I've found that when you get one of these second chance offers, go back to the original ebay auction--by doing a search on ebay, not by hitting the link provided with the second chance offer, and ask the seller a question. If it is legit, he should respond to confirm that there is a second chance offer. If not, then it is a scam. Lou Deeter, Orlando FL
-----Original Message----- From: C. Andrews <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 08:56:17 -0700 Subject: [CR]re: ebay scammers
Dan further wrote, in part:
dealt with Mogulpal several months ago- bid on his Gios, didn't win it as it never reached reserve. Contacted Mogulpal thru E-Bay after the auction about a "second chance" purchase option. MogulPal sent me bogus e-mails appearing to be from E-Bay notifying me I'd won the bike & asked me to send money by Western Union, as his Paypal acct was down. In reviewing Mogulpal's
Hm. Dan, this kind of scam has been going on on ebay for at least a year that I know of, and probably longer. Scammers have sent second-chance offers to people who've bid on my stuff too. There is absolutely nothing an honest seller can do about it. Ebay doesn't seem to care either.
So, buyer-beware is the order of the day. If you get any kind of second-chance offer on a high-dollar item on ebay, you have to check it thoroughly before responding. Usually it's easy to tell the legitimate from the illegitimate offers.
Again, I repeat, mogulpal is a totally honest guy, and a good seller. His auctions have been scammed by someone. The scammers find high-dollar items, then try to con potential buyers.
Moral of the story is that ebay is a wild and wooly place, safe for the sceptical among us only.
Charles Andrews SoCal
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