I have been reading lately
about many cases of people, who are the victims of conmen on the internet
auction website Ebay. I myself had a negative experience a number
of years ago when a man tried to steal £170 from me. I was one
of the lucky ones as I managed to get the money back.
I had been having lots of fun buying and selling on Ebay for a
number of months, without any problems at all. I regularly sold
second hand mobile phones and was making a fair amount of money
for very little effort. If I ever bought anything that cost over
£100, I would always meet the seller somewhere, normally just
off the motorway. I managed to purchase what I felt were some real
bargains and also sold off many items which I no longer needed or
This fun and easy way of earning cash was soon to come to an end.
Maybe I am a bit of a fool, but it came as quite a shock when it
On one particular day, I was scouring ebay, looking to purchase
another second hand mobile phone, which I would then re-sell, hopefully
for a profit. I eventually found an advert for a buy it now phone,
with the asking price low but not extremely low. It was available
for only £170, I believed I could quite easily make a profit
of at least £50 at this price.
On the advert there was a mobile number, which I could phone if
I had any questions. I duly did this and a man calling himself Tony
answered. I asked him the general type questions, which he was happy
to answer. He sounded and seemed really nice, however stated that
he was unable to meet me as he was unable to drive, as he had yet
to pass his driving test. The alarm bells should have started ringing,
but for whatever reason, they didn't.
As his house was a long way from where I lived, I reluctantly agreed
to pay via a bank transfer. He assured me he would post the phone
that very day via Royal Mail Special Delivery to arrive by noon
the next day. He seemed very genuine, they always do your thinking
and that was that.
As you will no doubt have guessed, no phone arrived the next day
or in fact any day.
I tried contacting Tony via e-mail, text and by phoning his mobile
phone, there was no reply.
I realised what a fool I had been, however decided to go to the
police. They were very helpful and about half an hour later I had
a crime number, however was warned that it was very unlikely I would
ever see a phone or receive a refund of my money. The police advised
me to be very careful as they regularly have complaints from people
who have been defrauded on ebay, I was not alone!
Outside the police station I sent Tony a text with the police crime
number. To my shock he phoned me straight away swearing at me but
eventually agreed to refund me the money, if I stopped the police
action against him.
I was very lucky, I am sure many other people as the police stated,
never get their money back.
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