Hi all, eBay
has internal investigations into all reports of fraudulent sales on eBay
. One big problem for them is the verification of them. With stamps it is critical to let them know sources of proof that the stamp is fake or illegal and so forth.
Just reporting a fraudulent sale is not enough without detailed information they can use against the sale. There are thousands of reports sent in daily. Many just say, "this is a fake" or "this seller is bad" and so forth. They cannot act on such a report and yes, it is ignored.
Oracle of Delphi, yes. If enough (3-5) different complaints come in on the same item, all with detailed verified evidence they can see
then they will act. I have been asked in several cases for a determination in which I have seen the reports.
A couple were outside my realm, but the users report pointed me to where the proof of forgery was as in a reference site with clear images that I was able to verify.
These criminal dealers will indeed have 5-6 accounts. Some have been shut down and immediately tried to open a new account. Connecting them can be difficult as it is easy to create accounts (on any venue) using different credentials. You think a counterfeit stamp dealer isn't going to use those options?
Here is yet another example of fraudulent dealers. A dealer on Delcampe who is a notorious illegal and bogus stamp peddling con, is kicked off. He gets his buddy to sell his stock for him on there now.
The buddy of course at first gets hammered for selling the counterfeits and complies with the removals. Then slowly (one by one) puts them on again in different titling and so forth. Until the buddy is kicked, the original criminal profits still. THAT criminal has accounts on all the venues and even on ebid, Etsy and Amazon
. A major problem for THREE decades. Connected directly to what I call the British counterfeit producer. His "buddy" is ramping up enough evidence for removal. At present, that evidence is being gathered to get him to that point.
The key is unity when dealing with reporting. There are many reasons why one report is not acted on. As stated, details are important. References are important. Being seen among the thousands of reports is important. That is why one should consult and unite with others that can verify the fraud and then ALL report it. You might have to do this for weeks with a certain bad apple. Multiple reports by the same user on the same item will just be considered spam, so don't repeatedly do so. Now if the seller puts the item up again in the next week, new reports. Be consistent and don't give up.
Also, you must remember that eBay
is a "fast track" site so if you are reporting an item that is due to sell in the next 24 hours, your out of luck. It is going
to sell. There are many sellers of stamps on eBay
who do not know what they are selling. I call them "randoms". It is the career counterfeit sellers we want. Persistent reporting by a number of different users on these career criminal sellers will get results in time. Yes, not in the time you and I want, but in time.
Having the attitude of just avoiding, ignoring, and the term "it does not effect me" really is not working is it? Those kind of attitudes have caused the stamp market to go into freefall with now thousands and thousands of fraudulent sales out there. Only with awareness and USE of that awareness can you curb the worst of it. Getting involved in yes, what we do not want to be involved in, has to happen to stop them.
I never thought I would be involved in this and really do not want to be. But because I gained the knowledge through years of research, I cannot just sit on my hands about it knowing what I know. If everyone were to get involved and work toward ending it, it would happen. You cannot win a fight without fighting.
Many in the philatelic world are not fighters. We are collectors and associate on those terms. It is against the nature of the collector and hobbiest to "fight". But now you must fight. Namely because the joy and excitement is being destroyed by these criminals who have only one intent.
To rip you off!