maybe i'll look back at this thread in say 18 months and wonder why the authorities/ad sites/BARCLAYS did'nt react sooner?. I have seen the same scam as far back as 2011 and probably earlier, maybe now the authorities have woke up the the situation http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/230 ... e-officers . i just hope the authorities close websites like ebay/gumtree/autotrader/pistonheads down if the owners of them sites cannot assure there users that EVERY ADVERT IS VETTED OR VERIFIED and isn't a phishing fake ad
It is physically impossible to weed out every scam, and even close to 100% is an unrealistic expectation. It's also not realistic to expect for-profit companies to make up for what is lacking in the banking system or law enforcement. It's not fair to attempt to hold them responsible for each and every misuse of their name or site. eBay is no more responsible for phishing sites than Microsoft is for the fake Microsoft lottery email that goes around on a regular basis.
Companies like gumtree and eBay are for-profit companies, and they don't pretend to be otherwise. They provide an opportunity for millions of people to buy, sell, and trade items with a relatively small overhead cost. That is why they appeal to people (myself included.) There is no automated way to weed out all of the fakes. The only way to come close to eliminating every scam would be to hire MANY full-time employees to wade through and verify each and every ad (and again, that would not be 100% because there are human judgement calls involved.) The cost of hiring these people and all of that screening would have to be passed on to users of the sites, in order for the companies to continue to make a profit.
If the fees get too high, the users are just going to walk away to the next site that opens up and offers the same buying and selling services at little to no cost, and the scammers will move along with the people.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that these sites shouldn't be responsible for implementing realistic controls and providing appropriate information to customers. Are there additional controls many of these classified/auction sites can (and should) implement? Absolutely, in most cases. But ultimately, if people want access to these services for an affordable price, even with improved controls, they will have to watch out for themselves, and be prepared to watch for scams.
The scenario is exactly the same with dating sites. There is a lot of room for improvement (and some frankly should be shut down) but it's still unrealistic to think that all scammers can be eliminated. There will still be a large number of people who would rather deal with scammers than lose the opportunity to meet someone.