We recently purchased a vehicle through ebay. Today we found out that it was a scam and are now out of 3,000 dollars. We contacted ebay, and asked what we need to do in order to get out money back. They told us that they can not guarantee we will acquire our money back. Their name is on every email and money slip sent. They told us the seller that was selling the vehicle was no longer part of their system. We tried to contact the seller and no response. Ebay informed us since it was not done through pay pal it is not fully protected for money back. They had us file a claim for fraud, but also informed us that they were not liable for the money..
File a police report in the county where you sent the money.
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Always pay through PayPal when buying online. Your guaranteed to get your money back. In any case, suing to get your money back from Ebay and/or their seller is an option, but it will cost you way more in attorneys fees and costs than the $3k you are out, although if successful you could probably get your attorneys fees and costs reimbursed. You could report the matter to the El Paso County Attorneys office, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, though I doubt seriously they will do anything based on my experience.
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