Stay Safe on eBay

Safe Computing

Welcome to eBay's Security Center where we've provided resources to keep your eBay computing experience a safe one.

Alerts

Alert: Internet Vehicle Scams on Craigslist and Other Non-eBay Sites

eBay's Vehicle Purchase Protection covers only certain vehicle transactions that are completed ON eBay.com. If a Craigslist or non-eBay seller ‘promises’ you the eBay protection plan, this is fraud and you should walk away. Learn more.

Common warning signs:
  • Vehicles advertised well below what it is worth may be tempting, but should be a red flag. If it appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  • You are unable to see the vehicle in person first or have it physically inspected prior to payment.
  • There is an urgency to complete the sale quickly because the seller has a health or family issue, is being deployed to the military, moving out of state/country or is going through a divorce/marriage
  • Seller pushes to get money in advance and transferred through a fast payment method, or sent to a fake escrow account to avoid you as the buyer losing out on the deal before another buyer purchases the item first.

Criminals want to lure you into feeling safe and may also disguise their websites or emails to look like they are from eBay, when they are not. View additional warning signs and examples of vehicle scams.