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Ebay frauds cause Police forces to buckle

UK Police forces are not devoting enough human and financial resources to tackle the growing problem of Ebay Scams all over the country, according to a detailed investigation carried out by PC Pro.

UK is the second largest revenue-earning country outside the United States and has more than 15 million customers (opens in new tab), nearly a quarter of the British population.

One punter revealed to PC Pro magazine the extent of the problem after having been hit by a scam which left it a GBP 600 hole in his wallet.

He contacted his local police station only to be told that there was nothing that could be done because the police station is understaffed.

The article revolved around only one scammer that had succeeded in conning at least 20 people out of several thousands of pounds.

The rest of the report shows that there is a grave lack of communication and coordination amongst the various police forces in the country to tackle the onslaught of scams on Ebay, particularly during Christmas festive time.

Earlier last week, BBC's Watchdog TV show (opens in new tab) showed how some platinum Ebay sellers (including a reputable jeweller and a PC selling company) have been using tactics that border harassment and extortion in order to get their aggrieved buyers to give positive feedbacks.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.