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Chet Ruminski Wrote:
Right after the money was taken out I was buying a car on eBay. I did due diligence all the way through and right at the very last instant when I was ready to put the pay pal money in their account I caught it. I told the girl I could be on a plane and pick the car up the very next morning she said the car was in a container ready to be shipped. I said the obvious which I shouldn't have had to say that it would save money if I came and got the car. When she started to offer another reason I said okay that I would transfer the money. I hung up and started to report the scam. Got absolutely no where was told it happens all the time. The girl kept emailing me inquiring when I was going to transfer the money. There is nothing stopping a massive transfer and the only thing more amazing about the possibility of the massive theft is the mind boggling disinterest by law enforcement and in my case eBay. The only thing I got from eBay was an acknowledgement of my reporting the incident.
To be completely fair, it is never a good idea to purchase a vehicle of EBay. Never. Unless it is your next door neighbor and it was a coincidence you caught it. Also are you saying you caught the scam just before it happened, and no money was transferred? If so, that is the reason the police and Ebay didn't get involved. They cannot predict the future. They can also not do anything about a crime that hasn't been committed yet. So if the transfer didn't happen, and no one scammed you, there was no crime. It doesn't matter if they almost scammed you.
Those kinds of scams are a common sense type thing. Never buy anything like that off eBay unless it is from a reputable company. Never buy from someone wanting you to transfer the money to a 3rd party. Never buy from someone who is obviously requesting too much from the buyer. Most anyone who knows how to purchase anything online knows that these days.
I have had my CC hacked and 1,500 stolen from me in one day. I contacted my bank, told them what happened, they had me come in to speak with a rep, we figured it out and had my money back in 5 days. Of course, I didn't want it to happen, but it did. The bank handled it professionally and I got returned to me what was mine. They said this happens every day and to contact the police, so I did. The police told me that there is a very tiny chance of catching anyone involved. I understood that due to how many of those calls they get a day and the fact tracing someone electronically rather than physically is harder.
My point in bringing that up is that I think you are going way overboard with the thought that the "bad guys" are waiting with their finger on a GO button to make this transfer. It's just not the case. If they could do so, they would have done it already. Stealing 1k here and there is much different from stealing the trillions that you are referring to. If would have to be a global strike, and almost simultaneous to pull something like that off. I can't think of a group in the world (that I know of) that would have the tech, resources, to make that happen. Not to mention the group would have to have a bank/s that was extremely terrorist friendly. Oh yeah, and also could figure out how to hid the fact that they just came across trillions of dollars the same day as trillions of dollars was stolen.
It's just not feasible.