A New Twist the eBay Scam Using Skrill, Its a HUGE Ripoff
This post is a brand new eBay scam using Skrill payments. Its a doozy! Keep reading.
Last week I came across this listing... # 321566576589 on eBay
Further down the listing you see this
Uh Oh, the first strong whiff of the eBay Scam Using Skrill, the First Warning
- "Also I want to let you know that you will have the opportunity to receive and inspect the set before you actually pay for it. If you are interested and want to know more details regarding the purchase just contact me.".. with his email address in the "PS"..
Its A TRAP...BUT How....?
The New eBay Scam Using Skrill Escrow Payments
(new and improved)
After seeing this, I knew from past experience, he had listed the items only to garner interest. He then pulled the listing after getting I am sure a few inquiries about the pieces. They were either buyers asking for more information or buyers who had made straight out Buy It Now Offers. For this seller its time to cash out.
The question in these cases isn't whether he is a crook or not, but on HOW he is planning to take your money, whats the END GAME?
The Scam Progresses
To find out, I sent him my eMail information and waited for his next move. After a couple days, his response came, along with some very well done images of the pieces, from all sides. It also included his pitch.
Warning # 5 Now he wants me put the money in ESCROW at "Skrill" . (Skrill is a legitimate payment system, like Pay Pal in the EU mostly. They however do have a poor reputation and a longish history with Scammers. So once I get the pieces I let SKRILL know to release the funds to the seller now in Spain "On business".
hmm..O know what some of you are thinking.Ok, maybe I was wrong on this, maybe he's legit? Have I misjudged him?
Ans: Not hardly..this is a new eBay scam using Skrill escrow payments with a very clever twist.
Hint, notice how the word "ELEPHANT" is in a different Font than the rest of the text, this indicates he's using a form letter and is only cutting and pasting it into eMails, and simply inserting the name of the item being used in the crime..
So I took a quick look at the Skrill site, saw how I could easily open an account. So when I as THE BUYER make a purchase I can request the money be held in Escrow until the item is received. Then, I authorize them to pay the seller. I wondered how can he screw me on this?
So, I sent him this reply...trying to figure out his angle.
Spotting the Scam
First this one.
OMG! You have just saved me $1500. I have been on Ebay for many years and I am always leary about auctions like this. I spent hours researching the item, an “Irish silver freedom box.” Then when I emailed him that I was interested the response email was basically the same as yours. Except he added his maid to it and changed his name to Ralph Murphy and he’s in Pelham, AL.
Please check the attachments for more photos. My maid will do the delivery for me, so I don’t have to be in US to complete the transaction.
Regarding the payment I want to make the transaction through Skrill. This way you will have the opportunity to inspect the box before you actually pay for it. I’m saying this because you will have a maximum 14 days inspection period. You will send the money to Skrill and they will keep the money for us. Payment is held by Skrill until you receive and approve the box, I won’t have access to the money until you will give them your approval. As soon as Skrill has the money I will ship the box to you.
Skrill releases funds to the Seller once the inspection period has passed without the Buyer requesting cancellation of the transaction and upon Skrill verification of the transaction information. The inspection period is agreed to by both the Buyer and the Seller and commences once the Buyer has received the item. Funds are released to the Seller the same or next business day after completion of the transaction and upon verification by Internet Skrill Services.
As soon as I will have your full name and also your full shipping address I will open an escrow case with Skrill and they will give you step by step details on how to proceed with the deal and to make the payment.
Once I received his email, I started researching Skrill, as I had never heard of it. That was when I discovered your article. Hopefully many folks will research prior to sending him any details. Again thanks so much for removing any doubt I had about this “too good to be true” auction!
(Another thing that I thought was weird was he has an AOL account. Who has AOL any more? )
Thanks for letting me know, We’re so pleased it helped you avoid losing a pile of money.
Best regards, Peter Combs