Heartbroken Grandma Reveals How She Thought She Was Buying Her Dream RV But Was Scammed Out Of £10,000 On eBay

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Eileen Allen, from Wirral, has revealed she was tricked into handing over £10,000 in two payments after seeing a fake listing for what she thought was a dream motorhome on eBay.

A grandmother has revealed how ‘sophisticated’ scammers made her shell out £10,000 for a fake eBay listing, leaving her heartbroken.

Eileen Allen, from Wirral, has revealed she was tricked into handing over £10,000 in two installments after seeing a fake advertisement for what she thought was a dream motorhome, priced at £27,500.

Speaking to Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond on today’s show, the grandmother of five, who has not received all of her money back, explained how the thieves used psychological tactics to bond with her and pressure her into handing over the money. . money.

Eileen, who wanted to treat her family on a motorhome holiday, revealed that the seller, posing as a 78-year-old widow, repeatedly made credible excuses for not meeting in person.

In a statement, a Barclays spokesperson said Eileen had been urged not to make any more payments before seeing the vehicle in person, but she chose to send more money.

Eileen Allen, from Wirral, has revealed she was tricked into handing over £10,000 in two payments after seeing a fake listing for what she thought was a dream motorhome on eBay.

Eileen saw the listing for the 2017 Elddis Evolution 196 RV on eBay, but her attempt to contact the seller through the website’s message system was unsuccessful.

He then contacted the phone number provided by the seller, where he made them an offer of £26,000.

She said the seller, posing as a 78-year-old woman, told her he had a dealer who had made the same offer and offered to pay the deposit.

The scammer added that he would rather sell it to a family like Eileen and asked for a deposit of £7,800 to secure the purchase.

Eileen transferred the money and received an email receipt from the seller, with plans to pick up the motorhome in Sheffield on April 30.

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However, the next day, the scammer called Eileen in tears, telling her that she had been scammed by ‘gypsies’ before and was afraid that Eileen’s money would take too long to transfer.

She then offered to pay Eileen back, saying she was too scared she wouldn’t get the money by the time they arranged the pickup.

Eileen wired a further £2,200 to the scammer and said she had been “upset” hearing the woman crying on the phone.

Pictured: The list that Eileen and Jacqueline fell for, who scammed them out of thousands of pounds.

Pictured: The list that Eileen and Jacqueline fell for, who scammed them out of thousands of pounds.

But the penny began to fall when the scammer called her to say that he hadn’t received the money from the second transfer, even though Eileen could see that it had been debited from her account.

This led the grandmother of five to contact her bank, Nationwide, where an employee confirmed that the money had disappeared from her account and asked if the eBay seller seemed “genuine.”

Alarm bells began to ring in Eileen’s head as she told the seller that she knew it was a scam.

From that moment on, he never heard from the scammer again.

Eileen revealed on the show that she never realized she had been set up, because the woman had an answer for everything.

He said he asked to meet the woman to hand over the cash directly, but the scammer replied that he was too old to travel to a meeting point.

Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond heard the 'devastating' story and read a statement from eBay and Barclays

Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond heard the ‘devastating’ story and read a statement from eBay and Barclays

The scammer also convinced Eileen that she had a tracker on the RV and which insurance to choose.

Eileen also revealed that a Northern Ireland-based woman named Jacqueline Crawford was conned by the same criminal and at the same time as her, being conned out of almost £13,000.

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This Morning scam expert Jenny Radcliffe said: ‘You can see the tentacles of this. They were ready for everything. They’ve done this scam hundreds of times and practiced it dozens of times, now they know what to say.

Jenny also said that the scammers had used “reverse psychology”,

‘He’s trying to say “oh I’m worried about getting scammed” why would they say that if they are a scammer? And also, bring all this emotion into the situation. The crying, the people checking that Eileen is genuine… It all adds credibility to [the scammer].

Jenny added that the police could get involved, but it would depend on the possibility of persecution.

He also gave his tips on how to avoid getting scammed.

“First of all, look into that list, look into how long it’s been on there, is it listed anywhere else,” he said.

‘Do what’s called a fallback search in a search engine from the image. You can cut and paste an image into a search engine and it will show you if it’s been used elsewhere; she added.

‘With motor vehicles you can consult history. There are many sites for car and motor vehicle history checks. For £10, £15 pounds, you might be able to find some detail of that.

He also advised looking up the eBay seller and checking their ratings, comments, and sales history.

“If it’s too good to be true, stop, don’t react in the moment, hold back, talk to some people,” he said.

He also advised not to walk away from the app, i.e. keep all necessary communication and exchanges in the app to protect yourself from scams.

An eBay spokesperson said in a statement read by Alison Hammond on the show: “We strongly recommend that anyone buying a vehicle on eBay view it in person before transferring any money.” In the very rare event that one of our users falls victim to a scam, we recommend that you report it immediately to your local police, Action Fraud and eBay.

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“In this case, we can confirm that we have taken action against the seller,” the statement said.

In a separate statement, Barclays said: “We have all our condolences with your client who has been the victim of an online shopping scam.”

“We explained to them that the payment would be canceled and we urged them not to make any further payments unless the vehicle had been seen in person.” Unfortunately, our client did not heed the advice given and opted to proceed with another payment the same day.’

Jenny claimed that eBay was aware that the listing she liked was a scam, because the real owner of the van, who later contacted Eileen and Jacqueline, had reported it as fraudulent and asked the platform to remove it.

She said that eBay needed to take more responsibility for the fact that the listing was still active.

People watching from home shared their own stories of how they stood up to scammers.

‘My husband once received a cheap and tacky bracelet from China instead of what he had ordered. So he personally would never trust Ebay,” said one.

‘I got scammed on eBay about 15 years ago, some guy was selling what turned out to be non-existent electrical items. He wrote to everyone after he was found guilty saying he did it because he was depressed and thought it would help scam people a lot of money,” said another.

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