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I think I just got scammed....is there anything I can do?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by mfriedl1, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. mfriedl1

    mfriedl1 Regular Member

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    Ok so I really feel stupid, but I don't know what to do now...

    I took a job posted on a freelance website to sell stuff on eBay for a company in Japan.

    I posted a few items, forwarding buyer questions to my contact for answers. Out of 45 items, 29 sold. (3 auctions - 2 with quantites of 20, one with 5) Totally almost $1500 in sales.

    Buyers paid by paypal and I forwarded the money to my contact less my commission and ebay and paypal fees.

    I got tracking numbers for all of them, (tracked through the Hong Kong Postal service - he said it was cheaper to mail from hong kong ). The first set of 11 tracking numbers were OK, the second set don't work and its been a week.

    Buyers are complaining that the tracking info doesnt' work and I had one buyer say the item was fake (my contact assured me they were genuine when the question was asked).

    Now I can't seem to get in touch with him....

    Is there anything that I can do here or am I screwed to pay out of my own pocket for refunds (for which I REALLY don't have the money for)


    Please, I really need some help here!!
     
  2. hiderightnow

    hiderightnow Junior Member

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    If you cannot contact him you should ask a refund for the payments you have been sent to this guy ( If you have forwarded the payments by paypal ).
     
  3. Scotland

    Scotland Regular Member

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    Yeah mate,

    I think you should reverse all the payments through paypal

    At least the buyers will have their cash back, you might need to make up the difference of the fees though, not sure if they will refund them....

    Shocking when this happens...
     
  4. mfriedl1

    mfriedl1 Regular Member

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    I did forward payments via paypal, but his policy isi that he won't refund the money until the item is received back, but he hasn't given me any return information like the address to tell the buyer to send to, or if an RMA number is needed etc.

    I fear that since I'm having problems, he may just ignore me....if I request the money back through paypal's resolution system, will he be forced to pay the money back?


    I'm so upset!!! This may ruin my eBay account....I have 100% postive feedback right now and I know im problaby looking at neg feedback or my account being banned since I can't bear the brunt of issuing refunds of $1500.
     
  5. hiderightnow

    hiderightnow Junior Member

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    As I understand he is the one who doesn't respect the agreement you had with him, I see no reason not to ask for a refund. Eventually you can contact him for the last time and tell him that you will ask for a refund if the merchandise will not be shipped to your buyers. Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. Kid Shaleen

    Kid Shaleen Regular Member

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    It sounds like a slightly different form of a rather classic off-the-net scam. I think you got took hard.

    Might I suggest that you run a set of searches on google and the other engines to see how the scam has played out with others and with luck discover one or more solutions to your problem?
     
  7. 2 4 k

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    If you have tried to contact and have no response open a Paypal dispute IMMEDIATELY!

    Make notes in the dispute form that you have tried to contact but recieved no reply so had no choice but to use dispute process.

    State clearly that you can NOT verify Postal / Tracking numbers and customers are unhappy, this should help your case with P/Pal as the seller needs to prove postage of items.

    Unfortunately sometimes P/Pal can not recover funds if he has emptied account.

    Good luck
     
  8. mfriedl1

    mfriedl1 Regular Member

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    I just talked to paypal and they are going to investigate the owner of the paypal acct I made the payments to but the rep told me he doesn't know if they will be able to get the money back. He suggested that I contact my local authorities but I don't see how that will help if this dirtbag is in Hong Kong or Tokyo.

    This really sucks....If they won't refund the money so I can refund my buyers, Im screwed! I don't have nearly enough in my paypal account and if they hit my checking account I'll be royally screwed....Not to mention neg feedback and probably losing my ebay account.....

    I'm really scared that I won't be able to recover from this.
     
  9. Metalstar

    Metalstar Registered Member

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    Local authorities..LMFAO. They won't do a damn thing. Paypal took 1100 dollars from me one day because someone from another state bought my items using a stolen credit card. I traced the bastard to the library he wrote emails from and to his house. I even got the addresses from other sellers that got scammed and told the police where he was picking up items...they didn't do a thing. I sued Paypal and won my money back because they were the ones letting the guy use a stolen card.

    This Ebay thing kind of reminds me of the secret shopper western union scam.
     
  10. jmason616

    jmason616 Regular Member

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    You need to file a "not as described" complaint for the transactions between you and the person you are selling the stuff for. This is the best way to get your money back. Say they are fake, etc...
     
  11. rocket

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    buy a 100k xrumer blast and tell the world he's a crook.
     
  12. 1stargeneral

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    Oh dear! I think that thing(yeah i call him that thing) use blackhat method on you but this time in a high degree...lol. Well same with me. Investigate if he has other accounts on ebay, check if he has diff emails and all that. Hey c'mon we are bhatters, we can help nail this guy.
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  13. turbohacker

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    No they dont, I got scammed a couple of years ago and I lost a lot of money. Local police did jack shite to help, nor did paypal. Fraud protection my arse!

    I hope all goes well for you, but I must warm you it is unlikely you'll recieve any monies back from paypal!
     
  14. stressfree

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    you have been scammed. Learn from it
     
  15. onizuka

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    Sorry to hear this. I would file a complaint with paypal immediately. If he has already emptied the account though you may be out of luck.

    Local authorities won't help with this but I know there is a nation board where you can report fraud online but honestly I doubt they go after anything less then the biggest scams.
     
  16. sexyFilipinab&wHat

    sexyFilipinab&wHat Newbie

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    scammers everywhere, even if you hunt him down, he will not cooperate. you would have to accept the losses and deal with the person by making reports about him, the website, creating warnings.
     
  17. Adlad

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    If you sold 29 items for $1,500 and 11 were shipped out, doesn't that mean the total potentially lost is closer to $1,000?

    I think you should keep trying to get in contact with the original supplier. If they sent out 1/3 of the order, then they're obviously not total scammers (assuming what they sent out wasn't just empty packages).

    Then you should contact all the eBay buyers who are waiting on their orders. Tell them there has been a supplier issue but you are trying your best to resolve it. Try to find an alternative source for the items they ordered and send it them as a replacement, that way you can reduce the amount of money you'd have to give in refunds.

    Sucks to be in this position, but you have to be so damn careful dealing with this sort of thing. Especially if you're hard up for cash in the first place