Thursday, April 27, 2006


Man who sold stolen goods on eBay gets 14-year prison sentence

"DALLAS - A man who pleaded guilty to selling stolen goods on eBay was sentenced to more than 14 1/2 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Cory I. Paris, 34, also was ordered to pay $708,699 in restitution during sentencing Tuesday and must forfeit his downtown Dallas loft.

Paris pleaded guilty in November to six counts of wire fraud, three counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and one count of bank fraud.

Investigators say Paris and his co-conspirators were responsible for more than 30 burglaries at post offices, business and sporting good stores, and boutiques. The burglaries occurred in Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and their surrounding areas."

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Police crack eBay scam

"POLICE have cracked a Ballarat eBay fraud scam which netted more than $12,000 in three months.

Unsuspecting eBay users from all parts of Australia were lured into paying for Nokia mobile phones they were never going to receive.

A Ballarat man has been jailed for six months over his part in the scam.

eBay - a website where people bid online for items - covers users for losses when their auctions run the full term."

Friday, April 14, 2006


Woman stole from stores, sold on eBay, police say

"Misty Hosier's eBay store Web site reads: 'From computer and photography equipment to vintage hand crochet table liners! You name it! It's probably here, or could be. Just Ask!'

From gourmet dipping dish sets to anti-aging creams and expensive iPod stations and printers, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Brevard County Sheriff's Office this week seized $30,000 worth of stolen goods they say the 30-year-old Hosier was in the process of auctioning online on eBay.

Police said the investigation began after the Broward County woman visited the Target Supercenter in Viera in late February and stole items valued at $2,500, mostly from the store's electronics department. Officials said the scheme appeared to be a one-woman operation which spanned four counties -- Brevard, Orange, Broward and Miami-Dade -- and also included other retailers such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Ross."

Thursday, April 06, 2006 » Blog Archive » More eBay Scams - 1968 Mustang

"This story appeared in the Haywood (NC) County News. Instead of receiving a candle-apple red 1968 Mustang from a seller on eBay, a Haywood County man got taken for $5,000.

Police are trying to track down the money the man, a Canton resident, wired by way of MoneyGram to a supposed eBay representative in San Jose, Calif. on March 13 and March 17.

The man originally bid on the car on what he thought was an official eBay site. He was not the highest bidder when the auction ended, but later received an email that said the winner backed out of the deal and the seller wanted to know if he was still interested.

After a few more email exchanges the Canton man and the seller settled on a price of $5,000.

The man told police that he contacted eBay for instructions on purchasing a vehicle and later found out that the instructions he received by email were not official eBay instructions. The man agreed to send a first installment of $2,500 to San Jose, and after confirmation of the wire, the seller would begin the shipping process, according to a police report on file at the Canton Police Department.

The victim then received another email instructing him to submit the final installment, and he would then receive the shipping information. He sent the final payment in on "

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Woman accused of running eBay scam

"A Lehigh County woman fraudulently took more than $51,000 for items she never delivered through the Internet auction site eBay, federal authorities announced Thursday.

Julie C. Miller, who has several addresses in Lehigh County and an address in the 2400 block of Apple Street in Lower Saucon Township, promised to deliver jewelry, rare coins, designer handbags and other items to several eBay users, authorities said. She used various addresses, screen names and accounts from November 2003 through January 2005, authorities said."

Saturday, March 25, 2006


Russian website offered eBay account info for $5 --- PC World Canada

"Russian website offered eBay account info for $5
Authorities shut down a website that offered private information about eBay accounts and based its prices on 'user feedback'.

EBay Inc. helped to shut down a Russian website this week that was offering to sell stolen customer account information for as little as US$5 each."

There are a lot of such sites. I know 5 in Russian. And when I was on eBay I had hundreds of accounts. No real problems to obtain it.

""We're in contact with law enforcement to track down the perpetrators and we're going to vigorously pursue this investigation to ensure they are prosecuted," the eBay spokeswoman said."

Just empty words. Probably the domain bought using stolen credit card information. Even if they'll find where perpetrators are, they can't do much if those people in Romania for example.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


Immigrant is charged in $125,000 eBay scam

"CHICAGO -- A Romanian national was charged this week with using Internet auctions to scam $125,000 from three people who thought they were getting a second chance to buy items they didn't win.

FBI agents arrested Florin Ghioc, 34, of Chicago, Thursday on charges he used aliases to collect the money. Ghioc was ordered held without bond in a court hearing Thursday and could not be reached."

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