Monday, April 28, 2008

Ebay Fraud Alert: Ebay Pulse Scam Exposed With Video and Transcript

Another huge kink in eBay’s armor has been revealed today. Several eBay members have managed to manipulate eBay by rigging the eBay Pulse page and making thousands of dollars per month for their effort.

Full story including video and account of events of this scam.
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An eBay member has apparently created a piece of software that creates hundreds of thousands of fake eBay accounts. He is then able to use these accounts to create watchers for his and several other eBay members auctions.

This allows eBay users ’mysterygiant’, ’jjfjq’ and ’kekoa64’ to dominate the eBay Pulse page at will. The eBay Pulse page is the single highest traffic webpage on eBay.

source: WebWire

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Delhi man jailed over Internet scam

DELHI -- A man who was allegedly running an Internet scam using eBay from his parents' home is now behind bars.

Merced County sheriff's investigators arrested 20-year-old Benjamin Haag after eight alleged victims reported that they ordered goods from Haag -- but never received the items they paid for.

Haag faces felony grand theft and fraud charges.

John Mussotto, a sheriff's computer and forensics expert, said the department became aware of the case after the victims contacted the federal government's Internet Crime Complaint Center with stories of how they had allegedly bought items Haag was selling on eBay, a shopping and auction Web site.

source: Merced Sun-Star

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alabaster man facing new scam charges over chainsaws on eBay

A 45-year-old Alabaster man, already accused of scamming people out of thousands of dollars, today was charged in connection with a scheme to take money from people using eBay.

David "Chopper" Strevel, once a baseball/softball youth league president, was charged with two counts of theft of property, Alabaster police say. It marks the third time police arrested Strevel in six months.

This time Strevel is accused of defrauding 114 people out of $40,000 by putting chainsaws up for sell on eBay, collecting money and never delivering chainsaws to people.

source: Birmingham News

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ebay fraudster dupes hundreds

Dinah Greek

An Ebay fraudster who managed to evade a police investigation last year has struck again.

The Ebay seller offered goods for sale on the online auction site and received payments by postal order but never sent the goods to buyers.

Despite police involvement he was able to continue his scam, conning nearly 200 more people last month. However the number may be higher and police believe that his auctions have raked in more than £170,000 since last September.

source; Personal Computer World

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Brisbane man jailed over 'gold' eBay scam

A Brisbane man who ripped off three people using internet auction site eBay has been sentenced to jail.

Rory James Kleidon pleaded guilty in the District Court this morning to a single fraud charge after holding a dud auction for a gold nugget on the site in June last year>

The court heard the 24 year-old mechanic's assistant used his girlfriend's account to post an ad for the precious metal, which attracted a $4025 bid on June 13.

The money was paid into Kleidon's girlfriend's bank account but he failed to hand over the nugget as promised.

source: Brisbane Times

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Linden woman being investigated in Internet handbag scam

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Linden woman in connection with an Internet scam involving designer handbags.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant on file in Circuit Court completed by investigator R.A. Fogle, Kristine Nelson, of 4225 Blue Mountain Road, is under investigation.

Fogle says in the affidavit that the Sheriff's Office received complaints in early March from Michigan resident Methinee Yu, and Daewon Jeon, of Canada, about purchasing handbags from Nelson on eBay, the Internet auction site.

Both Yu, a female, and Jeon, a male, provided documentation of payments to Nelson through an e-mail address of VAGliders, Fogle says. Yu's documentation indicates that nothing was sent to her, Fogle says, adding that Jeon received a handbag, but sent it back to Nelson "as it was not authentic as stated on e-Bay."


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

State police probe global con game


Concord – A Concord couple were small-time operators in a global cyberscam that swindled people who sell items on eBay, Craigslist and other popular online marketplaces, state police alleged yesterday.

Investigators now ask anyone who lost money in the alleged con game to come forward, saying they may have computer evidence and other documentation police need to track higher-ups in the West African-based scheme.

"If there are victims who already deposited checks and lost money, then we would like to speak to them," State Police Detective John C. Marasco said.

source and complete article: Union Leader