E-Bay Seller Scammed

By: Marcie Kobriger
By: Marcie Kobriger

A young man from Elkhart sold two speakers on E-Bay to who he thought was a legitimate buyer in the UK.

Yesterday he received payment for two speakers, but was surprised when he tore open the envelope.

Thirty three hundred dollars for a four hundred dollar transaction sounds like a good deal.

That is what Jeremey Keenum thought he received yesterday morning when he tore open a UPS envelope, sent to him for payment for an E-Bay sale.

After the buyer told him to wire the extra money to a shipping company, Keenum went to cash in, “I immediately went to the bank to try to cash them and the teller recognized that they might have been fraudulent to begin with.”

Jeremy says he thought something was a little off before hand.

His auction was listed as local buyers only, but the buyer was listed as being from the UK.

The payment had a return address from Illinois, but was traced back as being sent from the Bronx.

When he got the call to wire the extra money to Europe he and his father knew something was wrong.

Jeremy still has no idea who the buyer actually was, and since they deleted their E-Bay account and aren't answering phone calls, he probably never will know.

Bankers say in any transaction the best way to protect yourself is to know who it is your dealing with, but have little advice on dealing with internet transactions.

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