Fake listings/tracking details

edited 12 July 2022 at 8:07PM in Ebay, auctions, car boot sales, post & parcels
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booterbooter Forumite
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Am I missing something?! A couple of occasions recently I've spotted what I thought were good deals on household items (1 x grocery, 1 x diy). (Not stupidly, too good to be true cheap, but a good deal).  New sellers, less than 5 feedback, but I figure we've all gotta start somewhere 🤷‍♀️

Both occasions seller has despatched within 30 mins 🤨 and uploaded tracking- which a few days later shows as delivered. But not to me - both to addresses in towns miles away.  Both items have been refunded by ebay, no problem. But it's annoying, and I can't figure out how the "seller" benefits?! Am I missing something? Is it some sort of scam?

Oh, and the seller now does not exist.....🤷‍♀️


  • forgotmynameforgotmyname Forumite
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    Seller benefits if they get lucky enough to withdraw the money before ebay or paypal block the account.  Many scams through one account
    and they take it out fast. Many more accounts ready to go when that one fails.

    Several ways to get the funds safe, if they are any good they will usually know the limits before more protection kicks in and which
    categories to avoid.  But there are plenty of fresh upstarts who make silly mistakes right from the start.

    Censorship Reigns Supreme in Troll City...

  • LateNightHunterLateNightHunter Forumite
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    Yeah, it's a huge thing right now. I got an Amazon package about 6 months ago and it was addressed to soneone else, but had my address on it.

    I sent it back to Amazon that day and then had someone come round and try and claim it. Told them I'd sent it back and closed the door!
    "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"
  • booterbooter Forumite
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    Never ceases to amaze, the machinations of a dishonest mind 🤨🙄
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