British man scammed into paying $826 for a picture of an Xbox One

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Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year-old who lives in Billborough, which is near Nottingham, UK, spent £450 (roughly US$749.02) on an Xbox One. Or so he thought. Turns out, what he ended up buying was a picture of an Xbox One.

The ad for the Xbox One was posted on eBay and although the ad was a little suspicious, Clatworthy brushed it off anyway because it was still a little cheaper than the rest of the Xbox Ones on there. He also wanted to buy the console for his son, 4-year-old McKenzie.

“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,” Clatworthy said to the Nottingham Post.

A couple of days later he got the picture in the mail, which had an Xbox One as well as a copy of Fifa 14 on it, with a cheeky note on the back that said “thank you for purchase”. Understandably Clatsworthy was not amused at all.

eBay is currently looking into the scam and also saying that Clatsworthy will get a full refund, though this has to come from the person who put the ad up. “We don’t allow listings which mislead and will take action against this seller,” an eBay rep said.

Hopefully Clatsworthy gets some sort of justice. As for the rest of us, let this be reminder: if it is too good to be true + it is on eBay, it probably is a scam.

[via Cnet, Nottingham Post]

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  • Tom

    He got what he bought. No scam. Stupid, yes.

  • JonE

    eBay is quite serious about it’s established policies and I’m quite sure they will make this right.

    It took me two years of pleading to let eBay let me open an account since my email had been used by a Scammer at some point. And I think the only reason they relented was because I was a PayPal account holder in good standing for years before that.

    But there are a whole list of things that do not make sense to me about this and if this person is trying to scam eBay they will find themselves on the short end of the stick; I’m thinkin.

  • patchworks

    Bilborough is actually in the UK and is a near Nottingham (home of Robin Hood, actually that is disputed and now believed to be Lincoln)