Randall – Sep 02, 2020

Victim Location 84341

Total money lost $600

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was selling the gentleman Pokémon cards on EBay. What I thought was EBay contacted me back asking for payment in Gift cards and was going to pay it back through a one-time payment through PayPal. This person spent time making a fake EBay and sent me emails to scam me for Gift cards.

Omar – Aug 20, 2020

Victim Location 53151

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I found a jet ski I wanted to purchase which was through Ebay. The offer seemed too good to be true. A jet ski that according to what we looked up could have a value of $5000.00. It was listed at $800.00 and in really good shape with low mileage. Per the seller, she was getting a divorce and wanted to get rid of it. Said the process would be smooth and all I had to do was buy $800.00 of gift cards with cash from any store that sells Ebay gift cards and to show her the picture of the numbers for the card or send the receipt with the numbers. She also said the trailer was included and that it would ship without any additional cost to me once I sent confirmation with everything to Ebay. The Ebay email I received looked legit and said that I could call the direct phone number to report the numbers on the gift cards or just send in a photo. I could also ask questions at that phone number if I had any. I was going to call to question it since I’ve never bought or sold on Ebay and do not know the procedure. I was a bit skeptical so I tried to look up the order number on Ebay but nothing came up. I then called the Ebay customer service to question it and when the numbers never had a product, I told them about what the seller was asking. I was told it’s a scam and that Ebay would never ask me to buy gift cards and send numbers, that I would always pay with credit card or paypal. I’m glad I went with my gut and did not lose out on $800.00.

Ian – Jul 22, 2020

Victim Location 84663

Type of a scam Employment

Company calls claiming to be eBay offering to help you make money from home. If they were legitimate why use a piggyback local number to get you to answer??

Carla – May 14, 2020

Victim Location 63111

Total money lost $1,800

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was scammed by ebay and showed my look to like a real contract and was scammed out of 1800 dollars 1200 for camper and 600 for shipping insurance. Money sent by eBay cards, all I want is my money returned.

Paul – Apr 22, 2020

Victim Location 77705

Total money lost $1,900

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I tried to purchase a 1999 Jeep Wrangler and the lady told me her husband had passed away and she is letting it go for 1900.00. After paying with giftcards with eBay motors the number changed and all communications was cut off. And I have 4 children and this was very upsetting. Don’t not teust anything from eBay. I’m so upset that I fell for it after all the communication.

Tyler – Mar 19, 2020

Victim Location 57340

Type of a scam Phishing

I have received 3 emails informing me that my ebay acct. has been temporarily disconnected. It is not! I suspect that this is some sort of scam to capture my information if I were to click on their link. I also suspect the reason they are pretending to to be ebay is because people will be desperate to keep their ebay acct. active because of CORVID-19.

Peter – Mar 04, 2020

Victim Location 75961

Total money lost $1,400

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was sent an email, stating that Donna Potter, has selected eBay Motors Buyer Protection to handle a secure online transaction with me

and that I could find the invoice for the 1997 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 4×4 that I purchase from ebay

it was all a scammed

Danielle – Mar 02, 2020

Victim Location 57770

Total money lost $100

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was buying an Iphone 7 plus off craigslist, helene douglas was the seller and she said she was located in rapid city bu wasnt comfortable with meeting up for the phone. Said she left it up to"ebay" to ship and pay for the phone. but ebay or that sight took my 100$ and asked for another 100$ before it would be shipped or even paid for. Never got my money or any type of help from helene , she hasnt replied to any of my emails also.

Alisha – Apr 15, 2020

She is attempting a similar scam in Austin on Craigslist for an iPhone8 @ $150. 04/15/20

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Paul – Jan 31, 2020

Victim Location 92277

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was on offer up looking for a car and saw this amazing deal! A Honda CR-V in perfect condition selling for only 1,4000. They shared with me that they were in the army and had this deal with eBay to send me the vehicle and I have 10 days to check out it out and decide if I’d like to keep it. Then sent me an eBay “invoice”.

