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Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:09:41 AM »

While many Etsy users were celebrating a long holiday weekend, scammers used the opportunity to perpetrate fraud on the marketplace in what one seller termed "invasion of the listing snatchers."
Scammers opened hundreds of shops on Etsy containing listings copied from other sellers for apparently nefarious purposes. An Etsy moderator responding to one thread reassured users it was aware of the issue, but the post left sellers with many questions and uncertainty.
An Etsy moderator by the name of Linda posted a thread on Sunday afternoon thanking users for reporting the issue. "The reports you make play a really important part in keeping the Etsy community safe for all buyers and sellers and we always appreciate you taking the time to flag these issues," she wrote.
She said Etsy's Marketplace Integrity along with other teams were fully investigating all reports submitted by users "who will take appropriate action."
Many sellers who witnessed the shops were uncertain how the scammers would benefit from listing items copied from others that they clearly could not fulfill. One seller said she had seen the same thing happen in the past, writing, "they would make a sale, take the money and... poof... gone. I saw it done with a very expensive antique ring. Very nasty indeed and I hope Etsy takes them down quickly; it shouldn't have to wait until Monday."
An EcommerceBytes reader reported the activity and said "pirate" shops from China were listing just two items each, one at 99 cents and one at $99, all using stolen photos and descriptions from other Etsy shops. She and her colleagues were reporting them, she said, but while Etsy was removing some of them, "others take their place with lightning speed....someone suggested it may be bots programmed to set up this scam?"
"Also," she wrote, it "seems the "masterminds" behind it may be changing the price range now that so many are being reported."
The incident is reminiscent of an occurrence in May involving sellers who copied Etsy items onto their Amazon stores.
In that case, the sellers were using Etsy shops as suppliers without their approval. They were marking up the Etsy items on Amazon and ordering them from the Etsy seller when they received an order from an Amazon buyer.
In the case of the "Fourth of July listing snatchers," it appears the perpetrators have no intention of fulfilling any orders they receive.
Sellers were frantic for Etsy to do something about the faux shops that were reportedly multiplying exponentially. Some suggested that sellers who were victimized deactivate any listings that were copied into fraudsters shops, but we could find no evidence of Etsy recommending sellers do so.
Adding insult to injury, some of the scam listings were being favorite by Etsy shoppers.
Etsy recently reported that hacking incidents at other companies had resulted in an increase in account takeovers on its site, though it's completely unknown whether the two incidents are related.
We asked Etsy via email on Sunday if it was possible for them to block the scammers, or whether they were accessing the site through the API. We'll update this post if warranted. In the meantime, a seller who was reporting scam shops to Etsy provided an update late on Sunday evening: "looks like for now they are all shut down (hundreds of them)."
Should Etsy discourage users from discussing scams on the forums? Comment on the EcommerceBytes Blog.
About the author:
Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.
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While many Etsy users were celebrating a long holiday weekend, scammers used the opportunity to perpetrate fraud on the marketplace in what one seller termed "invasion of the listing snatchers." Scammers opened hundreds of shops on Etsy containing listings copied from other sellers for apparently ne…

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 01:46:41 PM »
They "E" should have learned from the previous one, when I was still selling there.
It happened before, somewhere between 2007 and 2010....why were they not prepared....
I remember the first wave well....

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 06:03:58 PM »
I think the scammers are getting quite sophisticated. They've been pulling this trick on our local Craigslist for years, copying real estate rental listings, lowering the prices to make the listings very attractive, changing out the locks on the houses, collecting first, last and security deposits, the people move in, then either the homeowners or rental agents notice, and the renters are screwed. I don't quite know how to go about checking to see if my listings/shop are ok. I checked via shop name and a few key words, but didn't see anything amiss.  Hopefully it's all been rectified by now, but I posted it here because I know several have shops in both places, and may not have been aware of the situation.


They "E" should have learned from the previous one, when I was still selling there.
It happened before, somewhere between 2007 and 2010....why were they not prepared....
I remember the first wave well....

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 06:16:53 PM »
Yeah, its shocking Lisa, very wise to check this out.....I think the last time this happened, at least when I was still selling there, was 2009.....

Desperate people come up with all kinds of things to make quick , dishonest money unfortunately.....My brain does not even work that way.....LOL..... I must be way to naïve to even think this stuff up..... ;D

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 07:49:01 PM »
Crazy! Hope that doesn't happen here!

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 02:53:12 AM »
Crazy! Hope that doesn't happen here!


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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 12:49:41 PM »
I read about this somewhere else too. Maybe FB? At any rate, it is awful!  And I think I'm in that boat with you Monika. Who does this kind of thing? Have they no conscience, no shame?

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2014, 01:03:18 PM »
What concerned me is that Bonanza was down for a day or so the week before, from an attack, although I don't think they admitted that's what it was, then the Etsy attack. I always think about what a great place this world could and would be, if those people focused on helping, rather than harming and hindering, the rest of us. Hope no one here was affected.

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Re: Scammers Launch Attack on Etsy (July 4th Weekend)
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 04:28:09 PM »
I don't check my etsy store very often since,  on the rare occasion  I get a sale it comes in my email.  How would I know if I'd been attacked?   How did these etsyers know  someone had attacked or scammed or whatever?
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