EBay condemns PS5 photo scammers and prepares response

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The online auction and sales site eBat will take action against con artists who are selling PlayStation 5 photos instead of the console, and for now is removing all fraudulent offers from their listings.

Speaking to Eurogamer, a website representative condemned “opportunistic sellers who try to deceive other users”, adding that the site is in the process of removing all fraudulent listings and will take “appropriate action” against sellers.

The scheme involves creating a listing that resembles a legitimate PlayStation 5 sale, but does not go through a printed photograph of the console. The key to the scam is the use of titles such as “Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition 1TB Console – White (PHOTO)” and subtle and disguised warnings in the body of the listing that the sale is a photograph, in order to mislead more distracted.

At the time of writing this article, there are dozens of such listings on the American and British eBay website, with bids reaching several hundred dollars. It is possible that many of these values ​​are inflated by fraudsters themselves, in order to make the scheme more legitimate.

EBay recommends caution with any purchase, with a special emphasis on high-value or high-demand items, such as PlayStation 5.

Salespeople take advantage of the website’s rules so as not to commit any illegality, at least in the technical sense of the word. While legal, these listings are ethically reprehensible and eBay now seems determined to put the house in order.

For now, the console’s stock is practically depleted worldwide, but Sony has already promised more consoles by the end of the year. Hopefully when they arrive they will not fall into the hands of scalpers again, who have made the task of buying a PlayStation 5 impossible.

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