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    Romanian eBay Scammer gets 27 years in US Federal Prison

    By DBL | November 23, 2008

    Anorak’s been listening to eBay radio and heard the story about the key figure in a $5 million eBay scam who has been sentenced to 27 years in a US federal prison.  The Romanian was jailed for his part in the scam where unsuccessful underbidders were offered a second chance offer on an auction.  Being nothing unusual to get a Second Chance Offer on eBay the unsuspecting buyers were duped into sending money by wire rather than Paypal and not getting their goods.

    For this reason eBay warns users against using these methods of payment such as Western Union or Moneygram. Such forms of payment are flawed due to the fact once the money has gone through it can’t be reversed. Give me Paypal for eBay anyday.

    You can read the full story here about the largest sentence on record for a ‘white collar’ offence.  It seems through further investigation that Romania has a big problem, even whole villages are getting rich by scamming eBayers around the world and it’s big business. 

    Anorak thinks that although the scammer is worthy of a prison term, 27 years in comparison to some sentences for more terrible crimes against fellow human beings is just not justice.

    What do you think?

    Topics: eBay Media Trainspotting, General Observations | No Comments »