Reports are circulating of a feedback extortion racket where sellers are demanding $100 in exchange for positive feedback.
A thread originally posted on the , and reposted on eBayink comments, explains how a seller received an email from a buyer, saying “We are prepared to leave you 5 Positive Feedbacks or 5 Negative Feedbacks depending on your actions. In a nutshell, we are in the business of selling Positive Feedbacks to eBay Sellers for $20 each, totaling $100 for 5 Positive Feedbacks.”
The email warns against reporting the demands to eBay and threatens “If you refuse to purchase the 5 Positive Feedbacks, we will leave you 5 Negative Feedbacks for starters…. we have enough [eBay accounts] to consistently leave you Negative Feedbacks for months resulting in you having to shut down your business.”
Whilst this might appear a truly frightening prospect it’s not only something that eBay would take extremely seriously, but is also without a doubt illegal. Any extortion attempt along these lines should be reported to eBay as soon as it is received, and also to the police.
Regardless of how many user accounts may be involved (assuming the rumour is true) the perpetrators would soon be identifiable if negative feedback was left. It should also be remembered that feedback extortion is the very rare exception rather than the norm.