Scammer alert on e-bay for Boss Hoss.
I listed my Boss Hoss on e-bay – seems like there is some type of phishing scam taking place.
(What is phishing, From Wikipedia : Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.)
Here is what they were did :-
Firstly, they bid on my e-bay bike auction and they were the highest bidder at the end of the auction and had 1 prior purchase so had a 100% rating (probably a fake buy to get their rating).
So e-bay sends myself and the seller an e-mail saying that I sold my bike and that they were the winner and for me to contact the buyer and secure the $500 deposit via PayPal.
So, I send a PayPal request to the buyer for the $500 down payment and request the balance via a Cashers Check – now they have my e-mail address to make a payment to via
I also send them a separate e-mail message via e-bay. The buyer is apparently in Oslo,
Norway and I also ask for details on how they intend to collect or ship the bike.
I never hear back from the buyer at all, and they do not pay the deposit via PayPal.
The next day, I get an e-mail from another dude, or same scammer but different e-mail address.
This e-mail looks like it comes from e-bay, but the URL has “e-bay-inc” in the address and none of the links work – it appears and looks like the message comes from the genuine e-bay message, but it is not.
This 2nd e-mailer (or same scammer with another e-mail address) now states that he/she/it wants to buy my bike cash.
Buyer beware and also seller beware
It seems like these scammers are somehow going to try to get hold of my bank account, needless to say I’m not communicating with them any longer.
So if someone bids on your e-bay auction, especially with low prior bid count a send them an e-mail and ask if they are a genuine buyer, if you don’t her back from them, then cancel their bid.
I now have to wait 4 days, before I can let e-bay know that I was almost scammed by a non-paying buyer and a phishing ploy, and will have to file a request to have my e-bay fees reversed which are about $140.
Some people are lower than shark sh1t in shallow water.