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Scams at Ebay and Paypal

Patricia Johnson is a freelance writer living in Indiana. She agreed to write for starredreviews about real incident that happened with her. In her own words – “I just hope it helps someone else from being scammed.”

As much as I hate to admit it, I was caught up in a scam. I should have followed my gut instinct and realized that when something sounds to good to be true it probably is, and to not just walk, but run as fast as you can from it. Hopefully my story will help others from getting scammed out of their hard earned money.


As with most couples today, you have a budget as to what bills are being paid and how much and no matter how hard you try, there are times when you have too many bills and not enough money or you just want a little extra money. Both of these were the case when I got caught in the scam.

My husband and I are both disabled. He is receiving his disability check and I have just applied so you can already see how tight money can be. I am a freelance writer but that does not bring a lot of money.

I belong to a big writing site, which will remain anonymous, and I have seen these job offerings for eBay sellers. I will admit that I thought long and hard before I bid on one of these jobs but I finally did. This employer contacted me and offered me a position. First clue, she did not want to hire through the site so like a dummy I agreed to sell without being awarded the job.

I had an eBay store so I placed the Blackberry phones in my store and within thirty minutes they were sold. I kept the percentage of my fee and sent the rest to this woman via PayPal. Needless to say, she did not send out the phones, nor did she answer my emails asking for the tracking numbers, and the carrier she used to ship them out. I sent her several emails telling her why I needed this information but they were ignored.

In the mean time, my Paypal account had a limitation put on it, which was the first indication that something was wrong. I could receive money, and issue refunds, but nothing else. All that money was froze.

I contacted PayPal who said that I had a dispute, and could file a claim, which I did. This woman had ten days to respond to the claim. On the ninth day I called to see what was going on, and was told that I would have my money, which I had sent her, back by Saturday afternoon if she did not respond by midnight the next day, April 1st. Just as we were hanging up, the representative told me that a mistake had been made.

Since it was a person to person claim, I should never have been allowed to file a claim, and immediately closed the claim. I was very angry and demanded to talk to a supervisor. The representative told me that she would have one call me. They called me that Saturday and informed me that I should have never been allowed to file a claim or dispute, and that since I had done something illegal, they were closing my account.

I had no idea at the time of these transactions that I had done anything illegal but they did not want to listen to what I had to say. I was extremely mad and disappointed in PayPal. I feel that PayPal should have a fraud department that handles cases like this because if they could put a limitation on my account, why couldn’t they put a limitation on her account. I made a mistake and get my account restricted while she is a fraud and scammer who gets no limitations on her account and can continue her fraud and scams.

I went back to the writing site, and saw that she is still advertising for eBay sellers. When ever I see her listing, I leave a message in capital letters that she is a fraud and will steal your money. In her ad she states that she wants honest people.

I am getting ready to file a fraud charge on her plus I have requested a refund from her via PayPal, which I am sure I will never see. I also wonder if the two people who ordered the phones are not part of her scam ring. According to her profile on the job site she lives in Denver and has a company, but I could not find the company on the internet. The two that bought the phones live in Florida.

I just want to let everyone out there to not get caught up in the thought of some quick and easy money because you will land up like me. You will become a victim of fraud and will have to pay back money to the people who were possibly scammed by buying the merchandise.

There is no real way to tell if they are all part of an internet scam ring or not but when I file my fraud report, I am going to include them also. This was a very expensive lesson, almost $800 but I only had to refund $400 to the two who “supposingly” bought the phones. Why I say over $800, I am including the amount I sent to her for payments for the phones sold.

If you see someone advertising for an eBay seller, do no answer the ad. Common sense, which evaded me that day, should have told me that if they had things to sell, why did they need a middle man.

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  1. June 20th, 2012 at 19:44 | #1

    Hey there, is anybody able to give information on free Ebay app that can auto-bid just before the auction ends? (I cannot remember the correct term for this. Thank-you

  2. June 22nd, 2012 at 17:29 | #2

    Hi, can anybody able to recommend on free Ebay app that can bid automatically just as the auction ends? (I forget the correct term for this. thankyou