Never invite an eBay buyer to your house. This is why

If you’re an eBay seller and a local buyer asks to pick-up an item at your house, should you let them? The answer is no and Steven Sanderson can tell you exactly why. An elaborate scam involving eBay and Paypal led an iPad thief directly to his front door. The brazen predator came disguised as a friendly customer willing to purchase the digital device from Sanderson for top dollar. But it was weeks before the fraudulent nature of this transaction became clear.

Now Sanderson’s iPad is gone and so is the money he made by “selling” it on eBay. He blames PayPal for this fiasco and wants our help getting his $650 back. But who really is responsible here? (Reprint) Read more “Never invite an eBay buyer to your house. This is why”

Can you spot a scam? Here are 5 signs you’re dealing with a fraudster

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a well-known consumer advocate tried to take me for $8,000. Good thing I knew how to spot a scam. Read more “Can you spot a scam? Here are 5 signs you’re dealing with a fraudster”