Feeds

US gets heavy with suspected eBay scamsters

Punters say they sent money, but never received goods

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

US authorities have arrested one man and indicted another suspected of fleecing customers on eBay.

The two cases are unrelated - the first involves Californian George Arthur Cruz, who was arrested yesterday and charged with 13 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Cruz, also known as Richard Cortez, is accused of defrauding 40 users of the online auction site out of around $76,000.

He allegedly auctioned items such as laptops and camera kit, but never shipped the merchandise. He faces a spell in jail of up to 75 years if convicted.

The second man, Hen Ben Haim, was indicted last week in a similar case, but has still not been tracked down by police. Haim, also known as Shay Albaz, is accused of defrauding more than 200 eBay bidders out of $32,000 - again, he allegedly auctioned computers and other items, pocketed the money, but never delivered the goods.

An Israeli citizen whose visa has expired, he faces charges of eight cases of mail fraud and up to 40 years in jail if convicted.

"It's an old-fashioned fraud using new technology: promising products and not delivering," assistant US attorney Dorothy Shubin told AP. "But using the Internet gives the defendants the ability to reach victims all across the country."

In related news, eBay will this week kick off its first TV advertising campaign. The ads are expected to run on TV shows such as NBC's Saturday Night Live and CBS' Late Night with David Letterman, and are meant to distance eBay from the dotcom malaise. ®

Related Stories

eBay pulls Kevin Mitnick trinkets
eBay, QXL hit in piracy swoop
US presidency up for grabs on eBay
eBay gets the law on sweary bidder
eBay seller suspended after caught bidding for own item

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.