Calgarian duped out of $20,000 in Net car-buying scam
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
A city man is fuming after officials of a popular online auction website told him they’re not responsible for the $20,000 he lost to an Internet scam.
Calgary bakery owner Shaqir Duraj bid on a BMW on EBay and sent a money transfer to what he thought was a reputable German seller back in October, but soon realized he’d been duped when no Bimmer showed up in Cowtown.
“And now EBay said sorry to me. But sorry isn’t good enough and it doesn’t bring my money back,” said the 36-year-old Duraj. “I won’t accept it. EBay should be responsible for their clients.”
While Metro couldn’t reach EBay for comment, a spokesperson for the company told a local media outlet there’s nothing they can do as they are not responsible for criminals who abuse online services.
EBay’s Erin Suffrin called Duraj’s ordeal “an Internet problem, not an EBay problem.” She also said EBay users should be careful about Internet fraud.
But Duraj said he was careful and all of the correspondence he had from the seller had the EBay brand name on it.
“We are the victims. I still have the e-mails and they had the logo. I had no idea. How was I supposed to know it wasn’t EBay?” Duraj said, adding it was his first time using the online auction.