How to Report Stolen Items on eBay

Written by nick davis
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Theft happens all the time. People steal items and try to offload these stolen goods onto innocent people. Online sites such as eBay and other auction sites are home to many goods that are stolen and/or illegal. Reporting such stolen items can be done, and site owners will remove such listings. eBay forbids the sale of stolen property. eBay works with and supports law-enforcement agencies and their efforts to recover stolen goods and prosecute members who post such goods.

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    Reporting Stolen Items

  1. 1

    Print out a copy of the listing you believed to contain a stolen item(s). Make sure the eBay site address is printed at the bottom and the date. Also make sure the item number and User ID is on the listing. Make yourself a copy of the listing.

  2. 2

    Contact your local law-enforcement agency. Most sheriff departments or city police departments will have a cybercrime division. Take the printout of the listing into the department and talk to a detective. Tell the detective to use eBay's law enforcement-specific web form. He will have to include all information about the listing, including case number from the police report that will be written, listing item number and user ID of the member posting the stolen item.

  3. 3

    Get a copy of the police report. An investigation will begin after everything has been sent to eBay. eBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program will check into the listing, the eBay member and any other listings that person has posted.

  4. 4

    Contact eBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) department and follow up on the case to see if any progress has been made.

Tips and warnings

  • Stolen property includes items taken from private individuals, companies, organisations, public places, governments, schools, institutions like schools and colleges.

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