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Top Ten eBay Scams

Scam One

June 15, 2004. eBay agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused its PayPal payment service of mishandling customer complaints about fraud.

The suit, said that PayPal routinely failed to respond to customer complaints about fraud or account errors.

In the settlement eBay agreed to provide customers' detailed disclosures when they register for a PayPal account investigate account errors more quickly and provide users quarterly account statements by e-mail.

Scam Two

July 24, 2004. A San Diego police officer and his wife were accused of conducting a major fencing operation out of a Chula Vista warehouse.

The Estrellas bought stolen property directly from thieves, and then sold it on eBay. James Estrella has been a San Diego officer for 15 years. Authorities said that the property recovered was valued at more than $275,000. John Estrellas received two years in jail and a $30,000 fine.

Scam Three

January 28, 2005. Gilbert Vartanian defrauded at least 10 eBay buyers of nearly $100,000, and he now faces 12 counts of mail fraud that could net him 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Vartanian pleaded not guilty. Vartanian offered tickets for Knicks games, as well as for games involving the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Jets.

Vartanian used his nygiants031 eBay account to place the winning bids on five auctions in which he was offering items for sale under another screen account name. This resulted in a better rating thus enhancing his creditability.

Scam Four

October 15, 200.4 A Scam known as "second chance" emerged in Britain . People who lost an auction were sent an email offering them a second chance to buy goods they bid for. When the consumer clicked on a link in the email, they were taken to a hacker's website where their credit card details were stolen. The scam cost British eBay users millions.

Scam Five

Dec 4, 2004. A group of three high school students Steven Matthew St. John, Joseph Daniel Owen and Lance Allen Miller, all 17, were arrested and charged with five counts each of felonious breaking and entering and four counts each of felony larceny. The group stole more than $100,000 worth of property and then tried to sell some of the goods, such as computers and computer parts on eBay.

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