Ingenious ebay scam
(I submitted a similar post as a reply to a forum classified but decided to post it here so more people would be aware of the scam.)
Did a search for Ninja motorcycles on ebay. One of the results was for a custom-painted 2005 ZX-10R with 3000 miles and a BUY IT NOW price of $4000. The price was the first red flag. The second was that I recognized the photo as being a bike belonging to forum member starboykevin.
From the list of Ninjas for sale I clicked on the listing for this custom-painted bike. That took me to a normal ebay auction page with a legitimate URL. Before that page could completely load, however, I was automatically redirected to an identical page with a non-ebay URL belonging to some company in Portugal.
The redirect was barely perceptible. If you did not notice the odd URL you could easily be fooled. Routinely when you bid on an item or ask a seller a question, ebay requires you to login. The ingenious part of this scam is that if you do bid or ask a question, you'll send your user ID and password directly to the scammers.
I'm used to seeing ebay listings that are scams. And I've gotten my share of phony emails that are suppposedly from ebay. But I've never seen a legitimate ebay page that was programmed to automatically redirect to a scam page. Does anyone know how this is done? Most scams are pretty obvious. But you really have to be on your toes to catch a scam like this.
It's item number 180114083984. To see it, go to ebay and search for this item number. Then watch as the URL changes from an ebay URL to a foreign URL.