eBay Used For Shoplifting Pre-Sales Efforts
from the so-there-are-my-stolen-goods... dept
Criminals using eBay as a way to sell what they’ve stolen is nothing new at all. We’ve even had stories (from years ago) about people finding their own stolen goods on eBay. However, it appears that the “professionals” in retailing loss prevention are finally catching on. At a recent conference on retail fraud, there was apparently an entire session devoted to eBay’s role in the loss prevention world. Among the points in the article is that many loss prevention groups know they should be looking on eBay, but claim they don’t have the time to go after obvious thieves they spot there. They also note that the police are usually of little help. Still, perhaps the most fascinating issue in the story is that some are convinced that shoplifters are posting things to eBay before they steal goods. They see people posting clothing in various colors and sizes, and assume that these are “steal to order” deals, where the thief waits for an “order” and then goes into a store and steals the matching item.