Carolyn –

Victim Location 76528

Total money lost $800

Type of a scam Online Purchase

Being scamed through eBay for purchasing a vehicle

Lindsey –

Victim Location 38635

Total money lost $1,000

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I seen a motorcycle on Craigslist an I reply to the number they had on there the number is 213-992-6779 … I texted her and she texted back saying she saleing the bike for a thousand dollars and if I wanted to buy it that I had to buy it threw ebay and that ebay will gmail me about buy the motorcycle and so I called the ebay motor support number they had on the invoice ebay Gmail me saying how to buy it and so on the invoice it said go to family dollar or dollar general or some place like that to get ebay gift cards to load the money on all 5 of them to Equals up to $1000 to get the bike and once’s The store loaded the money up to call back and give them the card PIN number and I did and the invoice said that the shipment would be 3 day and on the second day they gmail me saying that the shipment had been stop due to I had to send a 600 dollar in to insurance the shipment and that the payment would be refund back once’s the item was delivered and once’s I said could I insure the bike threw a car insurance places the people was like they would have the shipment department to call me and since then I haven’t received anything or my money back and I google ebay company and was telling them about the order number that ebay sent and the seller name Kim Coldwell had sent to me and I forwarded the gmail to some people that they have link with them or work threw them it’s [email protected] to let them know that ebay was sayin I Ben scammed by Kim Coldwell and if you reply to that number they going to reply back with a text .. and they lead me to y’all to reach out for help on getting my thousand dollars back .. I have gmail and proof of the invoice of ebay an my Receipts to show in court if I have to I hope and pray that I can get my refund back and that Kim Coldwell and who ever in with her scams they running get taken into custody…

Willie –

Victim Location 06355

Type of a scam Phishing

"Doris" has requested a vehicle report from a specific website be sent to her/his email after I make the $7.00 purchase. No name, address or phone shared from "[email protected]

Charlotte –

Victim Location 39209

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was inquiring about a pickup truck from the app “offer up”. Once I inquired the owner of the truck ask me for email address to correspond. Then to allow me to see the car she ask for name and address to be put on a shipping receipt to have truck sent to me to check out. To move forward eBay would be the broker to protect herself. She ask for gifts cards for for eBay to verify payment. Shipping of the truck will be made in 24hrs. She text me this morning to say she needs additional $1200 for tax, title, tags. I knew then things was not right. I have emails, text and invoices.

Frederick –

Victim Location 36613

Total money lost $2,100

Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was looking on Craiglist.com at golf carts. Wanted to get one for my wife so she could used it when attending college football games. Found one that a lady was selling. She stated her husband had passed away and she was downsizing after moving back to ***, NE where her sister lived. The address was listed as ***, Ne. The cart was a 2012 Club Car Precedant. The add included several photo’s of the cart. She stated she was using the eBay Buyer Protection to handle a secure online transaction. They asked that I purchase eBay Gift Cards and call 1-480-478-0282. I did and talked to a person named ***. All the paperwork I received was from ebay. After purchasing the gift cards and calling them in I received another email requesting fund to cover insurance on the vehicle. Because I wanted to get the cart for my wife as a gift I purchase the requested amount and called ***. He stated I would hear from the shipper by 8PM to arrange delivery. Never received the call or the cart. Went online and entered the phone number and found out it was a scam.

Mandy –

Victim Location 60619

Total money lost $1,000

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

I was scammed by someone using eBay as a front to get people to buy vehicles.

Nathaniel –

Victim Location 32808

Total money lost $2,000

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I saw this car posted on craigslist and the person referred me to eBay and this is what she said

eBay Buyer Protection

Hi, my name is Brenda,

My 2004 Acura TL, never had or need any paint/body work done, garaged keep always, without any mechanical problems, tires and wheels are in great shape as well, electric is working perfectly. The car has only 87 k miles, it is in excellent condition, no liens or loans,it has been very well maintained, with a clean title and no accident history. The engine is 3.5L ,the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. I am selling it at this final price of $1,000 because my husband died 1 month ago (he had a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it asap. I, along with my daughter decided to sell the house and so we moved to my sister in Omaha, NE trying to start a new life.I want to use eBay services for the safety of both of us so if you’re interested in purchasing this car just email me with your full name, address including the zip code and phone number, so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. I am waiting for your reply.

P.s. Also, you have the pics attached.????????

Hello again Demarcia,

I have received your details and I am going to send them over to eBay so we can get this transaction started. Our request will be processed in few hours or tomorrow morning. They will send the invoice, with all the instructions on how to complete the sale. I will shoot you an email as soon as I have any news from eBay, let me know if you get any emails from them before i do.. As I told you in my first e-mail,we just moved to my sister in Omaha,NE. Before leaving I had prearranged the deal with eBay services so my presence isn’t necessary. The vehicle is now located in Omaha, NE, at eBay storage facility, ready to be delivered.It will arrive at your address in 3-4 working days. The shipping costs are included in the total price of the vehicle! You will have 5 days to test and inspect the vehicle prior to make any purchase.

