eBay have criticised law enforcement agencies in Romania for not doing more to stop phishing. Mark Lee, trust and safety manager for eBay UK, [where’s Rambo?!] said that there “no fear of real punishment” for internet scammers in countries like Romania, Russia and China; “there are towns in Romania where the entire focus is on sites like eBay as the main source of income.”
Last year, eBay in partnership with law enforcement agencies, ran a campaign to catch Romanian phishers. As many of the country’s policing resources are concentrated in the capital Bucharest, they found backlogs of up to 200 eBay fraud-related cases in some smaller towns. And, as the Times reported, when eBay scamming is the town’s principal industry, there’s little incentive to close it down.