How Do I Report an Ebay Scam?

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud on eBay, you should report it to eBay. If the problem was related to an item you paid for, and if the listing is still active, you can start the report with a click of a button. Otherwise the process is a little more involved, but still convenient.

A lot of people buy items on eBay, so there are also a very large number of vendors using the site to sell things. Unfortunately, this vast pool of sellers sometimes includes people who try to use the site to commit fraud. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud while shopping on eBay, you do have some recourse. Also, by learning how to report it, you can may be able to prevent someone else from falling victim to an eBay scam. This article will teach you how.

Before You Do Anything

Before you make any accusation of fraud, it's a good idea to read eBay's rules to make sure that what you experienced actually was fraud. It is also a good idea to note what rules you believe the seller broke as the platform will need to know this information in order to pursue your claim.

If the Listing Itself Was Fraudulent and is Still Active

If the eBay item was falsely advertised in the listing, and the listing is still active, it's easy to report the fraud. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Report item" link. The platform will conduct an investigation of your report, usually within a 48-hour period. The site will send you a message about any conclusiong it has reached.

In Other Cases

If it was the seller's behavior that was fraudulent, rather than the item itself, or if the listing is no longer active, you must use a different method of reporting a potential eBay scam. In these cases, you should use these instructions:

  1. Go to eBay's home page.
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Click on See Return Details (if you're trying to return the item for a refund) or See Request Details (for other cases).
  4. Click on the Ask eBay to Step In button.

After you have submitted the request, eBay will begin an investigation into the matter. It's helpful to provide any details that are requested. In most cases, the investigation should not take longer than 48 hours, and eBay will send you a message when it has come to a conclusion about your claim of fraud.

Reporting the Fraud to Law Enforcement

If the matter is serious enough, and you are sure it is an example of fraud and not an honest mistake, you should consider reporting the matter to law enforcement. If you do, you should bring any proof you have with you, including records of any conversations between you and the seller.

Contacting eBay

If you have any questions about reporting scams, contact eBay's customer service department. You can reach a representative by phone or help forum.

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