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Protecting yourself against scams
These scams often involve car purchases outside of eBay. For example, a seller offers a car (that they have no intention of delivering) at a very low price. When a transaction starts, they send the buyer fake invoices, often asking for payment via wire transfer while claiming to be affiliated with eBay or PayPal, or offering some sort of "payment protection" or "purchase protection". Vehicles aren't eligible for eBay Money Back Guarantee on eBay.com.au, and eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection is only available for vehicles purchased on eBayMotors.com (i.e. not available in Australia).
How to tell if it's a scam
You can avoid scams by knowing what to watch out for. Here are some of the most common scams we've seen:
Tips on how to avoid scams
Follow these tips when buying a car or making another type of purchase on eBay.
Report a problem
Be vigilant. If you come across something that doesn't seem right, let us know and report it to the authorities. Here's what you can do:
Ask eBay members
Get help from other eBay members. Visit the Answer Centre to post a question.