Tag: scams

“The PERFECT eBay/Paypal SCAM”

Before linking to this tale of woe from an eBay seller, I’d like to point out that I pilfered a quote from their story for the title. However, my favorite from the drama is actually…

This business model puts underpants-stealing gnomes to shame.

It certainly does, so feel free to read on, because the laughs just ended.

Meanwhile, it is the opinion of your’s truly that eBay rules are so extraordinarily biased towards buyers that you have to be slightly nuts to conduct business via the platform. There is no ability to issue negative feedback to bad customers, and eBay actually encourages sellers to provide positive feedback immediately upon receipt of payment. Ridiculously stupid advice, me thinks. The transaction cancellation system allows even the nastiest of buyers to simply reject the request – eBay’s transaction fees are secured (for eBay, of course) even if the seller refuses to send a pallot of MacBook Pros to an exiled Ethiopian prince seeking political asylum in Siberia. Add in that deadbeat buyers can still hit a seller’s feedback rating rating to the negative even if they haven’t paid, and you’ve got a marketplace that is ripe for pushing honest individuals and small businesses into the insolvency bracket. Or at least inducing a self-imposed benching.

The linked story goes even a step further, with an obvious scammer putting their credit card company in between them and Paypal. Sadly, only the seller loses, but only because eBay and Paypal have stacked the deck against them.

MG signing off (because I too have a screw loose, but I don’t mind using it for self defense)

Scammers are SO SO silly

I am trying to sell a nice little laptop via Craigslist. And sure enough, I receive a flood of offers for more than the asking price, by folks who spell like a first grader (actually, that is insulting first graders).

Crazies calling themselves “Sean Craigs” and “Samar Moreex” even go as far as to mock up fake Paypal and Bidpay “payment notifications” – afterword which they demand shipment before “accepting” these payments.

Note: that if you are interested in a loaded Dell C840 still under next day warranty, send me an email, and I will send you the details.

Now, on to the scam barrage..

Email scams effect half of all internet users

The Guardian just spit out this report which says that email scams which try to separate the recipient from their hard-earned dough effect roughly 50% of all internet users. Now there is a story that warms my heart – one that doesn’t dance around what a serious issue spam, phishing and other internet related fraud really is.

A dozen spam scams, and then some

I found a nice list of spam subjects for you to watch out for. But the list missed a few. Lets include low rate mortgages, cheap pharmaceuticals, ultra-cheap software titles, and of course the definitive guide on getting laid.