Auctions: Buying Items

How the scam works:

You are trying to purchase an item on eBay and are getting ready to pay through PayPal. The seller contacts you and tells you he’s having a problem with his PayPal.


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He says he’ll give you a bank account number and ask you to add it to your profile. Then you can use the Withdrawal feature to take money out of your account and drop it right into their bank account.

You do as you’re told and wait for the item, as usual. The only issue is, the item never comes. Instead of Fed Ex knocking at your door, you get the police. They inform you you’re facing criminal charges for adding a stolen account to your profile.

How to avoid:

Just don’t use this feature for a transaction. There’s no way for eBay to track your payment and there’s too much that can go wrong.

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