$7000 ebay fraud
October 7, 2005 7:45 AM Subscribe
I bought a $7000 item on ebay, paid through paypal, received a giant box of sand... I know all of this guys contact info but local police, fbi, fedex, ebay and paypal don't seem to be willing to help. How can I get my money back (or should i just firebomb his house)?
posted by hummercash to law & government (51 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
k, so here are the details...
i bought a dual 2.7 g5, maxed out everything, 30" cinema display, klipsch ifi and 60gb ipod... seller emailed me and told me he had shipped me a 3'x3'x2' 65 pound box. i asked if items had their original boxes and he said everything was packed in their OEM boxes and then put into the giant box.
when fedex came, my neighbor (who is a detective w/ the philly PD) offered to help the fedex guy w/ the giant box. put it in my living room, noted a giant 2'x8" L-shaped gash in the side of the box. i then opened it in front of him and inside there were boxes filled with sand. so i called the cops, filed a report, etc.
while I waited for the cops, i called the seller and asked him what was up. he said he was really sorry, and said he thinks the contents of the box were swapped by a fedex employee while in transit. so i called fedex and put a claim in there. cops came and i filed the report.
so i start doing some detective work... i find out that there is NO physical way that the actual boxes of all the original items wouuld fit in the 3x3x2 box, and that the total weight would be more along the lines of 135 pounds. so basically i proved that this scumbag was scamming me from the beginning.
fast forward 2 months and NOTHING has happened. philly cops said they won't do shit, fbi hasn't responded to my claim at all, fedex said theres no way the stuff was swapped. ebay forwards all my claims to paypal. paypal said that they have contacted the seller and he has agreed to refund my money as long as i ship back the items. i don't want to do that because a) ill have no evidence and b) have a feeling he'll just refuse the refund and tell paypal i shiipped him back a box of sand.
so basically i now have a ton of people 'looking into the situation' but nothing seems to be happening. what are my options? i have ALL of this scumbags contact info, i know where his family members live, etc.
the guy was an ebay member for almost 3 years and had 50+ 100% feedback rating, he seemed like a casual trader. what i think happened is that this guy needed some quick money and heard somewhere that ebay scams were an easy way to make quick $$$. i say this because he called me a few times AFTER i told him the boxes were filled w/ sand, so he certainly didn't seem like an experienced scammer.
ive had plenty of offers from friends and family to go out there and 'talk' with the guy. at this point im tempted to take them up on those offers. WHAT SHOULD I DO???
help me :(