Warning to anyone shopping on eBay after single mum is conned out of thousands of pounds

The Bolton News: Sandra Moss with her daughter Natalia, who has cystic fibrosis Sandra Moss with her daughter Natalia, who has cystic fibrosis

THE plight of a single mother who was conned out of thousands of pounds has prompted an online auction site to issue urgent advice.

Ambulance driver Sandra Moss, aged 55, was duped into spending £6,500 because she believed she was buying a Ford C-Max car.

Miss Moss, from Blackrod, had to replace her 14-year-old Mercedes car so she could take her daughter, Natalia, to hospital for intravenous treatment at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The 12-year-old suffers from cystic fibrosis, a life-limiting condition.

She wanted to buy a car quickly and came across one on eBay which appeared to be the perfect deal.

But after transferring the funds in two transactions she was left out of pocket — and without her new car.

The alleged seller, who is being investigated by police, encouraged Miss Moss not to use eBay’s PayPal, which is more secure.

An eBay spokesman advised people that if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

The spokesman said: “Thousands of transactions complete successfully every day, but there are some simple steps to take to help stay safe online.

“Check the seller’s feedback profile, particularly for items similar to the one you are interested in buying, and never send money via Western Union, MoneyGram or other less secure methods.

"Remember that eBay will never send buyers an invoice.

"We do not accept bank transfers and we do not offer an ‘escrow’ service (accepting payment on behalf of the seller).”

People are advised to look out for people who push for a speedy completion of a transaction, people who refuse to meet in person or refuse to allow the buyer to inspect the vehicle before purchase, and sellers who want to move the transaction from one place to another, for example from eBay to a private site or from another site to eBay.

Sellers who claim eBay vehicle protection covers a car sale should be given a wide berth as there is no such service.

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9:41am Tue 8 Jul 14

JOHN HIGHAM says...

Sales of goods act
it is simple to use and you will get your money back
FRAUD
do I need to carry on ?
Sales of goods act it is simple to use and you will get your money back FRAUD do I need to carry on ? JOHN HIGHAM
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11:48am Tue 8 Jul 14

BIG ERN says...

You've already run this story
You've already run this story BIG ERN
  • Score: 12

12:26pm Tue 8 Jul 14

TheRightPath says...

Thick as a brick
Thick as a brick TheRightPath
  • Score: -30

12:58pm Tue 8 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Sales of goods act? it doesn't apply when dealing with a con man . Do I need to go on!!
Sales of goods act? it doesn't apply when dealing with a con man . Do I need to go on!! cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 7

1:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Gazo76 says...

So a cheap runaround not an option then?
Not entirely sure what the poorly daughter, as tragic as it is, has to do with the mothers bad decision making in this instance.

In this day and age you'd think people would be clued up on the dangers of ebay, especially high value goods.
So a cheap runaround not an option then? Not entirely sure what the poorly daughter, as tragic as it is, has to do with the mothers bad decision making in this instance. In this day and age you'd think people would be clued up on the dangers of ebay, especially high value goods. Gazo76
  • Score: 10

2:02pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lancashire always says...

You have run this story twice did the do gooders not cough up enough ??


Phew !! Just checked the warnings on EBay they are still there recomending you use the guaranteed payment method Paypal and avoid emailing "Sellers " direct.
You have run this story twice did the do gooders not cough up enough ?? Phew !! Just checked the warnings on EBay they are still there recomending you use the guaranteed payment method Paypal and avoid emailing "Sellers " direct. Lancashire always
  • Score: 11

3:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

JOHN HIGHAM wrote:
Sales of goods act
it is simple to use and you will get your money back
FRAUD
do I need to carry on ?
John,

You are wrong. It is not simple, SOGA WILL NOT cover this transaction at all, and no, you do not need to carry on. Carry on in your blue Fiesta JH.

;-)

The Sale of Goods Act 1979 does not come in to play here as she hasn't actually received any goods in the first place. The transaction is a distance sale in which means it was carried out away from premises, online, over the phone etc.

What used too be known as the UKDSR 2000, or the UK Distance Selling Regulations 2000, are now known as the European wide Consumer Rights Directive. These came into UK law on 14th June 2014 and will effectively be the regulations under which the transaction is covered.

If the transaction occurred before 14.06.2014 then it will fall under the old UKDSR200.

No matter how much PC Plod & Co do their best they are as good as p1551ng in the wind and getting thrice their own back.

I doubt that this lady will see a penny of her money, I'll almost guarantee that. If she does, great, but she will be the lucky one.

I wish the lady good luck, and to those clever 8a5tards and 8a5tardesses on here chirping up and being clever buggers after an event remember, not everyone is distrusting, internet savvy or otherwise. Have some compassion you heartless 8a5tards!
[quote][p][bold]JOHN HIGHAM[/bold] wrote: Sales of goods act it is simple to use and you will get your money back FRAUD do I need to carry on ?[/p][/quote]John, You are wrong. It is not simple, SOGA WILL NOT cover this transaction at all, and no, you do not need to carry on. Carry on in your blue Fiesta JH. ;-) The Sale of Goods Act 1979 does not come in to play here as she hasn't actually received any goods in the first place. The transaction is a distance sale in which means it was carried out away from premises, online, over the phone etc. What used too be known as the UKDSR 2000, or the UK Distance Selling Regulations 2000, are now known as the European wide Consumer Rights Directive. These came into UK law on 14th June 2014 and will effectively be the regulations under which the transaction is covered. If the transaction occurred before 14.06.2014 then it will fall under the old UKDSR200. No matter how much PC Plod & Co do their best they are as good as p1551ng in the wind and getting thrice their own back. I doubt that this lady will see a penny of her money, I'll almost guarantee that. If she does, great, but she will be the lucky one. I wish the lady good luck, and to those clever 8a5tards and 8a5tardesses on here chirping up and being clever buggers after an event remember, not everyone is distrusting, internet savvy or otherwise. Have some compassion you heartless 8a5tards! wsw69
  • Score: 114

12:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

westhoughton123 says...

Thick as pig shi*
Thick as pig shi* westhoughton123
  • Score: -32
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