Mother warns other of eBay scam

A 25 year old mother from Nether Kellet is warning online shoppers to be careful after she accidently found herself the victim of a scam on eBay. The mother of three lost £277 while attempting to sell her Ford Galaxy on eBay.

She explained that a man contacted her that said he was interested in purchasing her vehicle. He asked her to send £277 via Western Union to pay for an agent to come get the car for him at which point he would pay off the balance that was due on the car which was listed for £700. After she paid the first amount the man asked her to pay him another £400 for pick up which she refused to pay realising that she was the victim of a scam.

Kellet stated that she wants to warn other people to be careful so that they do not make the same error that she did. She explained that she had to borrow money from her mother and now that money is lost. She has three children and money is always tight even when things are great, so losing any amount is a real problem.

Kellet added that she feels stupid to have fallen for the trick but was at least lucky that it is was a smaller amount because other people might end up getting scammed in the same way for much more. She reported the scam to Action Fraud the UK’s agency for dealing with fraud who have confirmed that they are investigating the scam.

Anyone that has a consumer issue or concern is welcome to call 08454 04 05 06 to get counseling on the matter. Action Fraud can also help online sellers and buyers with useful tips and guidelines at www.actionfraud.police.uk. Those who think they have been a fraud victim can also contact the agency at 0300 123 2040.