Well Rick DeBruhl, a news reporter with Channel Twelve News in Arizona just became an apparent victim of identity theft and decided to write a story about it in the Arizona Republic. His story presents an interesting variation of typical identity theft problems which unfortunately have been popping up more and more frequently. Apparently, this news reporter's identity on E-Bay was stolen and thieves began selling phantom DVD's to unsuspecting buyers. When buyers paid cash but did not receive their DVD's, they'd blame Rick DeBruhl. Unfortunately, he became a victim and found out the hard way that scammers of this type are out in cyberspace. Fortunately, the theft of his identity apparently was limited to E-Bay account information.
I guess that the moral of this story is that you can never be too careful and never buy DVD's from Rick DeBruhl! When you buy products on E-Bay, generally choose sellers who allow you to use a credit card to pay for purchases. By so doing, your credit card company will come to your rescue in case of fraudulent activity. For all internet vendors, make sure that you only buy products on line from business vendors who take personal information by using encrypted web pages over the internet. Encryption is not full proof; however, it does provide a more difficult hurdle for thieves who are constantly on the look-out on line for easy-to-nab personal information. I am sorry that Rick DeBruhl had such a bad experience; however, perhaps writing about it will help others to use simple prevention techniques to avoid having to caution buyers against buying DVD's from them.
Have an opinion about this post? Please consider leaving a comment or
subscribing to the feed
to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
I was "scammed" on E-Bay and will never do business with them again. I was bidding on a vintage Olds Opera Trombone and my top bid was $450. The top bid was $560. and I never thought much about it until I received an E-Mail stating that the top bidder backed out of the deal and that I could have the trombone for $450. It was too good to be true. The owner was to send the trombone fed ex and they would not accept paypal, only a western union transfer order. The trombone was to be shipped last week. To make a long story short, I never received the trombone and I still don't know just how they got my E-Mail address. I just don't trust E-Bay anymore.
Keep up with the latest updates using your favorite RSS reader
Enter your email address if you would like to receive email notifications when
comments are made on this post.
Drug Injury Watch
Mealey's Legal News
Find a Legal Examiner Blog in your area:
San Diego County
San Luis Obispo
District of Columbia
Gainesville, Ocala & Daytona Beach
New Port Richey
West Palm Beach
Rockford & Moline
Valparaiso, South Bend & Gary
Bangor & Augusta
Biloxi & Gulfport
New York City
Northern New York
Greenville, OBX & Rocky Mount
Florence / Myrtle Beach
The Alamo City
Salt Lake City
Fairfax, Leesburg & Loudoun
Norfolk, Portsmouth & Hampton
Virginia Beach, Chesapeake & Suffolk
Aurora Personal Injury Attorney
Inglewood Personal Injury Law
Buffalo Truck Accident Attorney