In the past few days I have been SCAMMED by a company and individuals pretending to Ebay motor purchase program. They

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Customer: In the past few days I have been SCAMMED by a company and individuals pretending to Ebay motor purchase program. They have the logo convincingly similar to Ebay: Even their email is [email protected] fools one into thinking they are dealing with Ebay ! The seller of the vehicle seems to have been on it too giving a very convincing story to facilitate the purchase. She claimed she was in the army and had to make a quick sale because she was leaving the country on an overseas tour ! I fell fo it ! I paid the purchase fee; the insurance for the vehicle transportation and had been told tp pay by buying ebay gift cards to the tune of $2,200. I have copies of the ebay gift cards serial numbers et al. I was assured the money was to be put in an escrow account maintained by ebay and that insurance money would be refunded upon delivery of the vehicle within 2to 3 days. They sent me an invoice; vin number of the vehicle; pictures et al . I have copies of that on my tablet and would be willing to share. The company claimed and acted like it is part of ebay. Turns out it is a well orchesrated Scam. What are my options as a consumer to get my money back ????
JA: What state is this in? And just to clarify, when was the purchase made?
Customer: This is Petaluma , California. Purchase was made November 18th 2020
JA: Have you contacted the seller or manufacturer?
Customer: It was a used car . I tried to contact the seller by email like i had done a few days and got no response. The " company" is still online : [email protected]
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: How much will I be charged and what are the chances of getting my money back ???
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This is Alex, Esq., and Welcome to Just Answer.

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Good morning. I am sorry you became and the victim and Yes, this is a common and well-known scam that is happening these days. In order to retrieve your money, these scammers need to be caught and you need to file a report with the FBI using the link below and also speak with local law enforcement to see if they can get involved. The problem is that they are often in another country and hard to catch but if law enforcement gets involved, that is going to be your best chance.

https://www.ic3.gov/

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Why would Ebay let itself be involved in " Gift cards " that criminals are going to use to commit crimes and steal from people ???? The website had an email similar to Ebay. I am sure this is not the first time they have done this ! Isnt Ebay partially responsible for this scam since it appears to be a legitimate ebay website ????
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eBay is not allowing them to do this. These scammers are trying to convince people that eBay is involved and that is why everything should’ve been done through the actual site and if there were any questions or concerns this Be verified. Unless it was actually on eBay and you had an account it should have been a red flag. eBay cannot people from scamming others and using their name to trick them. eBay sells gift cards for people to Use And the scammers exploit that.
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