Just got scammed selling iPhone on eBay

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by James17, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. James17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    Bidding was going well until end when someone with 170 feedbacks won my item, sent me an email asking to send invoice and gave me their address but within another 5 minutes I got an email from eBay saying they wiped my listing and were trying to restore the winning bidders account to its original owner. They've given me my listing fees back but I wanted the content of the listing at least to re-list.

    I should have made a copy of the listing and took a note of the other high bidders as it's all gone now. I just wasted 5 days of listing my iPhone, very angry:mad:
  2. slidetounlock macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
  3. timimbo85 macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
  4. chappy87 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Southampton, UK
    I managed to sell my 1st Gen at the 3rd attempt a few weeks ago, after the same Nigerian guy, a "Mrs Bill Jones" won my auction twice on the trot, and wanted me to ship to Nigeria- then came the fake paypal emails telling me that the paypal funds would not be released to me until I posted the item, followed by ebay emails telling me my account would be suspended. Luckily I managed to find a Second Chance bidder who paid £280 for it in the end.

    I must say, I wouldn't have been quite so alert if it wasn't for finding the same scam posted on here at various times, so thanks very much guys, for basically saving me £300!
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No it is not a scam.

    A scam would imply that you somehow lost the iPhone. You did not get scammed one bit. You're that pissed off that you have to recreate your listing? Be happy you didn't send the item off.
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    eBay timed that quick enough to prevent the scam

    That letter is supposed to arrive 5 minutes after you drop the item in the post office's outgoing box.

    I guess even accidents can happen at eBay. :p
  7. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    How is this a scam? Are you complaining that eBay saved you?
  8. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Its simple really, would you rather relist the phone or lose the phone altogether to the scammer? :rolleyes:
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. It might be a pain to relist, but the alternative is much worse.
  10. stevoeddz macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2008
    when i was trying to sell my 1st gen iphone, this happened to me 2 times in a row. luckily it finally sold to a legit buyer for $450.

    i probably got 5 emails from each scammer claiming to be paypal or ebay. the last one i received made me laugh. the guy claimed to be the fbi!!! ahahha. in the emails, there english sucks.

    i really wanted to just ship them a box with a spring loaded boxing glove inside it to maybe teach them a lesson.:p
  11. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    A scam? I'd call it a happy ending.
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Welcome to selling on ebay and you didn't get scammed.

    Happened to me before. Sold a Thinkpad on ebay, I was expect more than $1000, but somehow it go to $6000. I was paid and I had withdrawn my money already, ready to ship. Then get an email from ebay asking me to give the money back... :(
  13. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    A 24 hour auction for iPhones is usually sufficient. 5 days is WAY longer than you need.
  14. James17 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    eBay has a specific policy on iPhone sales and the minimum is a 5 day listing in the UK, 1 and 3 day listings are banned!
  15. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Katy, TX
    kind of of topic but has anyone noticed when they buy something and place a max bid of lets say 40 dollars, the auction always ends at like 39.50? I have had this happen a few times, and its probably just a coincidence but can the seller see what the max bid is and then boost it up to just below your max?
  16. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Interesting. Things must have changed since I sold mine just a few weeks ago here in the US.
  17. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    cherry point
    Happened to me to and i went as far as turning the phone into fedex and paying for shipping, something just didn't feel right about all the paypal emails so that night i went home and called paypal and found out it was a scam. the next morning i went to fedex and got my iphone before the shipment went out. cost me 5$ but hey better than loosing my iphone. i have decided to keep it and unlocked it and now use it as a ipod touch in the car. it doesnt work here anyways and now i have the 3G. So i just use it as a 8gb touch
  18. James17 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    After relisting it last night I've received so many fake emails supposedly from eBay and Paypal asking for a tracking number before I send the phone. If that's not it, I've had more fake emails today about my new listing asking for deals outside of eBay, them Nigerian ones saying they will pay £600/$1200 for a 2G 8GB iPhone when a brand new 3G one is a lot less, fakers! I have no luck with eBay.
  19. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    You will get those offers for anything you sell on eBay. I sold three iPhones and a MB and MBP last month and got those stupid offers for everything I sold.
  20. ec51 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
  21. monkeytennis macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    LOL! I got a Mrs Bill Jones as well, exactly the same pattern of emails too. They bid £1000 for my old Nokia N95... I knew something was up by that point :)
  22. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    This is far from a scam.
  23. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    The Pre-AOL Internet

    Remember the days on the Internet before AOL had connected ?

    When the people you posted with on Usenet were honest and in awe of this innovative Internet?

    Then came the posers, carpet baggers, politicians, spammers, porn-purveyors & scammers.

    Sorry to learn of your e-bay auction getting wasted. E-bay: a waste of time.
  24. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    You had cash money in hand and you didn't ship the item because ebay told you not to? Nosir....I don't believe that. Sorry.
  25. Amt macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    That happened to me too when I was selling my old iPhone. =|

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