Scammer blames everyone but himself

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‘eBay cost me £55k – my home and car’

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

That’s the headline of an article in the Wimbledon Guardian regarding Simon Waugh jailed in March for hawking fake designer goods on eBay.

His brother (understandably) thinks he’s been treated harshly and should have had a slap on the wrist with a fine or community service. The courts however disagree and imposed the jail sentance and at this weeks confiscation hearing, he was ordered him to sell his flat car to pay back £55,000 which is about a third of what his scam netted.

As his brother said according to the article his life has been ruined, he has no where to live and will find it hard to get a job.

“Simon had been doing what everyone does and selling bric-a-brac, that he had bought from charity shops, on eBay as a hobby. He then began selling CDs and it was just a case of trying things and seeing what sold best.”

The fact this was a first offence is beside the point, the scale of the crime £170,000 a year isn’t something you can do by mistake!

What I really object to however is blaming eBay! “everyone does it”, “eBay cost me £55k”…. erm sorry but no! How about blaming yourself? If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!

3 Responses

  1. Did he really have a “flat car”, it must have been great when there are no parking spaces left :-).

    But seriously, well done the TS – keep up the good work.

  2. “He then began selling CDs and it was just a case of trying things and seeing what sold best”

    Coining £170,000, I reckon HMV or Virgin should hire him, as he seems to be EXRTREMELY intuitive about what sells best…



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