EBay, redux

Okay, those of you who asked if I had run into scammers on EBay? I said, “no?” I would like to change my answer:

Dear fdmts,

Hello,i am the winner of your item so i want you to give me your pay pal email address or send me a payment request from pay pal,am very sorry for any inconveniences. I am a bonafide member of the USAID combating Hiv/Aids in Africa,i have been assigned to one of those countries in Africa for the vulnerable children and i will be taking my leave to Africa on the 2nd of this month which is tomorrow and i really need this item for my personal use over there so i have made inquiry for the shipment via EMS/USPS PRIORITY MAIL to Africa and i was told that it is $100 so i will be adding it to the item cost and i will contact pay pal for your money right now and i want you to ship out the item when you get notification from pay pal.

God Bless.

It’s worth noting that part of the magic of the PayPal / EBay connection is that *I* don’t have to do anything. The seller can provide either their paypal account or a credit card – and it funnels into an escrow space on my account. Once I see the money in escrow, I ship the product. I don’t have to share anything out of band.

To their credit, EBay sent me the note below, a few minutes later:

Hello fdmts,

We’re writing to let you know that any recent bids by lindabenson1055 may have been placed by someone who was not authorized to use that account. We’re currently restoring the account to its true owner and have canceled all recent bids.

As a result of the bid cancellation, there is a possibility that the current high bidder has changed. You can always view the current status of any item by going to the individual item page. (Please be sure to refresh or reload the page to view the most up-to-date information.)

Thank you for your understanding.


eBay Customer Support

Nice. Stay classy, internet.

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