Nokia N91 - eBay Fraud
is a fabulous handset, but it's not out until 2006.
So, why exactly are there dozens of auctions on
eBay for a handset that isn't out yet?
Well, simply put - it's fraud. The Nokia
N91 handsets listed do not exist, and the accounts advertising
them are either hacked or just newly registered in order
to rip off buyers. Alarmingly, many buyer are taken
in by these frauds and are prepared to put up large
sums of money for products that will never turn up.
are several tell-tale signs that you can look for with
these fraudulent listings - apart from the fact that
the N91 isn't out yet. For example, a seller might have
positive feedback, but is there any evidence in their
transaction and feedback history that they have ever
sold mobile phones before? After all, some of these
listing are promising 20+ brand new handsets.. that's
serious money, and any seller who is advertising that
quantity of product should have a clearly visible history
of selling this kind of item.
Another obvious sign is to look for
an email address or other contact data in the listing.
A typical approach is to use a Hotmail or Yahoo account,
or some other free email provider and ask the seller
to "contact them before bidding". This typically
happens this way because the account has been hacked,
and the scammers don't have access to the original sender's
mailbox. It also means that eBay can't offer you any
protection when you inevitably get ripped off.
Until the Nokia N91 is officially released
- and that will be in the new year 2006 - all eBay listings
should be counted as fraud. This is not the first time
it has happened either, the Nokia 9500, 7710 and Sony
Ericsson P910i were all targetted by fraudsters in the
If you see one of these fraudulent listings,
you should report it. At the bottom of each eBay page
is a link labelled Security Center (US), Safety
Centre (UK), Security Centre (Canada, Australia).
You will need to know the item number of the fraudulent
auction (it's a 10 digit number). Each eBay site then
has an easy-to-follow process where you can report the
listing that violates eBay's policies.. and hopefully
get the scammers shut down!
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