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UK Teenager scammed on eBay with a ‘photo’ on an Xbox One

12/5/13 9:20pm

Very rarely do you ever hear of scams succeeding on eBay these days, especially those relating to technology. However, a Nottingham teenager trying to buy an Xbox One for his four-year-old son, McKenzie, was duped in an eBay listing.

19-year-old Peter Clatworthy believed he was purchasing the new Microsoft console on the popular auction site, but what he got was a printed photo of the console. The “console” that Clatworthy bought was for £450 with an additional £8 for packaging and shipping.

It wasn’t even in good quality for goodness sake!

Clatworthy has contested the listing and purchase to which eBay has stated they will be taking action against the seller. In an official statement, eBay sent out a friendly reminder to online shoppers about the possibility of scams occurring on the site, even during the holiday season.

"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."

Clatworthy noted that he thought the item might have been a scam, but the item was listed under the category of “video games,” so he thought the listing was genuine. GameBrit took another glance at similar items and found the exact listing posted multiple times with the title of “Xbox One FIFA 14 Day One Edition, Photo Brand New UK 2013.”

Said Clatworthy:

"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. 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."

He also noted that there was a “thank you” note on the back of the scanned photo, further solidifying the wound to the wallet. As stated earlier, eBay has contacted the seller. The seller was transferred the money through PayPal, and has until Monday to refund Clatworthy of his money.

Clatworthy was not the only one who was potentially scammed out of his money, as there have been numerous reports of online shoppers receiving empty boxes. Clatworthy mentioned that he can rest a bit easier now after this terrible incident, and has a lighthearted sense of humor about it.

"I've had to make a joke out of it because I was that angry. At least we've now got something to laugh about in the years to come."


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