Thank you

Hi Demarcia,

eBay told me they already sent you the invoice, make sure you also check your spam folder. Everything is ready on my part, I have signed and notarized all the paperwork.I used the same method when I bought a camera from eBay, it was very quick and simple.Also, there is no reason to worry because after those 5 days of inspection, if by any reason you find something you don`t like about the vehicle, you can send it back, on my cost and eBay will refund you in full, in max 48 hours.If you have any questions you can call the eBay at :+1 (949) 264-9106.

Do let me know if you’re going to make the payment!

eBay Buyer Protection

We have to inform you that there is an issue regarding your shipment.

The shipping process of your item was stopped during shipping process because your product is not insured.

There are two insurances for the item, first insurance for that 5 days inspection period when the item is at your place for the inspection and another insurance for the transportation. The seller paid for both of them but since the item was valued by our Department more than the price you agreed with the seller, you need to make a deposit fully refundable of $1,000.00 because the item was undervalued. Since the insurance that the seller paid does not cover the new insurance that we need in order to continue with the delivery, the shipping process is on hold.

The trailer that was transporting your item is also transporting 2 other products. The other buyers already paid the insurance of their items so we are waiting for you to make a deposit for the insurance. The cost of the insurance is $1,000.00. You will receive this payment ($1,000.00) along with the vehicle ( cash in hand ), in full because the deposit for the insurance is fully refundable. We hope that you understand that is very important to insure the vehicle during the transportation. You have to make the payment using the same payment method.We are waiting for your payment confirmation as soon as possible so the shipping process can continue. Once again, you will receive your money back when you will receive the item. We truly apologize for any inconvenience!

Thank you for using our services!


eBay Financial Department

eBay Support Department: +1 (949) 264-9106.

We are available at the following hours:

5:00 AM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time Monday through Friday

5:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time Saturday and Sunday


eBay Department

Johnny –

Victim Location 62220

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

We were interested in a golf cart. We found one we liked through Craig’s list, but the individual referred us back to Ebay. *** *** was the name that was used. She was selling it because her child had passed away 5 months prior. The price was extremely low: $1500. Normally a golf cart of that type would be about $5000.00 She requested payment through Ebay gift cards.

Paula –

Victim Location 75082

Total money lost $3,000

Type of a scam Online Purchase

Purchasing 2009 missan altima and got scsmmed out of money thru eBay..once unasked for a refund ..the emails stop and when I tried yo call back the number doesn’t work and I can’t get in contact with eBay niether

Amelia –

Victim Location 29108

Total money lost $2,000

Type of a scam Online Purchase

The seller had a vehicle that she say she wanted to sell. The daughter put it on facebook(social media). It said to email her mother directly at her email. So I emailed her and she returned a message back and told me that she was selling straight through eBay. I got emails from the supposed company on what to do and an invoice with the product and price. Last email they sent had the confirmation number for delivery,but also said that the licenses to pull the vehicle had expired the the day before they were going to ship the vehicle and that I needed to send $1000.00 more dollars and that I will get it back once the vehicle was delivered. I told them I wasn’t sending any more money and to refund me my $2000.00. They told I would have to wait 60 to 90 days and I would get a cashiers check in the mail

Grant –

Victim Location 45237

Total money lost $2,000

Type of a scam Online Purchase

Responded to an add for sale of used car 2006 Nissan Maxima. Sent text message to individual at Cincinnati 513 phone number and received text message from 757 Hampton VA phone number. Scammer said name was Linda Dempsey and husband died recently she was a military member going on deployment and needed to sell car quickly which is why it was priced so low. Said I was interested and scammer said she would have eBay send an email to complete transaction as her car was being held by private storage and eBay would arrange the sell and shipment. All correspondence was through email. never talked to person. since person used military and death of husband and was a woman never questioned it. I don’t shop on eBay so never knew the service didn’t exist. Thought it was a special arrangement for military members through eBay. Scammer said eBay would send an email to me arranging the sale of vehicle. Email said that eBay gift cards needed to be used for purchase. Purchased $2000.00 in eBay gift cards and sent gift card numbers to what looked like a legitimate eBay correspondence email.

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