Conned: $1,120 Gets You An Empty Box On eBay

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eBay customers seduced by cheap TVs and electronics have been duped thousands of dollars after a new scam was revealed by the SMH.

The con job is a little more elaborate than traditional eBay scams, even ripping off genuine online traders and recruitment sites.

Scammers advertise “sales manager” positions on job classified sites, such as Seek.

They screen applicant sellers who have high positive feedback ratios on eBay and ask them to advertise the phony products on their behalf.

When listed, customers are drawn to the item’s cheaper-than-wholesale price and are reassured by the seller’s high feedback.

Virtual_fantasia, a seller with 97% positive feedback, sold ten 55 inch Sony 3D TV sets for $1120 each; well below their recommended retail price of $2,299.

The same company also offered Samsung’s infamous Galaxy 10.1 for $550, which is $250 less than its RRP.

The pricing and seller reputation were so cheap they caught the attention of Wojtek Czarnocki, an online seller who was looking to source shipment of the device from virtual_fantasia.

 

“However, a few days after the sale, the seller had emailed us indicating that they were taken advantage of and were unable to provide the product purchased,” he said.

The email response from Virtual_fantasia detailed she was scammed and was in the processes of asking PayPal and her bank to return buyer funds.

Although she treaded with caution, she became aware of the scam when she was contacted by buyers saying they received nothing more than “an empty box.”

“It is horrible to think that someone would do this at this time of year. This has caused me immense stress and I have been in tears for the last 24 hours,” she said.

“It was not my intention to mislead any of you and I feel absolutely horrible about it.”

Although no stranger to scams, eBay claims this type of scam is not a common one.

“We are currently working with the affected buyers to establish that they have received a full refund,” the eBay spokeswoman said.

“eBay is also working closely with the relevant law enforcement agency to assist with the investigation. eBay expects all sellers to be confident of the legitimacy of their product supplier before selling on the site.”

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