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Beware When Selling On eBay and Using Paypal

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I have been a member of eBay and paypal since 2004, I have never once had an issue with either. I have 100% positive feedback on eBay, and my standing with paypal is excellent. So excellent, I was granted a Bill Me Later account with them. I recently, decided to start selling items I no longer use or need on eBay so that it would help pay bills. Things are slow on my end and bills need paid.

I think this may have been a BIG mistake…

I had a $50 itunes gift card that I placed for sale on eBay, I set the price to $30 with the buy it now of $50. By the end of the day it was purchased. Monday the 17th, I received a notice it was purchased using the Buy it Now button, then a message from the buyer…

hello. i just bought itunes gift $50. please scratch the card and send me the code. i need the code to use ASAP. thank you

– jacks-sharr


I had no problem doing this, I NEVER had an issue before. I even had it in my description I would do this for the person, so they didn’t have to wait. When I am purchasing things online I hate waiting. I went into paypal to verify they did pay for the item, I compared both eBay and paypal information. Both email address, and home address all matched. So I seen no issue in sending them the code.

I sent the code through eBay message I have all the proof… Again I didn’t see this as an issue. This morning I watch up to an email from paypal…

An unauthorized account activity claim was recently filed against the
following transaction.

Oh no that bitch DID NOT!

I go to paypal and look at the dispute they want information showing the person got the code… I sent the screenshots, then I reported the buyer to eBay, called eBay on the phone.

eBay informed me that when it was all said and done, I would still receive the funds because they seen where the person did get the code, I was transferred over to paypal to discuss the dispute with them, and they to said once it was over I would get the funds. However, I informed him of the scam this person is pulling this same person purchased 3 other itunes gift cards on eBay with the same account…

I explained to him that I have been a member since 2004 and how unfair this whole process is… I mean that was $50 going towards my electric bill that is due next week, if I don’t have the money I will be shut off, why do you think I am selling things on eBay, then to wake up to this… Yes, I am not in a good state of mind right now and I want to blow.

So this guy assures me, just like the eBay rep that I was going to still get the $50, however, the guy wants to discuss this with someone else puts me on hold, and then I get another rep on the phone. This lady was something else…

Said basically if it comes back this account was unauthorized I am the one screwed. I explained to her what happened, she said I wasn’t protected as a seller because I sent the code via eBay message. EVEN though two other people one from eBay and one from Paypal have already told me I AM protected…

She basically said if the IP addresses don’t match it was unauthorized.

So what does this mean? It means you can pretty much spoof your ip address go purchase a bunch of gift cards have them sent to you via eBay message, and then cancel payment.


I am sick to my stomach right now, and if eBay and Paypal fail to protect me after I have been an honest and loyal customer for 10 years, I will be removing myself from both platforms. It’s bad enough to be scammed from someone from eBay, a site you were supposed to be able to trust, but to also be scammed from them and paypal, I cannot handle.

I hopefully will no the outcome within the next 10 days. I have bills due so this is even more upsetting. :(

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Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.

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