Consumer EducationBoth the eBay and PayPal websites offer extensive consumer education areas to promote safe online buying practices and to help consumers to protect themselves. These website areas should be considered required reading for all online shoppers, whether shopping exclusively at eBay using PayPal or shopping elsewhere around the web as well.
- Visit the eBay Security Center
- Visit the PayPal Security Center
- Visit PayPal's Identity Protection Resources
Buyer and Seller Protection PolicieseBay and PayPal also offer strong buyer protection policies to ensure that buyers and sellers are covered in cases of fraud or other types of nefarious activity. Unfortunately, many traders are unaware of these programs and therefore fail to take advantage of them in rare cases in which a problem or criminal activity occurs. If you're a regular eBay or PayPal buyer and/or seller, take the time to read through the details of these programs and the criteria that you must meet in order to be eligible for various forms of protection—tiny differences in your online trading practices can mean the difference between suffering a serious loss and being fully covered by eBay and/or PayPal.
- Read About eBay Buyer Protection Programs
- Read About PayPal Buyer Protection
- Read About PayPal Seller Protection
- Visit PayPal's Get Help Fast System
- Visit PayPal's List of Help Organizations
Law Enforcement Cooperation and AlliancesIn addition to the information and protection programs offered directly to buyers and sellers above, eBay also makes every attempt to streamline cooperation with law enforcement and investigation agencies in order to help take a bite out of online crime and civil violations of various kinds. Both eBay and PayPal employ teams that maintain relationships with law enforcement agencies.
Whether you're affiliated with law enforcement agency or merely buy and sell regularly on eBay, it can pay to understand more about the ways in which eBay cooperates with law enforcement and the steps necessary for getting eBay to do so.
Don't Be PassiveIf you feel as though you've been the victim of an online scam, online fraud, or other form of online crime, don't passively complain about the “danger” of eBay as a trading environment, and don't simply write to the eBay (or PayPal) customer service agents, who are there to help you to trade on eBay.
Instead, use the links above to make your case to the teams at eBay, PayPal, and other organizations who deal with these sorts of issues on a daily basis. Also remember to contact your local law enforcement agency immediately if you believe that a crime has occurred—and don't hesitate to send them directly to eBay's Law Enforcement Center and to work proactively to bring them up to speed if they seem unclear on how to go about fighting cybercrime.
After all, even an online community is stronger with active, engaged citizens who know their rights and are vigilant in fighting crime.