You can only blame yourself! eBay has member education through various tutorials. There is also a warning message on every bid page that says not to make payment via Western Union or Money Gram.
Western Union and Money Gram have web pages dedicated to informing consumers about fraud, and warn you not to send money to people you do not know. If you aren't going to educate yourself and read their warning messages, neither company is going to stop you from using their money transfer services.
Chances are you registered with eBay and did not bother to take the time to take the tutorials or read the Help pages. You probably didn't even visit the eBay Community Message Boards to read the horror stories of other victims. Shame on you for not taking the time to do any of these things. If you had, maybe you would not have given your money away to a thief.
Victims, can you not read or do all of you need to make a visit to an opthamalogist to have your vision checked?
BY WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM
NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE
NEVER SEND FUNDS VIA AN INSTANT MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE TO STRANGERS
The hijackers are laughing at you, and rightfully so. They haven't robbed you. In fact, you handed each of them your money because you DID NOT educate yourself. Your greed overcame your good judgment!
In the past few months this blog has received email messages from victims that are law enforcement employees, military personnel, lawyers and loan officers - professions where these people do due diligence every day for their occupations, yet they cannot do it for themselves because they are lazy and greedy.
We have received messages from people that have fallen victim to the Nokia N95 and Apple I-Phone scams. You tried to buy merchandise that isn't even out on the market yet. Did you do your research? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Your greed overcame you trying to buy tickets to sporting events. You were so desperate to buy those tickets that you did not do your homework. Now, you will sit at home in front of the television watching the games.
We tell you to only use eBay's "Ask Seller a Question" (ASQ) feature to ask sellers questions and not write to their email addresses or fill out their inquiry forms embedded in the listings. Did you see that the listing you were interested in was in the wrong category? Did you check the eBay member's feedback to see what product lines have been sold in the past? Did you check your My eBay mailbox to see if the invoice was there? Did you listen to our advice? You DID NOT if you became a victim of a hijacker.
So, continue to be a victim. If you don't heed the advice, then we won't have any sympathy for you. There is no cure for stupidity and laziness.
Remember, the hijackers know your weaknesses and are laughing at you as soon as you give them the tracking numbers for Western Union and Money Gram.
Please don't ask us to help you get your money back. You received fake contact information from the hijackers, and they don't need to provide any identification when they pick up your money at Western Union and Money Gram. Collectively, all of you have lost millions of dollars being scammed by eBay hijackers. Unfortunately, your individual losses are not enough for law enforcement to do anything for you. If you write to eBay, you will receive a message back that you entered into an off eBay transaction. You have no recourse.
Team Whack a Hack members volunteer their time to report thousands of fraudulent listings each week to eBay. We do this voluntarily to protect the eBay community. Each hijacker's email address and fake domain is published on this blog within hours, if not minutes of it being discovered.
If you use this blog as a tool you will become aware of the hijackers' email addresses and fake domains. We try to help the eBay community, but we can only publish the information through our research. Our hands are tied, we cannot approach you while you are bidding, as that is considered auction interference and is an eBay violation. Not one member of Team Whack a Hack will put his or her eBay membership in jeopardy to save you if you have bid on fraudulent transactions.
However, if you have not bid and want to know whether a listing is safe to bid on, effective immediately Team Whack a Hack will gladly review one listing for you and provide a second opinion free of charge to make sure that you enter into a safe transaction. After that, we will review up to 3 listings at a time for $5.00. If you want us to review unlimited listings for you for one year, the fee is $25.00. These fees are to be paid to the blog's PayPal account in advance of our review to help defray our operating costs. Paying these nominal fees to us may be the best investment you ever made on eBay. We will give you an honest opinion based on our experiences reading thousands of listings on eBay. If you are too lazy to do the research yourself, we suggest you take us up on our offer. We haven't steered you wrong yet.