Deadbeat Bidders Still Wreaking Havoc On eBay

eBay Motors Deadbeat Bidders still a problem in 2017

Deadbeat Bidders are apparently still a problem for eBay Motors car sellers. It’s been 13 years since we first observed deadbeat bidders wreak havoc on vehicle sellers. And judging from this sellers warning nothing’s changed. Today after clicking on a classic car listing in a Facebook group the first thing we saw was the below wording. PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING BEFORE PLACING A BID PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THIS ITEM YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MESSAGE US THROUGH EBAY WITH YOUR CONTACT NAME AND NUMBER OR YOUR BID WILL BE…

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eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauds Car Buyers

eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauded Used Car Buyers

eBay Used Car Seller TopsAndWheels AKA Tropical Automotive, operated by Lisandra Gutierrez, listed as the business owner, and her husband, Anthony Zafarino, face multiple fraud and grand theft charges, including aggravated white collar crime. The couple is accused of raking in approximately $300,000 from lenders, a partnering car dealer and unsuspecting car buyers across the country looking for an online deal. As investigators delved into the case last summer, they noted 33 complaints against Tropical Automotive logged with the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. Fleeced buyers came from…

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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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ChargeBack Vehicle Titled Property Costs Seller $8500

ChargeBack On Motor Vehicle Titled Property Costs Seller $8500

From TV8 LasVegasNOW: Boat Seller defrauded of $8500 after buyer filed a fraudulent ChargeBack on used Boat sold on eBay Motors. Most credit card companies will not chargeback on “Titled Property” but this one did. It cost this eBay seller her boat and money. Only accept Bank to Bank Wire Transfer for Motor Vehicle Sales! A local woman called 8 On Your Side Consumer Advocate Michelle Mortensen for help after she sold a boat on EBay through PayPal in May of 2015. Months after the sale the buyer filed a…

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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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Norway Buyer Claims 1978 Caddy Limo Misrepresented

Norway Buyer Claims 1978 Caddy Lime Misrepresented

Export Car Buyer From Norway claims this 1978 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine bought from an eBay Seller was Misrepresented! After receiving the vehicle he is claiming it is a piece of junk. Buyer claims the cars mileage was misrepresented. Said it runs real rough at idle (burnt valves possibly.) Lousy quick paint job. Photos link. From the motors discussion board: Item number 391019289987, Advertised as a MINT 32000 mile car, but received a piece of junk!!! Looks closer to a 230.000 mile than even a 130.000 mile car, With the cheap…

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Altering Or Rolling Back An Exempt Odometer Is Illegal

exempt odometer tampering

Here’s an interesting topic on eBay Motors community forum about exempt vehicle odometer rollback. Same 1974 Honda CB550 as previously sold but with 29,950 less miles From the motors community forum: Motorcycle sold on ebay with 35,000 miles, on 1/24/15. Motorcycle currently listed for sale with 5,550 miles. Same motorcycle, same VIN#, same distinguishing marks. Just because an odometer is of exempt status (10 years old or older) federal law says it’s odometer will not be tampered with. It makes no mention or exception to altering an exempt motor vehicle.…

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eBay Using Jquery To Hide Sellers Descriptions

eBay Hiding Sellers Description

Looks like eBay is testing another change to their marketplace To view an items description a buyer must click a button located where the description text or html is normally located. The description with any additional images or html code then pops up in a jquery fancybox. If you didn’t know it. eBay sellers descriptions are contained in what’s called an Iframe (inline frame) this is a web page embedded within a page. We wrote about how embedding seller’s descriptions in iframes was detrimental to organic search inclusion. Now they…

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Suspended eBay Car Dealers Creating NEW Accounts

bad sellers registering new accounts

Another eBay fraudulent seller. From this complaint on scamguard.com. The articles comments are saying this suspended seller is allowed back after suspension to register another eBay account. Doc has suggested eBay enable ID Verify for new vehicle sellers. It would stop a lot of this bad seller fraud. But we guess all they care about conducting seminars to sign new car dealers up. Situations like this might explain why two of our social media sites are blocked by a robots.txt file. Someone don’t want the message to get out. The…

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Are Motor Vehicle Phishing Scams Still On eBay Motors

