Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Victims turn vigilante in hunt for eBay conmen

The world of online auctions is becoming as notorious as the Wild West. Unscrupulous thieves con innocent buyers and the authorities seem powerless to intervene.

Fraudtracking.com, a campaigning website, estimates that British customers are losing £500,000 a day through fraudulent transactions on the various auction sites, but there were just 70 convictions for online auction fraud last year.

However, there’s a new posse in town, a group of UK cyber-vigilantes intent on running the internet auction cowboys out of town.

complete story at Times Online

Friday, May 16, 2008

Two Charged with Ebay Scam

Macon Police arrested two men they say ran an internet scam over eBay.

Sgt. Melanie Hofmann says on April 22, 23-year-old Dominique Cipella from Fort Rucker, Alabama filed a report with the Macon Police Department about an Ebay purchase that he paid for but never received. Cipella said he paid more than $2,000 for a 52-inch High-Definition television on the online auction site in February. Cipella told police he never received the television.

source : 13WMAZ

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ebay scam exposed, $125,000 in stolen merchandise

MOBILE, Ala. -- Last week, investigators with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office learned of a scam perpetrated against individuals purchasing items listed on eBay. In less than 48 hours, Investigators with the White Collar Crimes Unit recovered $125,000 in stolen merchandise in the internet-related scam.

On April 28, 2008, a local antiques business owner informed investigators with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office that a one-of-a-kind antique item, recently stolen from the business, was listed for sale on eBay.

source: Fox10 News