eBay and Gumtree are riddled with scams
Well, the Citizens Advice have revealed that one in six complaints about products or services advertised on Gumtree, and one in 10 about sales at eBay, are scams or potential scams.
The CA's analysis looked at 649 problem cases involving Gumtree and 3,711 at eBay.
Problems included scams advertising housing and job scams, as well as motorists buying second-hand cars and then finding out that there was a logbook loan attached.
Other scams include the classic 'paying for something but getting nothing in return' on things like phones and, weirdly, pets. Apparently, businesses are being stung as well as people just shopping for themselves. Companies are contacted by other firms offering cheap advertising which transpire to be cons. There's an increase in scams on fake tickets for the Commonwealth Games, where people are being offered expensive stubs, and getting nothing back.
Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: "Online marketplaces are at risk of becoming a hotbed for scams. These sites are an important service for buyers and sellers, but con artists are profiting from them too. Scammers are swindling people out of hundreds or thousands of pounds by posting false products and services online."
"Con artists are preying on those still trying to get back on their feet from the recession. Fake jobs and phoney homes are taking people's deposits that they strived and saved so long for."
As a result, CA want eBay, Gumtree and others to police their sites better.
If you think you've been scammed, then visit citizensadvice.org.uk or call 03454 040506 (03454 040505 for the Welsh speakers among you).