Suspeced eBay Phishing Car Scams 11/28/2014

eBay seems to be moving away from their eBay Motors Brand, and are changing their vehicle listing format to resemble eBay core. When looking at cars on the site, nowhere is the wording “eBay Motors.” Just last week it was discovered their eBay Motors Facebook business page had vanished. It’s my personal opinion that early scams and seller misrepresentation that went uncorrected for over 10 years has cooked eBay’s golden goose but good. They refuse to verify vehicle sellers before a listing goes live. If you didn’t know it, there…

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eBay Members YourGmDealer & 661HenryGlen Missing

Back in 2009 when GM emerged from bankruptcy they struck up a deal with eBay Inc to sell new GM cars on eBay Motors and YourGmDealer eBay Motors Sellers Account was born. During this period GM worked the leads and pretty much ignored the listings running on eBay Motors with disastrous results. Bait and Switch, And car already sold were most of the negs GM received. Enter eBay member 661HenryGlen who bought three new GM Cars from YourGmDealer and left positive feedback moments later. It was alleged at the time…

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eBay Motors iPad App Not For Selling Motor Vehicles

eBay iPad App Don't Work For Selling Vehicles

A friend recently tried to list his Harley Davidson motorcycle on eBay Motors using an iPad. Unfortunately for him the eBay iPad app placed the motorcycle in the toys category, resulting in the listing being removed for being in the wrong category. 😆 He then downloaded the eBay Motors iPad app and installed it, with similar results. After trying a third time to create an advertisement for his bike it got cancelled for the 3rd time. Then he called eBay Motors support and waited on hold for 45 minutes. When…

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Why Used Motor Vehicles Should Be Sold AS-IS

1991 TOYOTA MR2 Why Sell AS-IS

It’s best to sell your used car truck van motorcycle boat etc AS-IS With NO Warranty expressed or implied. Buyers no doubt will find faults on used automobiles. This opens the door to sale price renegotiation or threats of legal action. No matter how good of condition you think your used car is in. A buyer might find something to quibble about and want their money back. This private party offered a 1 owner 1991 Toyota MR2 for sale. Seller stated in his advertisement for the car it was in…

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No FREE Shipping From This eBay Car Dealer

1996 Eldorado Palm Beach Car Collector eBay

Another tale of woe from an eBay Motors Car Buyer Seller advertised FREE Shipping with Buy It Now on this gorgeous 1996 Cadillac Eldorado ESC. Buyer claims seller shipped the car COD. On another car recently sold, a Land Rover Freelander. The buyer negs the seller and says “Bad communication,13 days no title or car. tried to stick me with the shipping.“ Updated 08/15/2014: I see the mods pulled the below motors board post where this cars buyer posted about his bad experience buying on eBay Motors. Sweeping alleged bad…

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eBay Cash Register Goes Ka-ching Deadbeat Bidder

Another eBay Deadbeat Bidder

Another eBay Zero Feedback Member cost this Harley Davidson motorcycle seller $125.00. eBay loves scammers and deadbeat bidders that win auctions or click unprotected buy-now listings. Their cash register goes ka-ching and sends the seller an email congratulating them for a successful transaction. At that time the seller is charged a successful transaction service fee. For this sellers Harley Davidson 281368304356 it’s $125.00 fee! From the eBay Motors Forum: Wondering if anyone has had something like this happen to them. I had my Harley Davidson up for auction, with only…

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Where Did Our eBay Motors Forum Buddies Go

Community Forums Need YOU!

There used to be such great people on here and now it seems no one posts for days at a time. Is anyone left out there? That was a recent question asked on eBay’s Motors Forum. One poster said “People are scared to post in case they get slapped. Wishing someone Happy Birthday can get you sent to eBay jail.” Just like the rest of eBay Motors the forum has slid downhill. Lithium.com who provides and manages the eBay forums is determined to keep the forum on “automotive topics” and…

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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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Green Dot MoneyPak Scamming Internet Car Shoppers

Green Dot Moneypak used to scam internet buyers

Fraudsters are now using Green Dot Moneypak for payment on non-existent vehicles Recently a Millersville man thinking he was buying a 2002 Ford Explorer for $2000 fell victim to this scam. From Lancaster Online: “A Millersville Borough resident fell for an online scam, paying $2,000 for a used SUV owned by an Army National Guard member in Utah and getting nothing, borough police said. The victim, who lives in the 100 block of Manor Avenue, responded to a Craigslist ad for a 2002 Ford Explorer. He exchanged emails with the…

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eBay Motors Customer Support Unbelievably Rude

Should I Sell My Car On eBay?

