Police patrol eBay
Following on from yesterday’s article detailing eBay’s new and recursive initiative to prevent its customers from being defrauded by cajoling its customers to work as an anti-fraud hive unit via its VeRO program, it seems the police have also unleashed some clout on fake goods being peddled on the site.
Lancashire police have laid the smack-down on one Jonathan Hartley, who took the good folk of eBay on a £140k ride down Fake Goods Lane. Already jailed for fraud last year (18 months), the courts have now granted police a confiscation order to seize £100k back from him – that’s all he had left. And in accord with the timeless nature of justice in this world, only half the scammed money goes to the victims with the rest quaffed down by the Crown Prosecution, Magistrates’ Court and the fuzz.
Still, it’s better than the kick in the teeth Jonathan Hartley sorely deserves. Sounds like the UK legal system is on our side in the fight against eBay scammers.
Unfortunately it only sounds like that. Most, if not all evidence of our judicial system making dents in the shady world of eBay con-artists comes from high-profile, big-money scams like this. Could it be to do with the case having a £50k turnover for officials? Who knows.
Still, I have heard other tales involving the police and eBay. Like when they ask eBay “hey how do we catch fraudsters anyway?”, allow their riot gear to be debadged and flogged on-site and when they themselves run scamming operations on eBay. So they are involved... just not in the right way, yet.
Fingers crossed for VeRO, then.