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#1 Ian Marks

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 02:35 PM

I just noticed that there are three Super-16, PL-mount Eclair ACLs on Ebay right now (and a fourth has just been taken down). What gives?
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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 04:14 PM

I just noticed that there are three Super-16, PL-mount Eclair ACLs on Ebay right now (and a fourth has just been taken down). What gives?


That is the "eBay camera scam" of this week(it changes weekly). Account hackers, they hijack a person's account, then list dozens of high value items at ridiculously low prices to see how many people they can scam before the auctions get taken down.

Easy way to check, first, if there is anything on the auction that asks you to send an email to some @yahoo or @gmail account before you bid or to find out about some special "Buy It Now" price, it is a scam. The second, go to the "view sellers other items" and you will see anywhere from dozens to hundreds of high ticket/high value items listed. Then look at what the owner of the account usually buys and sells. They won't match.

The scams are also usually listed under something other than Motion Picture Cameras.

EBay has really turned into a scam fest.

-Tim
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#3 Hal Smith

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 04:46 PM

EBay has really turned into a scam fest.
-Tim

Sooner or later someone's going to give them a real bad stomach ache with a class action suit. They will not spend a dime to prequalify auctions - even though a simple security auto-scan looking for known scammer's email addresses in listings would catch a bunch of the bad auctions. They wouldn't catch the first listing by a crook using a new email address, but when people narc'ed on the crooks, eBay would catch the rest of the crook's batch of fraudulent listings.

For instance: vaiagogu@yahoo.com is the most flagrant current scammer - and he keeps listing items over and over again with that email address for inquiries - and eBay keeps on accepting the listings. I think eBay could possibly be over the line in some aspect of criminal law with respect to aiding and abetting fraud.
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#4 Ian Marks

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:54 PM

Wow. I thought this one failed the sniff test. Thanks, guys.
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