This scam also scams the sellers
Here’s how it works:
Con-artists advertise on a classified ad site. They’re looking for people who already sell items on ebay and have high positive feedback. They want these sellers to be "sales managers" and sell third-party merchandise.
The scammers offer high-ticket items like televisions to their "sales managers." Since the prices are low – in many cases below wholesale – there will many buyers.
And because the sellers they’ve recruited already have good ebay ratings, customers feel confident about buying products from them.
The con-artists sell as many products as they can as quickly as possible.
But there is no product to sell. After fees are collected, the scammers ship empty boxes to fool everyone into thinking the product has been shipped, and rip off both the buyer and the seller.
Unhappy Christmas: $1120 for an empty box through eBay, The Sydney Morning Herald>>