Buy and sell safely on eBay
1. Always check the seller's reputation and customer comments. Don't be afraid to ask questions - click ‘Email seller' to ask a question and elect to ‘Watch a bid' to see whether initial interest dies down as people get cold feet. Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.
2. Counterfeit software is one of the most prevalent examples of fake goods being traded. If it's not in its original packaging, stay well away. Similarly, buying tickets can be a minefield: eBay expressly forbids it and you should also be wary of reseller sites. If a seller won't let you collect the tickets in person, back away.
3. If you get a message purporting to be from eBay or PayPal, stating that the card on file for your account was declined and they need another card to take their cut, it's a scam with a dodgy link to a phishing site. eBay takes its cut only after you successfully complete a sale. If in doubt, contact PayPal or eBay.
4. If you're buying something substantial such as a car, it may sound reasonable for the seller to demand a deposit. Decline and offer to pick up the car in person - that way, you can also examine it and check it's the same one. Deposits are a neat way for someone to con you and never be heard from again.