Another tale of woe from the eBay Motors community forum Here is a seller who just found out the hard way he was enrolled in the eBay motors high volume sellers club. “From the motors forum: I received six free listings in 2013 for national vehicle sales and used them. I pushed the relist button not realizing I had run out of free listings and when I saw the fee cancelled immediately. It never listed. Now Ebay Motors says I had seven listings and recategorized me as a high volume…

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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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eBay Photo Compliance Shooting Itself In The Foot

eBay Motors Seller Non Compliance Strike For Placement Location Pictorial

This post has to do with a recent new eBay Motors photo compliance rule that says a “cartoon or drawing” may not be used in substitute for a photo. So here we have one of the old time eBay Motors Good Guys selling this NOS (new old stock) Ford factory stripe kit for an 1988-1989 Mercury Topaz (E86Y-5420000-AP.) In his listing he put a drawing showing where on the vehicle these stripes went. “This makes a hell of a lot more sense than dumping the contents that are inside the…

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Another Victim Snared In An Internet Car Scam

Don't Fall Victim To Internet Car Scams

KJRH TV 2 Tulsa Oklahoma broke this story recently where a 20 year old girl fell for one of the oldest Internet car scams on the books This was the old eBay Motors vehicle protection scam that’s been around seemingly forever. A late model Nissan Altima for $1800 should have been a warning right there. But it’s often the lure of getting a really good deal that slays scam victims every time. Just becoming an adult, 20-year-old Lyndesy Parks decided to buy her first car. She went online and found…

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Don’t Buy A Car Without An Inspection First

another eBay motors northern rust bucket

Here’s a Rusty Lexus SUV that was purchased online without a vehicle inspection. The word TRUST is a five letter word with no meaning. It’s imperative to inspect the vehicle first before purchasing on a long distance deal. Otherwise you might not be happy with the car you receive. Also a word to the wise about buying a car from the northeast area, or anywhere where they use rock salt and sodium chloride on the roads. We like to jokingly call these the rust bucket states. That rock salt just…

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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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JavaScript XSS Cross Site Scripting Redirect Caught On Screen Video

eBay XSS Redirect Scam Video 01/20/2014

Watch as this scam listing and 2 others uses an uncorrected XSS Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability and whisks me off to a hacked website. Phishing Fraud and Identity Theft can then occur! Fraudsters hack a website and create a directory just above it’s public root. They then upload their scripts and images etc. Then plant their sucker bait and wait for a victim to swallow the hook. I know we have been reporting this kind of phishing fraud for more years than i can count. In our archives there are several other…

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Joseph Stalin’s 1937 Packard Listed On eBay

Joseph Stalin 1937 Packard Super 12 Limousine

The ABC7 I-Team uncovers a Russian mystery that stretches 5,000 miles and ends up in Illinois. A priceless gift from a ruthless dictator is in a local museum, and now, it’s causing an international incident. As the brutal Russian Premier Joseph Stalin clamped down on the Soviet Union, millions of his people were starving to death. Stalin was being chauffeured around in a custom, luxury, armored car. The I-Team unlocks how that priceless piece of history ended up in an Illinois museum, why federal prosecutors are involved, and the diplomatic…

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eBay Motors Blasted By Automotive News Article

eBay Motors Loosing Traction

Automotive News author Richard Truett published an article titled “Why eBay Motors is losing traction” yesterday. This is a good article about the current state of eBay Motors telling of late model automobiles just sitting in their virtual showrooms hardly noticed. It goes on to say than even with the lower price of an eBay Motors vehicle it didn’t make much sense to buy a common everyday late model vehicle in another state. Shipping charges could raise the cost of buying out of state to what buying local would cost.…

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Comparing eBay Motors Search With Top Car Sites

eBay Motors Cassini Car Search Messed Up

eBay Motors Sucks Blog Compares eBay Motors NEW Cassini vehicle search with autotrader.com, autotraderclassics.com, and cars.com and the results will blow your mind eBay took away the ability to search by Year or Years Range only. For starters, collector cars buyers like to search by a certain years range, toggling by time newest listed to see what is new on the site. “Some buyers want to see whats new between say 2010 and 2013 but not anymore. It’s not possible with this NEW eBay Motors Cassini Enhanced Search.” It’s obvious…

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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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