A TEENAGER FROM THE UK has fallen victim to an auction scam that separated him from the best part of £500 for a photo of an Xbox One instead of an actual console.
According to a report at the Nottingham Post, 19 year old student Peter Clatworthy is furious. In the accompanying photo he looks more glum than furious, but under the circumstances either would be a fair reaction.
Clatworthy said that he wasn't 100 percent certain of the auction when he bid on it, but was convinced by the unblemished feedback record. He has gone from furious to accepting.
"I always buy stuff on eBay and this had never happened before. It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," he said.
"I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal. It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."
The Xbox One bandit sent Clatworthy his lot in the post, and it arrived on Monday. It was a rather bad photo of the games console with the legend, "'thank you for your purchase" written on the back.
According to the newspaper eBay has already soothed Clatworthy's nerves with the news that, since he paid using Paypal, he should get a refund from the seller, who has until Monday to pay up.
"We don't allow listings which mislead, and will take action against this seller," said a spokesman for eBay.
"Customers can shop with confidence on eBay as we guarantee you will get your item or your money back. Mr Clatworthy is covered by the eBay money-back guarantee and we will be contacting him to put things right." µ
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