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BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones and his eBay/PayPal email scam

By Dan Wilson November 20, 2014 - 6:53 am

Most of you will know Rory Cellan-Jones as the BBC’s technology correspondent. He’s often on the wireless, tube and website talking tech and he was targeted by a scammer when selling on eBay recently.

You can read the piece here.

Guess what. He was selling a smartphone and it was the old address switeroo credit card scam from Nigeria. We wrote earlier this month about how you can sell a smartphone safely on eBay a few weeks back.

The piece makes for interesting reading and Rory makes a very key point: “What’s the biggest problem holding back the development of online commerce? Surely it is the fact that fraud continues to undermine confidence.”

Thankfully he didn’t fall for it. But it is clearly still a problem and one that we would like eBay and PayPal to redouble efforts on preventing. And an educational drive for casual sellers too would be no bad thing either.

  • 3 years ago

    Is anyone else experiencing the same problem ?
    In our listings we sell similar items, ie; door handles, we sell the same size handles in various colours, so we used to be able to create a link between all the variations, this link has now been broken for the last 5-6 weeks. Spoke to customer support and they have noted my complaint but will not do anything about it because as far as I can tell I am the only one with this problem.
    Would be interested to know if anyone else is suffering from the same problem, any advice would be appreciated ?

    • 3 years ago

      Hi Mark. We have what I think is a very similar problem. Funnily enough our problem is with furniture handles. We have various handles on eBay and 4 of them that included variations all developed faults within ebay making it impossible to revise. Its a nightmare and after months of speaking with eBay they admitted it could not be fixed and we would have to end the listing. One in particular is our biggest seller and we are not willing to end it. Its a tricky one.