5 Ways You Can Prevent Yourself From Being Scammed On Ebay

Ebay is a great online auction site where you can get some pretty good deals. However, it can be daunting to some who worry about their safety in regards to payment transactions and fraud.

Consequently eBay have drawn up their own set of rules for sellers that can help to protect consumers, and have created systems that ensure customers get exactly what they have paid for while preventing fraud taking place. Check them out here and here or call them for more information.

In addition, and because we don’t want you to miss out on the exciting world of eBay, here are 5 ways you can prevent yourself from becoming vulnerable to scammers and fraudsters online.

Use a protected computer

It is of significant importance that you do regular virus scans on your computer, and make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date. If not, you could put yourself at risk of fraud and hackers may be able to access your account details.

Keep all your emails and messages from transactions

No matter if you’re buying or selling on eBay, it’s equally important to keep all of your emails and messages related to the transaction on ‘my ebay’. That way, if something goes wrong, you’ll have proof of purchase or proof of what has been discussed – doing this will back you up in the event of any Ebay investigation involving yourself.

Use Paypal

Paypal is the best and safest way of paying for goods on eBay and elsewhere. You can set up payPal when you set up your eBay account. It acts as a middle man who passes your payment on to the seller. It has a secure website where you register your personal information, including bank card details from one of free bank account options, and it will not pass on any of this information to anyone else.

Another sweet bonus with Paypal is that they are willing to cover you for up to the £500 if the order is covered by Paypals buyer protection shield system.

Check the sellers transaction history 

When doing business on eBay, always check the transactional history of the seller. You wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your cash, and this is no different. On eBay you can check reviews made by other buyers, as well there rating. This could help make your decision for you when deciding if you want to go ahead with the transaction.

Only give credit card details to a secure site and never to the seller

This probably goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how often this happens. Never give out your card details to anyone other than Paypal or a secured site. To tell if the site is secure, the address should begin with ‘http://’, and it should also have a padlock symbol next to it, at the top right of your screen.

If the seller does ask for your card details, do not give them. This person should know the rules of eBay and is therefore probably trying to scam you. In which case, you should report them to eBay and they will deal with the matter. Remember you can always contact eBay regarding any eBay problems.


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