weird message on ebay from previously unknown account

RCO

Well-Known Member
Your wise being wary.

forgot to mention when I clicked on there ebay profile its really weird , I mentioned it only has a feedback score of 1

but it also says there based in Australia , first joined ebay in 2014 and the 1 feedback score they have is from 2017

so it just seems really off but there initial message makes reference to specific towns in this area and even a specific book published about it , so it seems like they had some connection to my area .

but the account there using is just so weird I wouldn't even consider setting up any sort of in person sale at this point , I'd sell them items posted on ebay if they paid obviously but no to anything off the site
 

brent little

Well-Known Member
Its not un common for a person to set up an account and they dont use it. i dealt with a person whos account was from 2012 and they only had 9 deals done. They probably are from your area. Not sure how the meeting would happen. They could be in canada now.
 

UncleBruce

BEER DUDE
I changed my Ebay name and it did not zero out my sales or purchases as I thought it would. You are still the same person just a different name. I was worried about losing my rating for nothing.
I had forgotten about this. I too have changed my feeBay user id (many many moons ago) and nothing changed, ratings, personal, finance, etc. all stayed the same.
I deal on ebay also and have had my share of scams. i bought a killer Patented hamilton bottle from England and the guy claimed it was lost in the post. i really believe he never really sent it. i had quite a time recovering my money. Its all based on what you tell eBay. if you say you shipped it they pretty much take it at face value. They do nothing until you say,"Hey i got scammed!".
I've had good luck with the feeBay returns system, (rarely used) though sometimes it takes quite a bit of time. Never dealt with in international seller so that could have been the problem.
 
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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I had forgotten about this. I to have changed my feeBay user id (many many moons ago) and nothing changed, ratings, personal, finance, etc. all stayed the same.

I've had good luck with the feeBay returns system, (rarely used) though sometimes it takes quite a bit of time. Never dealt with in international seller so that could have been the problem.
Me too, use PayPal they can be your ace in the hole so to speak.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

jmv

Member
I presume this is someone unsavvy who spotted a previous item and is now bored in solitude, and wants to see more. However, as you have nothing to offer, you need to do nothing more than tell him you have nothing available right now, but feel free to follow for more in the future.

The Australia connection is what makes it weird, but people do more around, and it is possible someone has relocated.

The presumption that they want to deal ‘off-ebay’ is also a risk and to be avoided. Phishing is a risk, but their unfamiliarity with such trades is likely to result in lowball offers well below market rates. Not worth the hassle on any day, especially not now.

I’m not convinced this is an outright con, as there is not enough information here, but their followup reply to a polite response will be more revealing of their intentions I think. Take care, happy Christmas!
 

RCO

Well-Known Member
I presume this is someone unsavvy who spotted a previous item and is now bored in solitude, and wants to see more. However, as you have nothing to offer, you need to do nothing more than tell him you have nothing available right now, but feel free to follow for more in the future.

The Australia connection is what makes it weird, but people do more around, and it is possible someone has relocated.

The presumption that they want to deal ‘off-ebay’ is also a risk and to be avoided. Phishing is a risk, but their unfamiliarity with such trades is likely to result in lowball offers well below market rates. Not worth the hassle on any day, especially not now.

I’m not convinced this is an outright con, as there is not enough information here, but their followup reply to a polite response will be more revealing of their intentions I think. Take care, happy Christmas!

think your right they saw a previous add and though I might have other items related to it that they'd actually want .

I've never actually sold them anything ever as far as I know .

never heard anything back and I don't plan to make them any specific offers at this time as I don't really have anything I'd want to sell them anyways

and who wants to meet in person during covid
 

relic rescuer

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I've heard of that before , there is police stations that do such if you have doubts about the buyer/seller .

they never told me what there name was , just claimed to live in the same area , there ebay name didn't mean anything to me or remind me of any local names , but there could be people active on ebay here that I don't know , as its online and has a lot of users
You'd think that someone that wants you to trust them would post their name right off? Sounds a little suspicious to me too. You might want to look into reporting the whole thing.
 

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