My intent for writing a tale of the “Perfect eBay/PayPal Scam” was two-fold:
First of all, I wanted to increase visibility of my situation while I file police reports against the scammer and appeal PayPal’s decision against me.
Most importantly, however, I wanted to expose the complete lack of protection that PayPal’s Seller Protection offers against fraudulent SNAD (Significantly Not As Described) chargebacks, even when multiple people are defrauded by the same scammer.
I certainly did not expect this story to go viral, but it managed to strike a chord in the community of fellow geeks who were as shocked as I was by the absurdity of PayPal’s resolution process that ignored all the evidence of fraud. So what was the outcome of this ordeal?