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 New Scam: "Brushing" 
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"The scam is known as "brushing." An online seller – usually overseas – purchases their own products through fake buyer accounts they've created. The products are shipped to a real address. Then, the seller writes a positive review of their items from the fake buyer account. "

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Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:32 pm
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Pfffft. That’s been happening since eBay started.


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I've sold stuff on Ebay in the past but I've learned of enough scams that I no longer sell there.

A good friend was a victim. She sold something remarkably valuable (and fragile I believe). The buyer claims it was broken when arrived and got a total refund. My friend was out the cash and the item, and fully believes she was scammed by someone who had a broken identical item and ordered a new one and pulled the scam.

So here's how it would go. Say you have a $1000 rifle scope and break the glass. You find the same model on Ebay and buy it, and then claim it was broken when arrived, and get a full replacement and refund for the one you bought. Seller got screwed out of the item.

I won't do Ebay any more for anything like that.

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I've sold stuff on Ebay in the past but I've learned of enough scams that I no longer sell there.

A good friend was a victim. She sold something remarkably valuable (and fragile I believe). The buyer claims it was broken when arrived and got a total refund. My friend was out the cash and the item, and fully believes she was scammed by someone who had a broken identical item and ordered a new one and pulled the scam.

So here's how it would go. Say you have a $1000 rifle scope and break the glass. You find the same model on Ebay and buy it, and then claim it was broken when arrived, and get a full replacement and refund for the one you bought. Seller got screwed out of the item.

I won't do Ebay any more for anything like that.


Sadly people will do that on all sorts of platforms. Even amazon. But yes ebay is the riskiest by far for stuff like that. But people do it quite frequently on Amazon as well. Car parts have been a issue recently. Have a dead alternator or waterpump or whatever? Order a new one, install new one, take your used one and clean it up, claim it either came "used" or didnt work and return it.

What I dislike is the people who will order tools, use them for the one job they need, then return them so the next person ends up with a used item.


For Amazon reviews you can go to fakespot.com and enter the url. Its not perfect by any means but it works decently for items that seem to be cheap, new seller, and have all great reviews.





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Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:10 pm
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i thought you were talking about our resident dentist and his scam.

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i thought you were talking about our resident dentist and his scam.


:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:


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Massivedesign wrote:
Pfffft. That’s been happening since eBay started.


Apparently Feb 9 according to the article date. :rofl9: :bigsmile:

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