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Hundreds duped on Tradera, an arm of eBay in Sweden


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Wednesday, 24 August 2011
A group of scammer working on the auction site Tradera in Sweden that is associated to eBay, has managed to lure hundreds of thousands of Swedish Krona from unsuspecting shoppers.

Thus several hundred buyers across the country have paid money for a couple of accounts to items which they have thereafter never received.
In January this year the fraudsters began building his reputation on the popular auction site. By registering at least five different user names and implementing a variety of regular business, including DVD movies, they managed to amass a lot of good reviews from satisfied customers.
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Since, it had changed sales strategy advertising hundreds more expensive items, such as exclusive kitchen knives, espresso machines, fishing equipment, life jackets for children, toys, quilts and jewellery. The ads proved to be stolen from other advertising forums online and some supplies were never buyers.

Disappointed customers headed for Tradera’s management, which took a little time to react.
“This seller had a very good reputation, but suddenly changed their selling behaviour and stopped delivering goods. We have extensive experience in this industry, but after this incident, we need to revise our warnings system,” says Tradra CEO Gustav Gyllenhammar, who have made a police report on the matter and provided all the information the company has to the police to facilitate investigations.

According to tradera, some hundred customers have been affected and forums on the internet, which lured buyers found that about 300-400 people could be affected. The figure will rise as more victims come in on the forums.

The police have a suspect, but it is assumed that there are several people behind this scam which has been described as the largest single scam in the Swedish internet business area.

Such fraud occurs all the time on other sites such as blocket and tradera but they been extremely small percentage of all transactions carried out. But this case is shocking and is not good for people who want to do shopping and selling on such sites.
By Scancomark.se Team


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