Never Accept PayPal Payment For Motor Vehicles

PayPal Reversal Used Car

After taking a drive over to eBay’s selling forum, a poster claimed he sold his car on eBay Motors, and accepted PayPal for payment that was reversed. It’s a tough loss because PayPal does not cover motor vehicles. He took an initial PP $1,000 deposit, and “friends and family” sent him the balance, also by PayPal. 😥 The topic so far has 22 replies with some misinformation. The car is not stolen because the seller accepted electronic payment (PayPal.) This turns the transaction into a civil matter where the seller…

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eBay Gift Card Nissan Maxima Scam Hooks Car Buyer

eBay gift card car scam

Another buyer fell victim to a Craigslist / eBay Nissan scam. As Doc says, beware of a too good to be true deal. There is no “Bargain Used Car” with free shipping! 🙁 From ABC11 Diane Wilson: One scam caught Ashley Lucas off guard, and she is now out $2,500. She spotted a 2009 Nissan Maxima for sale on Craigslist. It was listed for $1,500, so she wanted to act fast as it was a price she could afford. She emailed back and forth with the seller, and the seller…

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Amazon Craigslist eBay Protection Plan Fraud Alert

Brand Fraud Vehicle Scam Example

Consumer FRAUD Alert: Beware of popular online venue brand names being used fraudulently to steal your money and your identity. Popular brands like Amazon and eBay are a scammers favorite target! Brand Fraud is being committed by scammers offering unbelievably low prices on automobiles, electronics, jewelry, vacations. You name it – there is a scam running online for it using a popular brand name as the seller. Smartphone apps like OfferUp and Letgo are being used to rip off local item sellers. Sellers are being robbed, and even murdered for…

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Bad Car Dealers All eBay Cares About Is Seller’s Fees

eBay Inc Bad Seller

Whatever Happened To eBay Trust And Community Values? It’s our opinion all that matters to eBay Inc is their sellers fees! We have blogged about this eBay Motors car dealer seller twice before. The seller is alleged to be have been suspended (NARU in eBay speak) but comes back again and again and again. And is allowed to freely register new sellers accounts. Once again we suggest eBay enable ID Verify for vehicle sellers that are new and have no track record. Doc went through the ID Verify process back…

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eBay VPP & AIA Stalling Car Buyers No Title Claim

eBay VPP & AIA Stalling Car Buyers No Title Claim

Another Crappy Car Deal On eBay Motors. Buyer receives car but does not receive it’s title. Buyer files claim with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection for a covered claim. It’s been nearly four months since buying the car. eBay and their insurer Auction Insurance Agency of Birmingham AL is stalling the claim. This is another crappy deal that’s killing the last tiny bit of credibility and trust the motors website once had. From the eBay Motors Discussion Board: I purchased a vehicle off ebay in early Dec 2014, received the vehicle…

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Motor Vehicle Credit Card ChargeBack On Titled Property Reversed

Reversing Credit Card Chargeback Motor Vehicle

This eBay Top Rated Seller in good standing since 2010 sold his 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 pickup truck on eBay Motors. Seller accepted PayPal for the full purchase price. Buyer later attempted a chargeback. But in the end the good guys won! Seller claims the buyer (a licensed dealer) paid an initial deposit. Then paid the balance with PayPal $10,000. Seller claims the buyer used his photos to list the truck for sale, but it was ended because of an error. It has been 3 weeks and now the…

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ID Verify Would Stop eBay Vehicle Phishing Scams

eBay ID Verify stops fraud

Here are two eBay vehicle listings that are highly suspected to be fraudulent. Zero feedback sellers who tell bidders to contact them before placing their bid is big red flag . These two eBay Motors vehicle listings are highly suspicious to be fraudulent as both have common fraudster wording. It’s the lure of a low bargain price that hooks victims every time. The 1st is this 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL550 4Matic 4JGBF8GE7CA768348 for sale by eaglesrt8 Item number 151294012819. The 2nd is this 2011 Lexus GX460 Premium 4×4 JTJBM7FX2B5024068 for sale…

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10 Years Watching eBay Car Scams & Auction Fraud

Medved eBay Auction Chart 03/05/2007

Summary of 10 years watching eBay Auction Fraud and Used Car Scams. Buyers and Sellers were conned out of their money by slick talking fraudsters and bad sellers. These observations destroyed buyer and seller trust and well established community values. It is Doc’s belief, had Meg Whitman taken a stand against fraud and misrepresentation back in eBay’s early days, they could have nipped their auction fraud problem in the bud. But obviously corporate insiders were more interested in stuffing their pockets full of cash. Rather than working on long-term-goals that…

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Fraudsters Taking Advantage Of NEW eBay Layout

New eBay Motors Vehicle Page Layout

Look at these NEW and Improved eBay Motors Vehicle Listing Pages. eBay Features a New item page layout with a NEW Photo Magnification Feature that is really cool. But the vehicle search that is also NEW no longer allows searching by a car’s year only. To search this new eBay Motors layout you must select a Make and Model First before selecting a year. This new layout and search is apparently in BETA and rolled out sporadically to test it. If you don’t see the new search page this link…

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Review Of eBay Kuwait Export Car Buyer Fraud

Kuwait eBay Motors Car Buyer Scammed Website Traffic From Kuwait

Today I noticed a lot of website traffic from Kuwait looking at an article i wrote back in March 2013 about a Kuwaiti export car buyer that was scammed out of $23K on eBay Motors. eBay Motors Management has no idea the huge amount of damage negative publicity like this does to their export car buying marketplace They refuse to verify vehicle sellers and allow anyone to set up an account and list an expensive motor vehicle for sale with no validation whatsoever. It’s my personal opinion that with John Donahoe,…

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eBay Autos Suspected Phishing Scams 06/11/2013

eBay XSS Redirect Security Vulnerability

Here are our stinks like dead phish suspected eBay Motors car scams for today. We start out with this 2009 Honda Accord EX-L V6 up for auction by iuty778 for only $4500 (161043792873). Next is this 2006 GMC Yukon AWD Denali for sale by giuy777 for only $6000 (271221137072). Next we have this 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged up for auction by junior55k for only $5500 (261228910199). And this 2004 Jeep Wrangler Right Hand Drive that is a rural postal carriers dream. It’s up for auction by myalexa1 who says…

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eBay Motors VIN Decoder Still Allows All Zeros

A Grey Market Vehicles State Assigned VIN

If you go to any professional car sales website such as AutoTrader.com or Cars.com and try to enter 17, 0’s, or 1’s, etc for the ID Number of your car, the system will reject it as an invalid Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). But not on eBay Motors. You enter the vin of your car and if the system does not recognize it as a current standard vin vehicle legally sold in the US (1981 to present) you can just put in 17 0’s or 1’s, etc, and the system will…

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FBI Warning eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Fraud

eBay Warnings About VPP Fraud

I see the FBI IC3 has finally issued a fraud warning about Scammers hawking eBay Motors VPP Protection Scams. It appears that only after the FBI Issued their warning about eBay’s VPP being used by Scammers to defraud the general public on eBay Motors Itself, Craigslist and other sites, did eBay throw up a bunch of warnings, including one on the eBay Motors home page. They will only warn you about fraud after being forced to by other means. I know we have been reporting these type of scams since…

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