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david robertson
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Here's a problem I haven't come across before. This TT Mew Model is one that I restored and sold a year or two back, and it has been the subject of a scam attempt a couple of times previously. This time round, however, when I hit the "Report item" tag, it takes me straight to a "Buy it now" window. Have I missed something, or has the scammer discovered a way to bypass the report system?

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Here's a problem I haven't come across before. This TT Mew Model is one that I restored and sold a year or two back, and it has been the subject of a scam attempt a couple of times previously. This time round, however, when I hit the "Report item" tag, it takes me straight to a "Buy it now" window. Have I missed something, or has the scammer discovered a way to bypass the report system?

 

the link you include is *NOT* an ebay link! Hover over it, it goes to eb4ay.com .. clearly a phishing scam

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Here's a problem I haven't come across before. This TT Mew Model is one that I restored and sold a year or two back, and it has been the subject of a scam attempt a couple of times previously. This time round, however, when I hit the "Report item" tag, it takes me straight to a "Buy it now" window. Have I missed something, or has the scammer discovered a way to bypass the report system?

 

To add some detail to what others have said, it's a standard feature (or at least was, back when I had a couple of auctions on eBay) that the seller can include their own HTML code, including and especially links to pages outside eBay. But "of course", the text or image displayed where you click for the link doesn't have to have anything to do with where the link actually takes you. It's a common feature of scams that work through HTML-formatted emails, e.g., telling you to click on

https://www.Norton.com/extra_protect.htm 

while underneath what you're really clicking on is

http://www.not-Norton-at-all.ru/grand_banks_phishing.htm

I'm somewhat surprised that we haven't noticed more of that sort of misdirection on eBay long before this.

 

(Note: I "boxed" those fictitious (I hope) addresses in code format, because otherwise this censored WYSIWYG editor would have made them into actual links, even though I didn't ask it to.)

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I thought that I just clicked the link. But when I did it now I got:

Oops! Google Chrome could not find eb4ay.com

 

I don't think I logged into a false site - rather I probably did a search, though I can't remember clearly now. I do not like the new link between my eBay account and my Paypal account. Every time something is made easier it makes the process more easily hacked by those fuckers.

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