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eBay Identity Abuses You Should Report

By Marsha Collier

Who you are on eBay is as important as what you sell (or buy). eBay monitors the identities of its members closely — and asks that you report any great pretenders in this area to Customer Support. Here’s a checklist of identity abuses:

  • Identity misrepresentation: A user claims to be an eBay staff member or another eBay user, or he or she registers under the name of another user.

  • False or missing contact information: A user deliberately registers with fraudulent contact information or an invalid e-mail address. If you come across someone on eBay who has false information registered on eBay, that member can be suspended.

  • Under age: A user falsely claims to be 18 or older. (You must be at least 18 to enter into a legally binding contract.)

  • Dead/invalid e-mail addresses: When e-mails bounce repeatedly (single bounces are almost a fact of life on the Internet) from a user’s registered e-mail address, chances are good that the address may be dead — and it’s doing nobody any good.

  • Contact information: One user publishes another user’s contact information on the eBay site.

When there is any form of contact information violation, eBay puts a squeeze on the wrongdoing member(s). When such members attempt to log on to the eBay site, they are faced with a message that lets them know they can’t proceed onto the site without correcting their information.