to buying so you can test drive, view, and look into the car to make sure the pictures are accurate. Photoshop allows you to play with your pictures and allow things to look better than they really are, so be weary of that. Try to set up a meet with the seller and view the car to avoid being scammed.

How to find computer scams.

When you are looking for computer scams on Ebay there are also somethings for you to look for.

First off once again watch out for feedback. A lot of scam artists on Ebay will have little or no feedback, and if they have any it will usually be for items they bought really cheap on Ebay. So be careful of that because scammers will develop a small feedback rating to help rake in those who they plan on scamming. Not to say low feedback is automatically a scammer, BUT if you are suspicious of an item, or sale, and they have little or no feedback this does not help their case.

Be careful if a seller every contacts you and tells you they are selling an item on their website. Keep all you transactions on Ebay, unless you are buying from a retail store online. 3rd party websites can give you viruses, steal your personal information, or many other problems that you do not want to deal with. So be careful, and try to keep all your transactions to Ebay.

Make sure that you know what you are buying. An Ebayer who claims they are selling an Apple computer should have a serial number, and be an official product. When buying and receiving make sure the item matches what you bought, or you have been scammed and want ot contact Ebay buyer protection.

Make sure you buy official products. This once again falls under the whole if it sounds to good to be true, than it probably is. If you are looking for a phone charger look for official brands or products that are guaranteed to be real. Also try to buy from the United States. You do not want cheap Chinese replicas because these tend to break quicker, can be a hazard, and many other problems so look for official items.

How to report, and fix a scam.

If you see a scam it is fairly simple to report the buyer on Ebay. It is easy to send a message to ebay on the actual auction to report a fake item, or a scammer.

Also if you have been scammed it is very simple to get your money back today. Buyer Protection now a days requires that all you have to do is have a little proof you got scammed, even if it is simply a non brand item when you were told you were getting a brand name item. You file a case, and Ebay will 99% of the time grant in favor of the buyer. As a seller I have had a couple bad experiences with this where I have sent an item, the buyer clearly broke the item, and Ebay still granted in favor of them, and I had to give them a refund, so I know first hand that almost all the time Ebay will grant in favor of the buyer. So know that if you do get scammed you will be able to get your money back as long as you are willing to send you item back to the buyer.


So overall When dealing on Ebay remember to check for feedback, pay attention to the seller, and remember if it is too good to be true, then it may just be to good to be true. Also remember if you do get scammed then don't worry you can always file for a Ebay Buyer Protection case, and you will get your money back. Don't leave Ebay and go to a 3rd party site to finish a transaction. Thanks for reading..


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