From a recent dealing with an individual on eBay, I figured out how easy it is for someone to scam another person on eBay, without the usual tricks of cheque fraud, escrow services and other similarly well documented tricks. No forget all of that, instead all that is required is a tracking number and eBay's utterly useless chimps in customer service will side with the seller.
After purchasing a job lot of processors (for £29), the seller claimed to have sent the items to me. Furnishing me with a DHL tracking number that doesn't work on DHL's website but rather through Parcels2Go, it clearly states it wasn't delivered to my address and was picked up by some bloke who doesn't even exist on the street. So obviously I take this up with eBay, providing them with evidence that clearly states that the item was not delivered to the address I had asked.
The response after appealing the first decision that went against me? eBay cannot overturn the verdict because a valid tracking number was provided.
Yes, you read right, a tracking number that not only doesn't work on the courier's website but on a third party website and one that shows, clearly, that the package has not be delivered to the right address.
So if you want to scam people on eBay as the 'auction' site simply hires chimps that obviously don't know their arse from their elbow then provide a valid tracking number. Hell send it to yourself, eBay won't care.
I pray for the day a company with enough clout to challenge eBay and its payment service, Paypal, comes out and kicks this once useful website into the annals of web history.