Sunday, August 26, 2007

eBay Scam Alert - 12 Months of Xbox Live?

When you need to find a rare item, or are perhaps looking for a good bargain, eBay usually comes to mind for the millions of people that use the world’s most popular auction site daily.

However, many people are turned off from this site for numerous reasons. One of them is because of the good amount of scammers that prey on the easily-fooled.

A new scam to watch out for on eBay is for cheap Xbox Live cards. The people that sell these often list them for half the price the cards normally retail. Once you purchase the card the seller e-mails you the code and you’re on your way to 13 months of Xbox Live play.

Or so many think. These are nothing but free one month trials that expire quickly. However, most people are fooled by this, so they end up giving the seller positive feedback (because, at the time, they’re not aware that their not receiving what they paid for – a full year of Xbox Live joy). After a month, however, their Xbox Live accounts are gone and they’re left with nothing.

One of the more humorous sellers doing this shady practice is hledford87. Check out her auction here. What would an attractive woman be doing on the internet, selling Xbox Live cards all day anyway? It would probably be frightening seeing the real person pulling off this scam…

“If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”. Just remember this quote you see Xbox Live subscriptions – or pretty much any other outrageously-good deal – on eBay.





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34 Comments:

At 4:54 PM, Blogger gnome said...

Well spoted! The gaming community thanks you!

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger kuri said...

I saw this same thread on CAG. Unfortunately, there is no confirmation what she's selling *is* a scam, even if there is some evidence pointing that way.

Scanning her feedback, it seems she only has a few complainers, and they were generally dipwads/people with low eBay scores.

If eBay powersellers who bought their cards ended up getting gypped, I'm sure they know the method to switch their feedback, and I'm sure she'd be shut down.

Good to know about the scam, wrong to accuse someone who might be doing legitimate business.

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger The Elderly said...

thanks for the heads up Ross, it does look convincing...

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Just doing my job, Gnome. :-)

Kuri, I'm going to say she's still a scammer until we find out more information. The way she acted on CAG was hilarious, and this scam does exist. If she ends up not being one of the scammers I will remove the part about her but will keep the post. For now I'm leaving her in though.

Elderly, everything good always looks convincing, doesn't
it?

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I always read the fine print when looking at ebay.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger The Elderly said...

indeed Ross every good does look convincing...take my ex wife for instance...

(several hours later....)...trust a woman in a animal fur.

well i hope that was informative.. and thanks again for the tip.

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Luke said...

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At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people are a little misunderstood about this issue. If there is anyone being scammed it is retail stores. What I have heard of people doing is since the cards in the store are treated as gift cards they do not have any value until they are scanned at the register and because of this some people are able to just take them from store shelves. If you try to use this card to renew an account you will get an error message but if you use it for a new account and enter the code during creation it will work for 13 months not 1 month as some people have stated. I used to buy these cards from people on ebay and resell for profit and I never had anyone complain about it not working or only working for a month. I have personally used a few of these myself for new accounts and the accounts are still good months later. I had to stop buying and reselling these on ebay because of people falsely accusing me of scamming and I got tired of it and just quit selling them. In some cases this is a scam but the buyer is not being scammed as it is the retail stores that are having the cards taken for them although some people have obtained these cards legitimately and did not know that they were unactivated cards. Also if a buyer did have a problem with one codes which happened once in a while I would give them a full refund

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That applies to everything I have sold on ebay not just xbox live codes. I did start selling cards that worked for both new and existing accounts using the instant delivery method where the buyer would receive the code literally instantly. The problem with that was is that I would have buyers that would hijack Paypal accounts and buy the code and since they would obtain it instantly they would use the code right away. Then the actual account holder would file an unauthorized transaction and they would get there money back while the person that hijacked the account would have a free code. I don't blame people for filing an unauthorized transaction as I would too but while they are getting there money back I also lost a code worth $50 which is a double whammy for me.

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONFIRMED THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!!! ITS REAL! BECAUSE its happening to me, there IN TOTAL is more then $15,000 up for stake between me and only 5 vitums. IF YOU PERSONALLY have a part in this, or know an ADVANCED way to track this person down let me know. Also if you are invovled CONTACT ME AT

thisisallforthespam@gmail.com

 
At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got mine from eBay, I got 17 months of XBL for a 12+1 month card at $26.

After about five months I looked at my account management and it said it was expiring within the month; the next day I got a message from XBL saying 'You may have seen an account error in your account management lately. Do not worry this is being take care of.' The next day I saw the expiration date was one year away =)

 
At 3:51 AM, Anonymous jimbo595 said...

what is the scam can someone send me an email on how 2 do it plZ
send it to me at jimmy_badass_199@hotmail.com plz my bro got ripd from it and i nealy did

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

:)

 
At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I think that you may be going far from the truth, true yes there are people that scam on ebay but just because they are selling half price of retail doesnt mean they are scamming you, When you buy the code and begin to redeem it in your xbox it says exactly what type of code it is,,

Prepaid Xbox Live Gold 13 Month Subscription card,

People buy these codes at wholesale prices of 10 for £26, and only make small profit, I think you should think before you post, as not everyone will scam.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very true . At this moment, there are more buyers selling at $35, which is too low to believe. Be careful. The only site you should trust is boxeddeal.com, Have bought from them 2 times in the past, No problem

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOOO! MY plan is foiled and i would of gotten away with it to if it werent for you meddling kids

 
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Our automated website instantly e-mails you the code as soon as payment has been confirmed.

 
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At 10:48 AM, Blogger D.J. said...

What a crock of shit posting. When you put the code in, IT TELLS YOU RIGHT THERE WHAT YOU JUST SIGNED UP FOR! WHAT THE CODE GIVES YOU! So, if you get a 30 day code then leave negative feedback, contact paypal and your done.

DUH! Sounds like the author got screwed! Buy soap on a rope next time so you don't have to take it so hard when you bend over.

 
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At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay away from boxeddeal.com. They will not send you a code. They are total scam artists. You will have to file a paypal complaint and hope for the best.

 
At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont be an ass. Boxeddeal.com is fully legit. I have used it plenty, you are just an idiot.

 
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At 2:16 PM, Blogger maverickjkh said...

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At 2:29 PM, Blogger maverickjkh said...

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At 2:30 PM, Blogger maverickjkh said...

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