What is the eBay BuyBack Program?

I responded to an ad on craigslist for a car for sale. The seller emailed me back saying that this car was in another state and he would pay the shipping, but needed to sell it in the next few weeks due to his unit being sent to Kuwait. He said that he is a member of the ebay buyback program. He stated that I would have 3 days to trial the car and he wouldn't get any money till after that.

Can anyone tell me if this is possibly LEGIT? I have never used ebay for anything and Im afraid it could be a scam!!!


1 year ago - 6 answers

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100% scam.

There is no car for sale. There are stolen pictures of someone else's car.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "ebay buyback program" and will demand you pay for shipping fees, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram. Or the scammer will want you to "prove" you have the funds by sending cash to a friend and sending him the MTCN#. The scammer then uses the MTCN# to pick up your cash and disappear.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google "Craigslist car seller scam", "fake truck sale scam Western Union", "fake car shipping company scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.


1 year ago

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I use it it just gives u some money back when u purchase things.

by Gino - 1 year ago

100% SCAM - it's one of the most common scams on Craigslist which is why on the top of every listings page it says in big capital letters and underlined so you can't miss it "[AVOID OFFERS TO SHIP VEHICLES]" -- because anyone offering to ship a car to you is always a scam. There are no exceptions

Here is Craigslist's warning
Here is Ebay's warning

Craigslist is ONLY for face to face CASH transactions or you will always get scammed
Ebay is ONLY involved with cars that are listed ON EBAY and you pay ON EBAY and you pick up the car in person. Ebay cars are not shipped and there is no such thing as an Ebay Buyback Program

Report the ad ASAP to Craigslist to get it removed. This is a Nigerian scam to con people into sending money for a car that does not exist

Think about it - why would anyone spend $1500-3000 to ship a car already priced well below market value to another state when if they actually owned the car they could walk into any local dealer and get even more money cash in hand in 10 minutes??

There are no good deals - anything that seems to good to be true is always going to be a scam

by Kittysue - 1 year ago

Super scam!

by John - 1 year ago

I have used eBay before. I don't know anything about a BuyBack program. I also saw a car on craigslist and received the same email. I started doing research because I do believe it is a scam.

by John - 1 year ago

SCAM!!!!!!!!!!! I got the same email....the second email will be from ebay buyback asking you to send money western union....DONT DO IT! scam!!!!!

by Amanda Freeland - 3 months ago