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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2018, 12:27:06 AM »

If you see something that looks odd on ebay, eg the same instrument up for sale twice, apparently from the same seller, what should you do?
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2018, 07:39:33 AM »

I've seen it several times. Assumed it was an Ebay glitch or finger trouble - does it have the same item number? Otherwise if I were interested I'd contact the seller.
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2018, 09:08:50 AM »

If you see something that looks odd on ebay, eg the same instrument up for sale twice, apparently from the same seller, what should you do?
There can often be good reasons for this, such as a relisting of an item that failed to sell or where the buyer failed to complete the purchase.
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2018, 09:16:55 AM »

There has been an ad on EBay for what seems like years, for a Hohner Morino in a gold colour. Don't know if it's the same one all the time, but it's apparently in Bulgaria. Am I right in suspecting this to be unsafe? It certainly looks dodgy to me. If only by its ubiquity.

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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2018, 05:15:30 PM »

If you see something that looks odd on ebay, eg the same instrument up for sale twice, apparently from the same seller, what should you do?

Some people will list an item more than once in all innocence, either by mistake or thinking that they're "refreshing" it/pushing it back to the top of the list by doing so. I wouldn't assume it was necessarily a bad sign by itself, or do anything on only that basis.
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2018, 05:21:59 PM »

I've seen it several times. Assumed it was an Ebay glitch or finger trouble - does it have the same item number? Otherwise if I were interested I'd contact the seller.

Only I'd be very wary if an eBay sign-in page appeared when I was trying to contact the seller, and I'd look hard to be sure it really was eBay - that could be a fake designed to steal your login/identity... ???
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2018, 05:27:41 PM »

There has been an ad on EBay for what seems like years, for a Hohner Morino in a gold colour. Don't know if it's the same one all the time, but it's apparently in Bulgaria. Am I right in suspecting this to be unsafe? It certainly looks dodgy to me. If only by its ubiquity.

It appears to be totally legit - they're a regular and well-known seller with 100% positive feedback for selling accordions and other musical instruments. But maybe buyers don't fancy the gold glitter on that one...
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Re: WARNING - new breed of eBay scammer
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2018, 01:09:26 AM »

... if I were interested I'd contact the seller.

Only I'd be very wary if an eBay sign-in page appeared when I was trying to contact the seller, and I'd look hard to be sure it really was eBay - that could be a fake designed to steal your login/identity... ???

Indeed, getting you to interact with them so they can make you "sign-in" on a fake eBay page may be more what they're really about, harvesting passwords associated with email addresses that may give them access to your accounts on other websites:

The secret of [the spammer] Milliken’s success is a sloppy security practice we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another: using the same password at multiple websites. Instead of trying to vault the formidable defenses at Twitter or Facebook, Milliken and his crew would target specialty sites like ReverbNation, Kickstarter, and the image sharing social network We Heart It—anywhere he might find poorly protected user passwords, preferably unencrypted, and the corresponding email addresses. Some percentage of them would inevitably unlock the victim’s accounts at other websites better suited for spamming.
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