Queensland cops nail serial eBay fraudsters

Queensland police say they have traced 23 serial offenders responsible for about half the state’s reported fraud complaints from eBay online auction users.

Queensland police say they have traced 23 serial offenders responsible for about half the state’s reported fraud complaints from eBay online auction users.

The state fraud squad this year launched a world-first website where Australian eBay customers can report online fraud. Previously, eBay customers whose purchases did not arrive or were not what they expected could only complain to local police.

Police Minister Judy Spence today told Queensland Parliament that under the new system, 416 matters had been reported by victims.

Police identified 23 Queensland-based offenders, who accounted for up to half the complaints. Spence said most had been arrested, with one man charged with 33 offences and another charged with 48 offences.

“A Victorian man is also currently under investigation, after he allegedly conned more than 3000 victims Australia-wide into purchasing holidays which didn’t exist,” Spence said.

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